Make Your Own Miniature Creations With This Desktop Vacuum Former
A cheap and effective way to bring manufacturing to the tabletop for all makers
For DIY enthusiasts or design-oriented individuals, the Formbox is a desktop vacuum former funded on crowdfunding platform Kickstarter that brings a factory to the tabletop.
The Formbox is a small-scale manufacturing machine powered by a vacuum cleaner that allows anyone to produce 3D-printed miniature creations. Using a technique called vacuum forming, the machine draws suction from any vacuum cleaner to mold various shapes. To use it is simple enough: grab any type of material and drop it into the Formbox, select a 3D template to mold and use heat from the vacuum cleaner to create a design. It can be shaped using all types of materials from plaster to chocolate, and made into tiny products including planter boxes, vases, soap dishes and tiny wall clocks.
In conjunction with the delivery of Formbox, the Founders will launch Mayku Library, a website dedicated to finding inspiration for designs to make categorized by project type. At a time when anyone can go online to learn DIY tips and tools, Formbox is an interesting example of a product continuing to democratize the maker’s movement, enabling anyone to dream up an idea and create a simple prototype.