Vacuum forming tools

From: BAU (
Date: Fri Dec 22 1995 - 15:50:43 EET

Who has experience in building tools for vacuum-forming / thermoforming ?
E.g. by RP methods ? (LOM could be an idea)

The tools are needed to be put under a clamped sheet of ABS (or other)
After the sheet is warmed up, the air below the sheet is sucked off, so
the material will wrap around the tool shape.
The tool has to stand approx. 200 degrees celsius and stand 150 to 200
forming operations. Size: approx. 100 x 500 mm up to 1m x 1m (for the US:

4 in x 20 in up to 3,3 ft x 3,3 ft)

How did you do this successfully ? Any remark would be helpful !

Thank you in advance & merry christmas & a happy new year to you all,

Regards, Juergen

Dipl. Ing. Juergen Bauer, Bremen Institute of Industrial Technology and
Applied Work Science (BIBA), P.O. Box 33 05 60, 28 335 Bremen,
Phone: +49/421/218-5595, Fax: +49/421/218-5510, Email:,

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