A vacuum former is a machine for creating simple moulds. It uses heat to stretch a sheet of plastic over an object, then uses a vacuum to suck the sheet closely to the object’s surface. Vacuum formed moulds can be used to make custom chocolates, jellies, wax candles, etc., or the mould itself can be used for bespoke packaging, or as part of something else, such as the chassis for a remote-controlled car or robot.
Using the Vacuum Former
Christchurch City Libraries have two vacuum formers.
- one is located in the makerspace on Level 4, Auahatanga, Tūranga
- the other is located in the makerspace in the South Learning Centre
Vacuum formers are available during our Open Creative Time sessions, by requesting a Book a Creative session, or during select programming.
Tūranga, Auahatanga | Creativity, Level 4
If none of these times suit then you can use our Book a Creative form to arrange a time that suits you to get one-on-one help.
Creative Time at Tūranga
Open Creative Time - General InterestMay 30th | 9:00am - 1:00pm
Open Creative Time - General InterestMay 31st | 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Junior Creative Time (ages 8-12 with carer)Jun 1st | 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Youth Creative Time (ages 13 to 23)Jun 2nd | 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Open Creative Time - General InterestJun 6th | 9:00am - 1:00pm
Auahatanga - South Library
Open Creative Time, Thursdays at 10am to 3pm
Or, use our Book a Creative form to arrange a time that suits you to get one-on-one help.
Creative Times at South
Auahatanga - South - Creative TimeJun 1st | 10:00am - 3:00pm
Auahatanga - South - Creative TimeJun 8th | 10:00am - 3:00pm
Auahatanga - South - Creative TimeJun 15th | 10:00am - 3:00pm
Auahatanga - South - Creative TimeJun 22nd | 10:00am - 3:00pm
Auahatanga - South - Creative TimeJun 29th | 10:00am - 3:00pm
Auahatanga - South - Creative TimeJul 6th | 10:00am - 3:00pm
Vaquform vacuum formers (2)
To use the vacuum former, you will need a mould and a sheet of thermoformable plastic (such as HIPS, ABS, or PET). Moulds can be found objects, 3D printed, made from laser cut acrylic or sculpted from modelling clay.
We have limited supplies of thermoformable plastic such as PET, PVC and ABS for use on the vacuum former (subject to availability). The required sheet size is 330 x 250 mm. The cost per sheet is:
- PET - $1.00
- PVC - $1.00
- ABS - $2.00