UNSW Making

Vacuum Forming Machines

Vacuum forming is where a sheet of plastic is heated to a forming temperature, stretched onto a single-surface mold, and forced against the mold by a vacuum. This process can Design Futures used to form plastic into permanent objects. Acrylic/PETG (max material thickness: 6mm).


Formech 686 Manual (PDF)

Formech 508FS Manaul (PDF)

Required Badge

Thermoplastics Badge
Thermoplastics Badge image

Individual Training in the plastics room at the Design Futures Lab


Suitable Materials

  • Acrylic
  • Perspex
  • PETG
  • Plastic


  • Forming

Machine Locations

Makerspace Facility Make Model Work area Number of machines
Design Futures Lab Plastics Workshop Formech 508FS 482x432mm 1
Design Futures Lab Plastics Workshop Formech 686 646x620mm 1
MCIC MCIC Makerspace Formech 450DT 450x300mm 1