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My Early Experiments

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My Early Experiments

I first experimented with vacuum forming back when I was a design student at the University of the Philippines. Our school was sparsely endowed in terms of equipment, but oddly, we did own a vacuum former. Unfortunately, it was broken and it did nothing but collect dust. It was 1995. The internet was in its infancy. Wikipedia, YouTube, and Google probably haven't even been conceived yet. Access to information was a problem. It was clear that if I really wanted to do any vacuum forming I would have to get creative. I felt though that I had a good theoretical...

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Kicking things off

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Kicking things off

Hello, everyone. John here. I'm super excited to introduce my latest project, the Vaquformâ„¢. It's a new kind of production tool which will bring true mass-production capability to your desktop. As a designer and product developer, I use a variety of fabrication tools and techniques in my work, including three which I consider to be complementary to one another: 3D printing, CNC machining and the rather exotic, vacuum forming. I've seen the first two technologies migrate to the desktop in the past decade, while vacuum forming has yet to morph into a proper desktop tool. A couple of months ago...

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