The team at Proto-Storm based in Vancouver, have created a new desktop vacuum former specifically designed for makers and to provide professional quality thermoforming in a portable and affordable package. Watch the demonstration video below to learn more about the design of the heating element complete with its digital temperature control system and vacuum system.
Offering a working area of 200mm x 200mm the desktop thermoforming machine has been under development for a number of years and is now ready to take to market. “No longer will you need to cough up $10K+ for an industrial thermoforming machine or spend hundreds of dollars to wait weeks for your supplier to run your prototype forms. With the Thermo-Rig, if you can dream it, you can make it in a matter of minutes. Start with a clay model, a carving, a 3D print or heck, even a fruit carving from the weird cat lady down the street. Simply plug it in, load it up with your favorite plastic, dial in the temp and go. “
The Proto-Storm desktop vacuum former is now available to back from $419 or £324 with worldwide shipping expected to take place during January 2019. “Thermoforming at its simplest level is the process of heating special plastic to the point at which it is pliable or in scientific terms: “melty”. Then that special “melty” plastic is stretched over a 3D template where vacuum can be applied to make a high resolution copy of that template. The end result is a form that can be then used a final product or used as a mold. These molds can then be filled with casting compound for quick and consistent production. “
For more details, full specifications and a complete list of all available pledges jump over to the official Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign page by following the link below.
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