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 Vacuum Formed Bodies

One of my latest experiments has been in vacuum forming, mainly to produce scale bodies for my micro helicopters.

So far I have two projects underway:-

I will put up a few pages showing progress and some of the lessons that I have learned (and believe me there have been many!) while learning how to wrestle with red-hot sheets of plastic.

Iím currently mainly using High-Impact Polystyrene (HIPS) which has a good combination of cost-effectiveness and strength. It seems like 20 thou. is a good thickness for micro-helicopters, but I did some experiments with 10 thou for a lightweight body for the XRB and that came out at 14 g. That is very promising, but tricky to work, so Iím perfecting the plugs using the thicker grade first.

Last Updated: 22-June-2006