Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Vacuum Forming

So for the front screen sections i have decided to use transparent 1mm HIPS plastic as it can vacuum form well and be finished afterwards in a number of ways, the back plastic will me made from 1mm black HIPs. These are some pictures i have taken while vacuum forming lately.

This is the vacuum forming machine, Sean admits that it is not maintained that well considering the use it get, with the vacuum seals only getting replaced every 3 years

The buttons and dials, all fairly staright forward to use.

The ambitious first mould of the front plastic, needless to say this did not work but it was then cut into strips and given an extended time under heat the plastic took to the mould well.

The resultant pieces of clear plastic for the front.

A laser cut, vacuum formed piece for the back of the model.

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