Just a question. Why specially in school do you guys tend to use such long thin bits? You dont need to use sucha a long bit, plus it is really dangerous if that guy decides to snap in half. (seen it happen)
*By the way this is fdavid on zoe's laptop ; )
these are half scale models that are supposed to approximate superplastic forming with aluminum panels. however we're thinking the panels look pretty good at the scale they're at. i don't think they should get too much bigger otherwise it might not read as nicely at close range.
vacuum forming can be used for many things. you can do model bases but since you have to mill the foam already, you might as well just use that unless there's an inherent need for the properties of plastic.
otherwise we use it here to make larger continuous surfaces that might not work so well in a 3d printer. also it's great for replication as you can pull several times from a single foam mold. so here it's nice cause we can pull several times in rapid succession to make a repeated panel.