Touch Board Starter Kit
Vacuum forming is a good way to create a seamless plastic form. The body of a toy car is made by taking a holey, rigid mold of the car's shape. You want to then place it inside the vacuum forming machine. A sheet of plastic is draped over the top of the mold covering all the edges and angles. Then the lid is closed and locked, and the machine is activated, causing the interior to heat up to a preset temperature. The plastic sheeting will soften to the point where it becomes flexible. The machine then forms a vacuum, pulling the plastic down around the mold.
Injection moulding is a widely used industrial process and the majority of plastic products are in fact injection moulded. The 25H injection moulder is a bench top version of the real thing giving students practical insights into how the process works.
Bending plastic sheet is a great way of turning a two dimensional piece into a design object. Used widely in industry this process has found powerful application in the classroom. The process of strip heating is simple and very forgiving. The key to the strip heater is the highly localised line of heat that softens just a line of the plastic making folding easy and accurate.
Fast Perspective Drawing
A quick introduction to what the 3D drawing board can do and how it can help the design process in your classroom. See how easy it is to use and how quickly a realistic drawing is produced. Drawing should aid the design process, not be an end in itself. But the truth is students often find drawing very difficult and the more we concentrate on drawing skills, the less we emphasise the design process. Somehow the difficulties of drawing can inhibit the design process. The 3D Board makes drawing easy so that your students can concentrate on being creative.
Low Temperature Casting
Flamefast have made low temperature casting available even to primary school children with this unit. There are no hot external surfaces and all puring is internal. Have a look at how easy it is to use.
1210 Vacuum Former
A snappy look at vacuum forming with the Clarke 1210. note the use of the trimmer at the end of the process. This is really necessary when using 1.5mm HIPS.
25H injection Moulder
This is a great process for the classroom. Students can feel the resistance of the moulten plastic as it enters the mould. Cooling time is critical to get consistent results. These are issues also delat with in industry.
This is probably the most difficult plastic forming process because the variables are mostly manually controlled. With practice the right amount of heat, speed and pressure can be applied. In this demonstration 2 sheets of 5mm polypropylene are welded together. The resutant piece really behaves like a single unit.
Here are a few mini projects for forging explained visually. Forging is a cold metal work process because the metal is heated to within the plastic range where it can be worked through force.