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Vaquform Digital Desktop Vacuum Former

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4.8?
Discovered on 2017-03-11

Take your designs from idea to product with the Vaquform Digital Desktop Vacuum Former. This desktop system gives you the ability to create plastic objects with industrial strength and incredible precision. At the base of the Vaquform is a ceramic heater with computer control as well as an infrared thermal probe. It monitors the temperature of the plastic in real time. In addition, you can keep track of the temperature to know when your design is complete. The internal hybrid vacuum system effortlessly forms the plastic around your mold. Additionally, the Vaquform has built-in heating profiles to heat a variety of materials including PVC, ABS, EVA, and more. This makes the Vaquform totally effortless to use. Finally, you can use the Vaquform for endless possibilities from bespoke packaging to one-of-a-kind toys. This system combines a high flow with a high-quality vacuum all in a compact and affordable desktop size.

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Overview & Specs
Forming Area :
9 x 12 inches
Dimensions :
13.4 x 18.8 x 16.7 Inches
Vacuum Type :
Hybrid with Impeller/Piston System
Heater Power :
1200 Watts
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Vaquform, Inc.
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Quick update on status page: It is back online -- https://status.vaquform.com/ Thank you, backers!
Vaquform, Inc.
Review from Kickstarter
Hi Backers, Regarding the status page: It has been down since last week, Thursday and the developer is trying to solve the issue. Your orders haven't shipped yet, and we will update you manually through KS and email when your orders are out. Thanks.
Karen Krogh
Review from Kickstarter
My order never shipped and the status page is gone. What happened?
Vaquform, Inc.
Review from Kickstarter
Hi @Sonya, Let us just check up on this and get back to you.
Sonya Messinger
Review from Kickstarter
My status says "SENT" but nothing else for the past 4 months.
Opted for certified. Was tracking sent to email, or...?
Vaquform, Inc.
Review from Kickstarter
Hi Nick, Will any of these videos be of help? 
1. Assembly procedure:
 https://youtu.be/m1WbvOuhRss
 2. Proper air seal
 https://youtu.be/DxUFyKquDuo 
3. Understanding the K and V values 
https://youtu.be/_N7iAQcwc8U
 4. Restoring factory settings 
https://youtu.be/P6G6SGCCHkA If not, you can also set a video conference with us by emailing feedback@vaquform.com Thanks!
Nicholas Edwards
Review from Kickstarter
Some things I have noticed. Been trying to get the Vaquform setup correctly. I have watchew all the videos like a hundred times to make sure I am doing everything right, but I still end up having fails. First two times were because of air leakage, I believe I have that fixed now. All three times the first vaccum comes on and goes off before the plastic sheet even hits the objects. I get the 2nd deep vaccum coming on and it just leaves an impression that something may of been underneath. Also it seems like the magnets may not be strong enough, I’ve had the handle fall down while heating is happening. Power button, I have to hold it in for 3 to 10 seconds till it comes on. Switching to Celsius and Fahrenheit is near impossible lol, the box has a mind of its own and moves off the screen when trying to select. I have updated to latest firmware. Also, can we get a video on doing your first run, showing what the Vaquform screen is at and when to pull down and what to expect, such as will the vaccum turn off when down, will a prompt pop up letting you know what to do next.
Shrinthra
Review from Kickstarter
@Nicholas Edwards You must have it in Fahrenheit degrees, not in Celcius.
Bravo Kilo
Review from Kickstarter
@Nicholas Edwards I don't remember mine being that high. I think most were around 170. I will have to double check. I received a shirt with mine but they sent a small. I'm 6'4" and weight 225. I've asked for an XXL replacement but haven't got one yet (wink wink nudge nudge).
Nicholas Edwards
Review from Kickstarter
Hey, good news just received the Vaquform. :) Couple quick questions, is ABS supposed to go to 338 degrees? That is what mine is set to, tried to switch temp to 170 but doesn't go that low. Also I didn't see the shirt in the box, was totally looking forward to showing it off to my friends and coworkers. Probably get in trouble at work for wearing it lol
Naida Iljazovic
Review from Kickstarter
Hmmm, August, eh? That is later than I expected. I would prefer to get a working machine rather than having to fiddle around and fix it like the people who have already received theirs. So whenever that is the case, that’s when I’d like mine shipped :)
leith stetson
Review from Kickstarter
Please ship my vaqueform as soon as possible in the next shipment. Thanks!
DIGITALLI
Review from Kickstarter
I am very disapointed that i still didnt received the vaquform machine. Because i had choos to shipp later option it was planned to ship april. Today i checked Again, and now its shipping date Will be :YOU OPTED TO WAIT FOR PRODUCT CERTIFICATIONS (CE, FCC, ETC). ESTIMATED COMPLETION DATE IS AUGUST 2018.
That was not as i was espect... Why is it changed from april to August.??
Lars
Review from Kickstarter
Following the instructions of the latest update, sent an email asking for a change to an earlier delivery, before certifications, but so far no feedback. I have backer #148. Thanks.
Vaquform, Inc.
Review from Kickstarter
Also, sorry for the status.vaquform.com page issue, we have spoken to the developer and it is already back on track. For this back-end, the estimated delivery month is specified. Shipping is around the end of every month. The status will change to something like, "your delivery is being processed" once it is with our freight manager. Then the last update will be your tracking number.

Hope this helps!
Vaquform, Inc.
Review from Kickstarter
HI Nick -- sorry your order will be shipped out by the end of this month. You will have a tracking number hopefully by this weekend. Hi Naida, you specified that you wanted to wait for certifications. Would you like to change this? Thanks
Naida Iljazovic
Review from Kickstarter
Where can I check the delivery status for my order (backer 176)?
Nicholas Edwards
Review from Kickstarter
Hi, Backer #11 here. I talked to Yanna about when my order was coming this way and was told it was put on the waiting for certifications, we were able to get it switch to the next batch and she said to wait till the end of March for tracking number but haven't received anything yet from her. Any way I can get a status update?
Vaquform, Inc.
Review from Kickstarter
Thanks for the letting us know about the hit and miss experience with the status page. We've reported this to the dev team who worked on it. About the manual.. We know! And sorry for the confusion. We debated whether or not to include the first (and only) edition of the manual which contains sections that have since been superseded. Not wanting to let all that paper go to waste, I, John, decided to leave it on the packing list. Please think of the manual that comes in the box as memento, like a Yellowpages from 2004, which still contains mostly relevant information, but to be sure, cross check online. In this case cross check with our YouTube channel. To be clear: our YouTube channel is the place to get the latest info. For us, it's just an easier and more responsive way to get info to you. Editions of the manual will still be published for formality and as a matter of housekeeping, albeit in pdf form. But it's a chore that we're admittedly falling behind on. FYI:
I'll be at Bay Area Maker Faire this coming week. If you guys are in the neighborhood please drop by! The rest of the team will be back in China to babysit the production.
Sean Howard
Review from Kickstarter
Regarding my last comment. I misunderstood the “v” value and was setting it to maximum, thus disabling the second vac. https://youtu.be/_N7iAQcwc8U
Good video John.
Sean Howard
Review from Kickstarter
Hey all! Just received my vaquform! A cpuple of notes so far. 1) packaging is great. I was away for the week while my wife was in labor. I came home to find this package on my door step! No email, but I knew ot was coming anyday. It actually rained while I was away. The outer box was soaked and I was worried but the contents were dry as a bone and all components fit together well. Which reminds me... 2) Assembly - I followed the manual insteuctions whoch is probably good enough to get you 80% there but easy there tex, don’t fire uo the vaqufirm yet. Let me savw you a sheet or two. Follow the video in the comments below to help eliminate leaks. Basically the assembly instructions don’t cover this and as a result you assembled it wrong! Remove the handle bar again (or just don’t install in the first placs). Lower the lift onto the bed, loosen the 4 screws holding the lift to the beams, bend the elbow brackets while oressing diwn on the lift (to form a seal), and then toghten the 4 screws again. Tedt it by pushing down on the lift then push on the elbow brackets. It should “pop”. Install the handle bar and don’t forget the paper test. 3) test prints- I am probably too novice for my first few runs but one thing I was surprised by is I thought this vacuformer had a second fan. One for soeed and another for strength. In the very short duration of vacuuming, I only heard a single fan. Did I miss an update where this was cut?
Eric Williams
Review from Kickstarter
I used the printed user manual's not-very-good and not-really-complete assembly instructions, and then I later watched the YouTube assembly video. The video is much clearer. I think I could have gone much faster if I had started with the video. I haven't made a test print yet, but it appears to be high quality. Wash your hands during assembly - the traces of grease on parts and maybe packaging aren't easy to notice until they smudge the white plastic enclosure. Yes, @Mike Godsey - like you, I didn't get any shipping notice. It just showed up, but required a signature (was not left at the door - FedEx left a note and stopped by a second time that day to deliver it). The protective packaging seems to be quite well designed.
Mike Godsey
Review from Kickstarter
Very odd, I checked my order status back in March (?) when your update said the status page was available. It simply said April 2018. I was just thinking that I needed to check on this again, because I have not heard a peep since. No email with tracking number, etc. Then out of the blue, this showed up on my doorstep today. Have not yet unpacked it, but just wondered if others also did not get any shipment notification. For grins I checked the status today expecting it to say "shipped" or even "delivered" but it just says April 2018. You might have an issue with the tracking email updates?
Vaquform, Inc.
Review from Kickstarter
@Saurabh, your tracking number was sent to your inbox. Kindly check and inform us when your machine has arrived. @HMS Creative Productions
We will send you an email to address your concerns & questions. Thank you
- Vaquform Team
HMS Creative Productions
Review from Kickstarter
At the end of a forming cycle , The frame is down the heater continues to rise in temperature up to 545 F after a few min. it starts to go down. There is nothing in the way of the sensor and if there was it would read less anyway. My machine also did not come with the wrench/handle tool.
HMS Creative Productions
Review from Kickstarter
Ok so received my machine today. I have assembled it and have tried to do some parts. Is the vacuum on time locked to the thickness of the plastic sheet chosen? I have been trying to do the paper test for the upper frame for the plastic and it can be adjusted to tighten in the back and in the front but there is no getting the sides to be tight. Unless you add some thing to it to make it tighter. Why is the plastic that came with the machine a 1/4 inch shorter than the inside of the frame. It being smaller give you a greater chance of the plastic moving and it failing . Once the plastic gets hot it moves even on industrial machines. I am about to test it with a 1mm abs sheet hope it works as I have now had 3 failed sheets.
Saurabh Dey
Review from Kickstarter
hi. backer number 123. your website says that delivery status is April 2018. Can you please check? I have not received my machine
Vaquform, Inc.
Review from Kickstarter
@Sean & @Phil: Kindly check status.vaquform.com to know the updated status of your machine. Thanks.
Brandon Lee (makerbotspace)
Review from Kickstarter
Backer 405 - My Vaquform Arrived today. It had one shattered magnet, I replaced with one of the spares. With much excitement I put it together by the book. I am having a problem where it will not heat. It times out saying IR Blocked. The Dots are aligned on each side with a matching color. The facebook page said it is no longer available, I tried to leave a message from your web site it said - error try again later. What can I do? Thx
Phil Galiano
Review from Kickstarter
Backer 130 here;May 5 still nothing here?
Sean Howard
Review from Kickstarter
Backer 402 here. Website still says April delivery. We’ll see if it makes it...
David Mays
Review from Kickstarter
Sorry, looks like someone below confirmed the left side does only have a ground wire. Thanks :)
David Mays
Review from Kickstarter
Hey everyone, got my unit today woo! Quick question for those that have assembled theirs. My right side slide cover has two wires (a black and white) but the left side cover only has a single white wire attached, but it seems like there should be a black as well since there is an electrical connection at the bottom, and a metal retaining thing at the top... Is my unit missing a wire/ cable?
Schmid
Review from Kickstarter
@John
Thanks John. I tried with additional sealing tape to seal the whole better. The result is better but not really good. On the floor, the walls are not sufficiently sucked in the model, so there is no sharp edge. I have the feeling that between the fan of the pump and the intake pipe too much air is sucked from the outside and therefore the thermoformed material is not fully sucked to the model. If it does not get better, I have to send the device back. Unfortunately. With kind regards
Robert
Vaquform, Inc.
Review from Kickstarter
@Schmid
Sorry for not replying sooner. Me and my team are in China and connection to the greater internet is spotty. We'll reply to the email you sent ASAP. @Shrinthra
Thank you for jumping in in our absence. Much appreciated! :)
Schmid
Review from Kickstarter
@Shrinthra
Thank you for your hint. But I have followed the Vorghehen in the video exactly. I'll try again. I am not sure if this type of seal is ideal. A type of hose would probably have been better. Just take a look. With kind regards
Robert
Shrinthra
Review from Kickstarter
@ Schmid Hi. I had same problem at first try; then i saw this video: https://youtu.be/DxUFyKquDuo for checking leaks, and now I have great parts. In any case, you can send an email to support@vaquform.com or feedback@vaquform.com for technical assistance.
Schmid
Review from Kickstarter
395/5000
Hello John
With pleasure I received the device. I am frustrated because the device either has too little force in the vaccum or the part is leaking. I have everything set and tested exactly as it can be seen in the video. The result is bad, even with simple shapes, the plate is not pulled down to the shapes not completely. What can I do? With kind regards
Robert
Shrinthra
Review from Kickstarter
Received mine today Just Blow Mind...really Awesome!!! Thanks so much John :)
Vaquform, Inc.
Review from Kickstarter
I thought I published it last week. Realized I hadn't when you asked. Thanks, David! 王華豪,
Please email us at support@vaquform.com or feedback@vaquform.com. We'll help you diagnose the problem. -John
David Mays
Review from Kickstarter
Ha it worked! That update dropped seconds after I requested it lol
David Mays
Review from Kickstarter
Hoping to see that next official update drop soon!
王華豪
Review from Kickstarter
Hello im backer #220 . movie start with 00:40
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1WBle5sXwaR4I8pF3slCUA-7_BAcw4j-L/view… I had updated firmware,and using 1mm ABS 170C, 1mm HIPS 160~190C Vacuuming stage, there is suction sound, but no vacuum effect at all.
What's this problem?
HMS Creative Productions
Review from Kickstarter
So are these being sent out to randomly not by the Numbers 1 through 1000?
I am #153 with an April delivery.
Michel Perret
Review from Kickstarter
Thank you all. It works. Finally got the smile on my face...first parts produced...
Vaquform, Inc.
Review from Kickstarter
By the way, for help there are two channels: feedback@vaquform.com
support@vaquform.com
Vaquform, Inc.
Review from Kickstarter
Michael:
What Shrinthra said. :)
Pull the connector with the yellow ground wire out from the side cover (you'll have to break the adhesive to do so), flip it around, and put it back in. To confirm the left side only has one wired connection which is the ground wire.
Shrinthra
Review from Kickstarter
@Michel Peeret Not sure, but maybe this can be useful. It´s a comment from Backer @Jeff Gray on Feb 17 Jeff Gray febrero 17 "I got a quick response from Yanna about my issue and turns out it was an easy fix. I pulled out the grounded connector, turned it into the correct orientation matching the base unit, reinstalled and was able to finish assembling my Vaquform. I was worried at first but the fix took less than 5 minutes. Thanks for the help!"
David Mays
Review from Kickstarter
Ohhh, Michel below is #427, and I'm 428, definitely hoping this means that mine ships soon haha! The web app does say April which is promising.. Just putting this out there, but I have a huge presentation for a chance at $10,000 coming up on April 25th that could seriously benefit from having my Vacuform up and running by then...
Michel Perret
Review from Kickstarter
Hi John
Thank you. I got my machine today (427). But....how can I send you some pictures and questions? Couldn't find any information on the webside. I'am not using facebook neither think of using it for this matter. I just want to ask what I need to change that I can assemble it. I just try it in words now...on the left side cover is just one yellow cable, isn't it? If so...do I need to disassemble either the front top connector or the front lower connector (yellow male or female connector)? Because one of them is mounted in the wrong orientation. Actually there is not even a cable connected...so it doesn't matter???...I just didn't want to crash the machine without asking in advance.... Please help and put a smile on my face... Thanks a lot
Casmen