This project is the result of a class I took in Spring 2016. My Professor offered three of us the opportunity to design and build a vacuum molder. The final device is going to be used by the school for students to build covers for their small scale dragsters.
We built a small scale vacuum box that we can use for molding.
I cut the lid out of Delrin on Lafayette’s laser cutter
We have experimented with a few different plastics and found that high-impact polystyrene works the best. We had no success with ABS plastic.
One of our first successful molds
In spring 2017, my group and I taught ME210 students to use the vacuum mold. We ran a lab period in which we helped each group make a mold and form it with the thermo former.
Each group was then responsible for making their own, full-size molds which we would help them form during lab periods/schedules appointments. On the last day of classes my group and I were among a group of design judges for the competition.