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Thermoforming Machine

by romanjurt, published

Thermoforming Machine by romanjurt May 16, 2012

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Description

An easy to use thermoforming machine.
The simple belt-system allows upside-down thermoforming like professional machines do it.
With a fast-switch frame system small series can be efficient produced.

The heating-unit is a seperat portal with a standard electo grill mounted on top.

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Hey, any progress with that video? Just started building my own table, might do this instead if I can get time on the laser.

Hey, any progress with that video? Just started building my own table, might do this instead if I can get time on the laser.

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Instructions

Lasercut the parts as many times as it sais in the file.
Stick-glue everything together.

Proper documentation will follow!

The Machine works well, but some little things could be improved... (framesystem maybe with magnet-mount...)

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Anonymous on Aug 3, 2012 said:

Hey, any progress with that video? Just started building my own table, might do this instead if I can get time on the laser.

tomlombardi on Jul 2, 2012 said:

I'm having trouble viewing the SVG file in inscape on a mac. I can see the instructions "2 times" "6 times"... but not the drawings, what am I doing wrong? Thanks for you help.

tomlombardi on Jul 2, 2012 said:

I figured it out.. View-
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gt;Display mode-
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gt;outline. I'm new to Inkscape, I hope this helps someone else.

neoteric on Jun 13, 2012 said:

yes, instructions would be great. I really want to build it, but I dont think I can see what is going on.

ARTCAD on Jun 10, 2012 said:

still waiting for docs and video....

joris on Jun 7, 2012 said:

Looks very fancy with the moving parts...!

I made one as well a couple of years ago: http://www.flickr.com/photos/p...

The holes in the bottom of the small table grill are there to prevent overheating, maybe you should do that as well...!

Thermo forming machines are really nice tools.

romanjurt on Jun 9, 2012 said:

Hi Joris

I saw it two years ago @ fab6 :)... the most minimalitic design! i like it!

i've already updated mine. it's now super fast ans easy to clamp new sheets in the machine - all magnetic:) but still hade no time to document..:(

MatthewLaBerge on Jun 1, 2012 said:

Very clever, i love the simplicity of the design. I can't wait for the documentation.

Keavon on May 27, 2012 said:

All I see is a file to laser cut... what about the rest of everything? What's the black thing at the top? How do we make this? I doubt we could make a thermoforming machine from purely wood...

romanjurt on May 30, 2012 said:

i'm working on the documetation...:) the black thing on the top is a cheap electro grill (30
€)... doesn't really matter what kind of grill... you just need to fit a hole for it in the topsheet...

NETio on May 18, 2012 said:

I thought the professional machines heated a sheet of plastic on a frame, then dropped the plastic onto the mold which is on a vacuum table?

romanjurt on May 19, 2012 said:

it just neets to be a more ore less controlled parallel movement, doesn't really matter if buttom-up or upside-down :)

with the most easy to build diy "frame on a box" systems, it seemed to me that the process could be more efficient. this is an approach to reduce the steps per process:)

Kotrotsos on May 18, 2012 said:

They do, but there are also machines that push the object up into the plastic. This is actually very nice. Will be following the progress.

MakerBeck on May 17, 2012 said:

Can you post some pictures with it in action?

Also, do you hook a vacuum to it or just raise the mold into the heated plastic with the pipe and strap "pulleys"?

romanjurt on May 18, 2012 said:

It uses also a vacuum cleaner. a proper documentation with video should be up in the next week. thanks!

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