Orientation: Vacuum Former

Orientation: Vacuum Former

Vacuum forming allows you to heat and stretch plastic over a dimensional object to create molds or production parts.  From prototyping, to custom molds, to cosplay and textured panels, vacuum forming can be a versatile machine for production-quality fabrication or hobby.

InstructorSteve Sauer

Great For

  • beginner-friendly, no tool & die experience required

Skills Toolbox

  • Best designs for successful vacuum forming

  • Understanding of the physical properties of heated & stretched plastic for better tool & die production

  • Take-home reference packet with machine and tool design basics, including instructions, illustrations, and troubleshooting suggestions

  • Experience setting up and running machine

Tool Clearances

  •  Vacuum Former

(Idea Foundry workshop members who have taken this class are cleared for independent use of these tools in the shop. Learn more about membership here.)

Pairs Well With

Learn how to machine 2.5D contoured pieces on the ShopBot out of materials like wood or foam which you can then use as bases to create your vacuum formed molds with the ShopBot Orientation class.

Plan Your Visit

All materials and safety equipment supplied.  Students are required to wear closed-toe shoes and long pants to participate, and sturdy footwear (e.g. tennis shoes or boots) is recommended. Plan to arrive for class about 10-15 min early and check in at the front desk.  Our main entrance is on State Street, with parking lot entrance on State St. as well. IF parking and street parking available.

Idea Foundry Member - $55

Non Member - $80

Upcoming Dates

  • FEBRUARY 21 | 6:30-8:30PM (6 Spots Left)
  • MARCH 7 | 6:30-8:30PM (8 Spots Left)
  • MARCH 21 | 6:30-8:30PM (8 Spots Left)