Project Plan: Vacuum Former


This is something that was discussed when I visited EOF the other week.
The plan is to build a desktop vacuum former for use by the community.



I’ve been meaning to build one for ages. I have a room heater that I was going to rewire and recase to form an overhead heat source. You can also buy a toaster oven but that’s limited in size by the space of the heating chamber.
My preferred design is something like this and

Then it’s a matter of building the box to fit the size, which is mostly drilling lots and lots of holes, and the holder for the plastic sheets, which I’ve seen done out of corner profile aluminium.

Keeping an eye out for a heavy duty vacuum cleaner would be ideal but a household one will do fine.