Vac Table: Buy vs Build

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  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?

    Thanks,
    Asok
     
  2. RedTwoX

    RedTwoX Sr Member

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    <div class='quotetop'>(asok @ May 30 2006, 05:12 PM) [snapback]1253291[/snapback]</div>

    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:

    http://www.warmplastic.com/

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

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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.

    Rich
     
  6. propsculptor

    propsculptor Sr Member RPF PREMIUM 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 tk560.com. 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

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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 tk560.com 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

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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,

    http://www.tk560.com/vactable2.html

    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.

    Chris
     

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