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    Vaccum molding technic, quick and clean

    Is there anyone who thought to use this technic to mould dash parts or Fake engine covers

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jOxhQ1lhV8

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhajk_IDTUo

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    That is really cool. Thanks

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    Re: Vaccum molding technic, quick and clean

    Quote Originally Posted by vonjet
    That is really cool. Thanks
    +1 ***Wondering where I can get sheets of plastic from***

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    Quote Originally Posted by pkid777
    Quote Originally Posted by vonjet
    That is really cool. Thanks
    +1 ***Wondering where I can get sheets of plastic from***
    yes whats it called?

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    Re: Vaccum molding technic, quick and clean

    Since the guy used sheet after sheet molding junk. I would think it should be fairley cheep. Anyone know what this plastic stuff is called?

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    Re: Vaccum molding technic, quick and clean

    Does anyone remember this toy? I know i'm dating myself but I used to have one of these when I was a kid. I remember when I wasn't using it for it's intended purpose I would cut up hot dogs and fry them on the heating plate. It was like a easy bake oven for boys. ummmm good.

    This is a strong reason to be nostalgic of the past! According to Wikipedia, Vac-u-former was a toy made by Mattel in the 1960s. Based on the industrial process of vacuum forming, a square piece of plastic was clamped in a holder and heated over a metal plate. When the plastic was soft, the holder was swung to the other side, over a mold of the object to be formed. Then pressing a handle on the side of the unit created a vacuum, sucking the plastic down over the mold and shaping it to it. When the plastic cooled it solidified, making an impression of the item. Various molds came with the kit, but almost any small object could be used as a mold.

    Because very hot surfaces were easily accessible to a child (or adult) playing with the toy, it probably could not be sold today ...
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    Looks dangerous !! I agree, they would never be allowed to sell that today.
    Reminds me of a Sat Night Live skit where Dan Akroyd played a sleasy toy salesman. One toy he was promoting was called "Bag O' Glass"
    And the joke is,<br />when he awoke his,<br />body was covered in Coke fizz !

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    Those things made the best mini grilled cheese sandwiches ever!

    Boy does that bring back memories. Mine was a hand me down (I'm 42) but I loved it.

    As far as the DIY vac forming....

    From the website above, I'm wondering if the .062" black ABS would be rigid enough to make a mold of something like a Fog light cover / grille for my Jag XJS (without being too flexible / weak).

    Not that I really need a fog light cover but just to give an idea of how strong / semi rigid I need it to be.

    Something that is pretty rigid, really under no "stress" but won't crack or shatter in a million pieces if a rock hit's it. Hmmmmmm.


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    Re: Vaccum molding technic, quick and clean

    looks like they were using pvc sheets on you tube

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