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 A simple vacuum box using a shop-vac seems like the easiest route for forming A simple vacuum box using a shop-vac seems like the easiest route for forming
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 Like this: http://​www.instructables.com/​id/​Make-a-Vacuum-Former-Box-30/​ Like this: http://​www.instructables.com/​id/​Make-a-Vacuum-Former-Box-30/​
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 For heating the plastic, an insulated box with a quartz heater seems like a safe and simple solution For heating the plastic, an insulated box with a quartz heater seems like a safe and simple solution
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 Like this: https://​youtu.be/​maH5Ech0wK8?​t=3m31s Like this: https://​youtu.be/​maH5Ech0wK8?​t=3m31s
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 Using a timer switch can prevent the heater from inadvertently being left running too long: http://​www.homedepot.com/​p/​Westek-15-Min-In-Wall-Countdown-Timer-White-TMSW15MW/​203675434 Using a timer switch can prevent the heater from inadvertently being left running too long: http://​www.homedepot.com/​p/​Westek-15-Min-In-Wall-Countdown-Timer-White-TMSW15MW/​203675434
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 Placing the heater overhead of the plastic would improve the safety, since the plastic would be unable to drip onto the heater Placing the heater overhead of the plastic would improve the safety, since the plastic would be unable to drip onto the heater
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 For a more polished design, these seem like good plans: http://​www.build-stuff.com/​ (Used by Adam Savage on Mythbusters) For a more polished design, these seem like good plans: http://​www.build-stuff.com/​ (Used by Adam Savage on Mythbusters)
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 +Generally nichrome wire arranged on an insulator, but there may be other ways to improvise. Not very safe I suppose, without a protective grid of some kind. I think something could be done with quartz heating tubes (a la cheap infrared heaters) or possibly even high output halogen worklight bulbs.
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 +http://​www.gdiy.com/​projects/​vacuum-thermoform/​index.php?​lang=en
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