Typically, when I have a new product to blog about, I have one or two people in particular in my life who will really love it. I tend to share it with them first to alert them what I’m writing about and to keep an eye out. However, with the FormBox by Mayku, I find I’m telling everyone I see and shouting it from rooftops – and no one can believe their eyes.
The FormBox is a desktop vacuum former. Connecting to the trusty vacuum cleaner right in your own home, this device enables you to create objects and molds in just seconds. It works faster than a 3D printer meaning you can create objects or even prototypes in a flash.
Simply insert your material of choice into the FormBox. This could be anything from ABS plastic (the same material used for Lego), polystyrene, acrylic PMMA, and much, much more. From there, place your 3D template on the bed of the FormBox. Once again, this could be virtually anything from a potato to a banana to a non-food item. Once switched on, the FormBox will heat up the material which you then pull over the 3D template to create the form.
The form can be used as the final product for your project or it can be the mold to create so much more. If used as a mold, it can be filled to shape concrete, foam, ice, silicone, plaster, chocolate, Jell-O, and even resin. No matter what your final product, the FormBox gives you the complete foundation to create anything you can imagine. You can even use FormBox to create replicas of your 3D-printing shapes to expedite your process.
While you may be excited to start creating all those things you’re thinking about, the endless possibilities can be daunting. Because of this, the creators of FormBox have started the Mayku Library, an online platform where you can share your projects, see others’ creations, get inspiration, and even view project instructions for tried and tested designs.
Taking up minimal space on your desk as it measures just 458mm wide and 300mm tall, and working with any vacuum, the FormBox is perfect for makers, designers, small businesses, and anyone else who wants to create. The kit comes with 30 sheets of different types of material, a universal vacuum connector, a power cord, a first-time making kit, and a connector tube.
The FormBox is currently live on Kickstarter with the campaign ending on June 3rd. Having raised an impressive $545k (and counting) of their original $50k goal, the FormBox will most certainly become a reality. If you act fast you can secure your very own for just $349 and the device will ship in May 2017.