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Thermoforming Machine

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Thermoforming Machine by romanjurt May 16, 2012

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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.


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

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.

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

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

still waiting for docs and video....

Looks very fancy with the moving parts...!

I made one as well a couple of years ago: http://www.flickr.com/photos/protospace/7141919957http://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.

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..:(

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

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...

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...

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?

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:)

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.

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"?

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

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