Vacuum Former

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Vacuum Former
Vaccuum Former.jpg
Name Vacuum Former/VacuuForm
Zone Commons Area

Owner John Sugg
Make Model Proto Form. Plans-built Vacuum Former
Part Number J
Date Acquired
Storage Location The machine is on casters so it rolls around a lot. However, the vacuum former is stored in MESA.
Authorization Required No
Status Running

Other References Reference this.

what a vacuum former does


A custom built vacuum former. Built at I3Detroit
Here is another video
Handout from John Sugg

NOTE: no more 120v plug


Do not turn vac pump off during operation or vac pump could be damaged. Do not use a buck with hollow bottom surface or platen could be damaged.


While it is simple to operate, this tool can be damaged if not used properly. Please read the instructions before use.

The forming area is 22.5sq", you probably want at least 24" so the plastic is held well.

Maintenance Info

Report any problems to Kiln Zone Coordinator or



Plastics that work well:

  • 0.03" Polystyrene (this is what the examples are)


  • Please create list of materials that can be used, with suggested suppliers
  • Basic tutorial & instructions would be helpful

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