Vac Table: Buy vs Build

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by asok, May 30, 2006.

  1. asok

    asok Well-Known Member

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    I am wanting to start vac forming. Should I build or buy? I have seen how to build one but, not where I can buy one. Any pros or cons?

  2. RedTwoX

    RedTwoX Sr Member

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    You may have answered your own question. I've not seen vaccume form set ups for sale. At least, not anything short of the heavy-duty/industrial variety. Perhaps I don't know where to look (I have to admit I've put little effort into looking. I don't have any place to set it up if knew where to buy one). You might find someone willing to sell their home-built set up.

    If anyone does know of a "turn key" vac form set up for sale, I'm sure there are a lot of folks in this forum who would like to hear about it.
  3. SmilingOtter

    SmilingOtter Master Member

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    I'm looking into building one myself. I did see this company:

    but it looks like you're paying a lot for all but the tiniest ones.
  4. Jimbo890

    Jimbo890 Well-Known Member

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  5. racprops

    racprops Sr Member

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    I can tell you that unless your happy with paper thin parts made from .020 and .010 sheets, you will need a real vacuum pump.

    So figure on a few hundreds for a serious Vacuum pump, and if you can holding tanks to pull a vacuum on.

    Mine is a 6 CFM and will pull a real hard vacuum that will boil water at room temperatures. It pulls around a real 28 inches or better.

  6. propsculptor

    propsculptor Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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  7. Boba Frett

    Boba Frett Sr Member

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  8. BlindSquirrel

    BlindSquirrel Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I am building one right now based on the instructions from Even though I had reservations about doing all the wiring, Jimbo makes it very easy. Thanks, man..your site is a boon to the hobby. :thumbsup :thumbsup
  9. Fizbin

    Fizbin Well-Known Member

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    Dude. Why am I always the last to know? :cry
  10. propsculptor

    propsculptor Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I would build a Vacuumformer like the one on but my garage doesn't have the Power to handle such a powerful machine.

    I plan on re-wiring my Garage/Shop to accomodate a more powerful machine, but not right away. :)

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  11. Jimbo890

    Jimbo890 Well-Known Member

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    I've been asked about the plastic thickness, and if my Thurston James inspired shop-vac powered machine can pull thicker materials. Well, I can pull from .060, .080, and .093 HIPS and have even pulled as thick as .125 Acrylic with no troubles. I agree with what RACPROPS said, but I am pulling stuff like helmets and armor parts, and this system works fine for me. Not much luck with ABS, and I think to pull that stuff you need a decent high-vac rig. The more vacuum the tighter the pull, and the more details you can get. But for starters, you can make one of these little rigs,

    Cost was less than $75. I did this one to test the waters, and it works, but I wanted to go larger.
  12. PMTrooper

    PMTrooper Active Member

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    wondering what´s the pro´s and con´s between the different types of vac tables
    i want to go for a flip system
    heater beside the mold/vac table
    but not sure if it is a problem when the plastic comes with a bad angle on higher moulds?

    other opinion with heater on top
    so i can pull it directly down
    too much waste of energy while heating up?

    anyone have some pics of a professional vac forming system or your private workstation?
  13. Light_Tech

    Light_Tech Active Member

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    I started to build one but still working out some of the problems. The main roadblock I hit was getting the plastic heated evenly enough to be workable. But heat guns do wonders in little spots.


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