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Vac forming canopies

Posted: Mon Jul 06, 2020 17:32
by BigReg
Has anyone tried vacforming canopies? If so what type of material did you use?
Thanks in advance,

David

Re: Vac forming canopies

Posted: Mon Jul 06, 2020 23:02
by pbhawkin
David, sorry not to reply to your PM!
I have been busy with this China virus crap and just plain forgot!!
Anyway, I use PETG 0.5mm sheet Like this: https://www.kfplastics.com.au/plastic-s ... TG-sheet .
I order whatever size is easiest and cheapest to post and cut it myself to 13x13cm pieces.
I also bought a Dentist vacform machine exactly like this one from ebay: https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Dental-Vacu ... ctupt=true
it is MUCH better than the old Mattel Vac-U-Form machine i had used!

Re: Vac forming canopies

Posted: Tue Jul 07, 2020 7:33
by BigReg
Thanks Peter, us pensioners sometimes forget that work gets in the way.
Useful advice.
David

Re: Vac forming canopies

Posted: Thu Jul 09, 2020 1:35
by smeg1959
Reading your post, Peter, is a timely reminder to thank you and all of those involved in Health Services for the incredible work you have all been doing throughout these "interesting times". A couple of my former students are now working in pathology labs and the number of tests they are performing on a daily basis is mind-boggling. Kudos to you all. :D

Given the demands of the present situation, I expect that you are not getting much time near the workbench, so the following is more of a query than anything else. Would it be possible to get a handful of canopies vacformed if I could come up with suitable formers? I have at least three builds that stalled due to a lack of a suitable transparency and my usual plunge-mould approach hasn't provided anything usable in each case.

Re: Vac forming canopies

Posted: Thu Jul 09, 2020 4:46
by pbhawkin
Hi Greg,
Hope you are coping with the lockdown!

Yes, send up the formers and I can vacform some canopies.

Re: Vac forming canopies

Posted: Thu Jul 09, 2020 7:35
by BigReg
Greg, I am following Peter's save advice and getting one of those vac form machines. Maybe I might be able to help our friends in Europe in the same way.
David