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Table Project: Mark I Design
Mark I "flip-flop"
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is a photo album of my first attempt to build a vac-u-form or thermaform,
table. This is the mark I prototype, with a 12x18" heating
[left side] and vac [right side]. A Sunbeam brand $25 indoor electric
grill provides the heat, and a Shop-Vac brand 3 hp canister-type
wed/dry shop vaccum does the sucking. Initial test prove the technology
works. Based on a design found on the web, Click
here to see it. Amazingly simple. But regulating the heat was
a problem. The center of the plastic got hot first and began to
sag. Drawing it closer to the heating element. Not good. I needed
the hot plastic to droop away from the heating element. This called
for gravity to help out.
mark II has an over/under design with the heating element mounted
on stilts, upside down. This should have the net effect of a more
even heating effect. If all goes well, a larger version will be
made, so that the larger pieces of Stormtrooper armor can be made.
The moulds or "plugs" are made of simple MDF, poplar,
metal tube or what ever I have on hand. Detail is actually pretty
high. Future projects include a TOS tricorder, and TOS communicator
shells, Boba Fett jetpack, an Aliens Colonial Marine armor set and
First Test Pull:
my initial trials, I used what polystyrene I had on hand, an old
"Garage Sale" sign. While functional as a test subject,
I really needed to find a good styrene source. I eventually found
Plastics Corp." and ordered the .060 styrene in a 40"
x 72" sheet. Cost is $14.39 plus shipping. Not too bad. I am
optimistic that this will work out well. HIPs is just a short name
for High Impact Polystyrene. #43334. a 12" x 18" sale
sign will run $5.00. The paint on the sale signs seem to cause some
weird distortions too.
project was last update on June 1, 2004.