What is the Vac Former?
The vacuum former applies heat and pressure to a sheet of plastic in order to stretch it over a mould. The plastic is held in place and heated before it is forced against the mould by a vacuum (suction of air). The mould if designed effectively can be removed and reused for further vacuum forming. The vacuum forming process can be used to make a wide variety of products such as product packaging, speaker casings and car dashboards.
Moulds can created in many ways using the FabLab equipment such as 3d printing, cnc milling, or laser cutting, or using traditional making processes in the Machine Workshop.
Why use the Vac Former?
The Vacuum Former allows you to easily create plastic moulded forms, which can be used for a variety of purposes included casting, and model making.
The Robotics Lab offers a range of training to help you learn how to use the vac former. This training includes:
Book a Level 03 Vac Former Induction
For a full explanation of the training available visit the Training Page.
The equipment in the Robotics Lab (G23) is available for you to book and use when you have completed the required safety training and inductions. To use the robot arms you must complete the following:
- Level 00 MSD Building Induction
- Level 01 Safety Induction (Online)
- Level 02 In-person Safety Induction
- Level 03 Machine Specific Safety Induction
The Vac Former is available for use 9:30-5 weekdays and does not need to be booked.
For more information about the Safety Training and Inductions for the Robotics Lab head to the Access page.
How to get started
Complete the required Safety Inductions as detailed in the Access section.
Visit the Robtics Lab During Open Hours
The Robotics Lab is open from 9:30pm to 5:00pm weekdays.
There is no cost to using the vac former. HIPS (White) and PETG (Clear) sheet can be purchased from the Fab Lab. You may bring your own material but you will be required to bring an Safety Data Sheet for the material.