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== '''Goal''' ==
 
== '''Goal''' ==
  
To provide the members of i3Detroit with another fantastic tool to build their projects.  
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To provide the members of i3Detroit with another fabrication tool tool to build their projects.  
  
  
 
== '''Timeline''' ==
 
== '''Timeline''' ==
  
Hard to guess on this one. Factors include builder availability, acquiring parts quickly, communication between builders. I would guess several months will go by before we can do some forming. I will not be available to build in March so I suggested we start during the first week of April. This will also give us some time to gather building materials.
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Hard to guess on this one. Factors include builder availability, acquiring parts quickly, communication between builders. I would guess several months will go by before we can do some forming. Okay, more than several.  
 
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Build started on 4-4-12.
  
 
== '''Team''' ==
 
== '''Team''' ==
 
   
 
   
 
While I have been a member for nearly 1.5 years, I have not yet worked on a team build. This will be my first team build and also my first time leading a team build.  
 
While I have been a member for nearly 1.5 years, I have not yet worked on a team build. This will be my first team build and also my first time leading a team build.  
So far about 4 members and myself are builders. I hope to add a few more in order to add high quality welding and knowledgable electrical skills. Brian W. has volunteered to work on the vacuum pump, tanks and the control panel. We also have talented members Glen M, Brian B and Nick B.  
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So far about 4 members and myself are builders. I hope to add a few more in order to add high quality welding and knowledgable electrical skills. Brian W. has volunteered to work on the vacuum pump, tanks and the control panel. We also have talented member Glen M who has kindly donated funds for the purchase of the oven kit. Rocco was also kind enough to donate funds for the oven kit.
 
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== '''Plans''' ==
 
== '''Plans''' ==
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== '''Expense''' ==
 
== '''Expense''' ==
  
Sure it going to cost a few bucks and a few calories but all the tools to build a vacuum forming machine are already at i3Detroit. Several members have pledged donations for purchasing materials. Most of these members are also on the build team. The oven/heating unit is a bit expensive and I'm not sure about the pricing for the metal frame and electrical connections.  
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Sure it going to cost a few bucks and a few calories but all the tools to build a vacuum forming machine are already at i3Detroit. Several members have pledged donations for purchasing materials. Most of these members are also on the build team. The oven/heating unit is a bit expensive and I'm not sure about the pricing for the metal frame (it was about $200) and electrical connections (around $250).  
  
  
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'''Here's a short list of parts already available (or almost available)'''
 
'''Here's a short list of parts already available (or almost available)'''
  
Plans/prints.
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Vacuum system parts.
 
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Vacuum Pump.
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Two 11 gallon air tanks.
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Cart wheels.
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2 x 4 wood for mobile cart/base.
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'''Parts that need to be purchased soon'''
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Metal square tubing for framework, carrier and carrier lift. Ted: I don't think we can get that aluminum to work but thanks just the same.
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Sheet metal for oven/heating unit build
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'''Parts that need to be purchased'''
  
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Platen sheet metal. Vacuum hoses and vacuum hose connections.
  
 
== '''Completed Work''' ==
 
== '''Completed Work''' ==
  
You know we didn't start yet so how can anything be completed? Placeholder.
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Wooden mobile cart is complete. All of the steel frame has been welded. Sheet metal oven holder is now ready for oven. The mobile cart and main vacuum tank have been painted. Upper and lower red oak wooden boxes are now complete. Oven has been built and tested. Electrical wiring is now complete.
  
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Next steps: Build control panel.  Finish two platens (2' x 2' and 2' x3')  and connect vacuum system parts.
  
 
== '''Misc.''' ==
 
== '''Misc.''' ==
  
The plans for the Proto-Form were created by a man from Lake Orion. I will surely invite him to i3Detroit to see the build when it is completed. I will be purchasing the heater parts from him at some point.
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The plans for the Proto-Form were created by Doug E. Walsh from Workshop Publishing in Lake Orion. Doug dropped by for a tour on 7-19-12 and we purchased an oven kit from him. Doug is also the author of Do It Yourself Vacuum Forming For The Hobbyist.
 
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We all love the Mythbusters, right? Well guess what vacuum former they use? The same one we are building. I heard they used it to build Buster 2 in one of the episodes.
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A 220 outlet has been installed on the west wall for the vacuum former.
  
 
== '''Contact''' ==
 
== '''Contact''' ==
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sugg3d@comcast.n e t
 
sugg3d@comcast.n e t
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Revision as of 10:34, 19 October 2012


Contents

Goal

To provide the members of i3Detroit with another fabrication tool tool to build their projects.


Timeline

Hard to guess on this one. Factors include builder availability, acquiring parts quickly, communication between builders. I would guess several months will go by before we can do some forming. Okay, more than several. Build started on 4-4-12.

Team

While I have been a member for nearly 1.5 years, I have not yet worked on a team build. This will be my first team build and also my first time leading a team build. So far about 4 members and myself are builders. I hope to add a few more in order to add high quality welding and knowledgable electrical skills. Brian W. has volunteered to work on the vacuum pump, tanks and the control panel. We also have talented member Glen M who has kindly donated funds for the purchase of the oven kit. Rocco was also kind enough to donate funds for the oven kit.

Plans

After meeting with a few of the project builders, it was decided to build a larger machine than I had planned to build alone. We looked at different designs and decided to purchase the "Proto-Form" plans online. I have bought these plans and printed them out. Builders are welcome to write notes and comments on the plans as they need to.


Expense

Sure it going to cost a few bucks and a few calories but all the tools to build a vacuum forming machine are already at i3Detroit. Several members have pledged donations for purchasing materials. Most of these members are also on the build team. The oven/heating unit is a bit expensive and I'm not sure about the pricing for the metal frame (it was about $200) and electrical connections (around $250).


Parts

Here's a short list of parts already available (or almost available)

Vacuum system parts.

Parts that need to be purchased

Platen sheet metal. Vacuum hoses and vacuum hose connections.

Completed Work

Wooden mobile cart is complete. All of the steel frame has been welded. Sheet metal oven holder is now ready for oven. The mobile cart and main vacuum tank have been painted. Upper and lower red oak wooden boxes are now complete. Oven has been built and tested. Electrical wiring is now complete.

Next steps: Build control panel. Finish two platens (2' x 2' and 2' x3') and connect vacuum system parts.

Misc.

The plans for the Proto-Form were created by Doug E. Walsh from Workshop Publishing in Lake Orion. Doug dropped by for a tour on 7-19-12 and we purchased an oven kit from him. Doug is also the author of Do It Yourself Vacuum Forming For The Hobbyist.

A 220 outlet has been installed on the west wall for the vacuum former.

Contact

John Sugg

sugg3d@comcast.n e t