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Quicker Than a 3D Printer, Easier Than Baking a Cake, Powered by Your Vacuum Cleaner
Quicker Than a 3D Printer, Easier Than Baking a Cake, Powered by Your Vacuum Cleaner
Quicker Than a 3D Printer, Easier Than Baking a Cake, Powered by Your Vacuum Cleaner
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FormBox: A Desktop Vacuum Former That Makes Beautiful Things

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The FormBox is a compact vacuum former that gets you making straight out of the box.

 

 

 

 

 

Powered by your vacuum cleaner

We’ve designed an entirely new system that lets the FormBox draw suction from any vacuum cleaner. Let yours do more than gather dust.

What is vacuum forming?

Vacuum forming is a large industrial process traditionally found in factories. With the FormBox, we've made it simple and small enough to fit on your tabletop.

From concrete plant pots to customised chocolates, the FormBox has a whole host of different applications. Here’s some things we’ve been working on...

Cast concrete molds from your tabletop

Start your own custom chocolate messaging service

Make small batches of products in a variety of different colours

Create molds for soap... and the dish for it to live in

Make your own little world on a tabletop

Make useful things for your home or business

Produce small collections of terrariums to sell on Etsy

Modify your kids toys and make them unique

Just some of the things we've been making with the FormBox 

 

 

The Mayku Library - an online platform dedicated to making
The Mayku Library - an online platform dedicated to making

The Mayku Library is an online platform that lets you share what you're making with the world and see what other makers are creating. 

You'll be able to follow project instructions, upload your own projects and get access to great maker content. 

We'll be building the Mayku Library to coincide with the delivery of the first FormBoxes so you have lots of great ideas to get making straight away. 

 

 

 

 

We believe everyone is creative. So we've designed the FormBox to be simple enough for anyone to use. 

Whether you're a professional creator or a weekend tinkerer, the FormBox is a powerful tool for bringing your ideas to life.

Makers

With the FormBox, create simple forms from everyday items such as potatoes and plasticine, or create more complex creations using other maker machines like 3D printers, laser cutters and CNC machines.

Designers

Use the FormBox to prototype your designs quickly, right from the studio.

Small Businesses

Start making your own line of products at your own pace, without the need for large order quantities from factories.

These are just some of the great rewards available. 

 

 

 

 

There's plenty more to choose from in the rewards section of this page.

Compatible Materials 

The FormBox works best with sheet thermo-plastics (plastics that go soft when warmed up). Every FormBox will ship with enough materials to get started. Here's the technical terms :

  • Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene ABS (the stuff Lego is made from)
  • Polystyrene PS (Commonly found in: Product packaging)
  • Polycarbonate PC (Commonly found in: Drinks bottles) 
  • Polypropylene PP (Commonly found in: Buckets, spades, chairs, everything!) 
  • Polyethylene (Commonly found in: sheet and foamed sheet) 
  • PE (Commonly found in: Insulating cases, bottles)
  • Polyvinyl Chloride PVC (Commonly found in: straws, plastic pipes)
  • Acrylic PMMA (Commonly found in: Light up signs)
  • PETg (Commonly found in: Food safe molds)
  • HIPS (Commonly found in: Disposable cups)

What Materials can I cast with?

We've had a lot of fun casting objects in molds made with the FormBox. Here's some materials we've been using: 

 

A concrete clock, cast from a mold made with the FormBox
A concrete clock, cast from a mold made with the FormBox

What's in the Box?

The FormBox will come with everything you need to get you making projects as soon as it arrives at your door. Just add your vacuum cleaner. here's what's in the box:

1. FormBox

2. 30 sheets of different types of material

3. Universal vacuum connector

4. Power cord

5. Your first making kit

6. Connector tube

3D Printers, Meet Your New Best Friend

Multiplying a 3D printed moon model
Multiplying a 3D printed moon model

3D printers are awesome. The FormBox makes them even more so. 3D print your piece, place it on the FormBox bed and start replicating shapes in seconds.

Technical Specifications 

 

 

The tools that we use to make things are getting more complex, more expensive and harder to access. That’s a problem. We think everyone should be able to make things, so we’re building a set of small, simple and affordable tools so anyone can make stuff, wherever they are. The FormBox is our first.

The Future...

The FormBox may be small but we have big plans. By supporting this campaign you’re not only helping us bring the FormBox into the world, but helping us create a whole line of future machines. And we’ve already started working on our next one. Here’s a sneak peak...

We've already started working on the second machine in our lineup. By supporting this project, your helping us complete the desktop factory!
We've already started working on the second machine in our lineup. By supporting this project, your helping us complete the desktop factory!

Give the Gift of Making

Ben testing an early prototype with users
Ben testing an early prototype with users

Want to set up a school, library or makerspace with a FormBox? Our 'Give One' scheme is designed to do just that. Let us send a FormBox to an institution of your choice or choose from a list of institutions that have requested one. 

We’re a small team based out of Somerset House, London. Ben and Alex started Mayku together after meeting at Mint Digital (Hi Mint!). Together, we've shipped multiple products, fulfilled multiple Kickstarter campaigns and built many websites. 

Alex Smilansky:

Alex has spent the last three years working for digital design agencies. He was a product designer and led the strategy team at Mint Digital, where he built websites for clients such as Tesco and the Home Office.

He also designed, built and consulted on a variety of in house projects and startups.

Alex studied Design and innovation at the university of Goldsmiths and Queen Mary's.

Benjamin Redford:

Ben is an inventor and designer who's shipped multiple Kickstarter campaigns before. While at Mint Digital, he worked on Foldable Me, Olly and Polly the web connected robots and launched Projecteo, the Mini Instagram Projector. 

He then set up a customised candy company, Candy Mechanics and drew the largest crowdsourced drawing in the world - Internetopia. 

The idea for Mayku came to him when he was manufacturing a product in China and realised that many of the machines in the factories there could be miniaturised. Ben studied design at Goldsmiths and has an unhealthy obsession for noodle soup.

Join the Crew

One last plug...

Love making stuff? We want to hear from you. We’re looking for talented individuals with big ambitions to join the team. If that’s you - register your interest here

The Story so Far...

March 2015 - the first lasercut FormBox prototype - a bit rough around the edges but it worked!
March 2015 - the first lasercut FormBox prototype - a bit rough around the edges but it worked!

 

March 2015 - Our first successful vacuum form! (Jake the dog from Adventure Time was our muse)
March 2015 - Our first successful vacuum form! (Jake the dog from Adventure Time was our muse)

 

April 2015 - V1.0 of the full metal prototype. After testing, we decide to add our own heater.
April 2015 - V1.0 of the full metal prototype. After testing, we decide to add our own heater.

 

May 2015 - full metal version with heater. We nickname it 'The beast'
May 2015 - full metal version with heater. We nickname it 'The beast'

 

August 2015 - V2 of 'The Beast' - slimmer, lighter and with a nice lick of paint
August 2015 - V2 of 'The Beast' - slimmer, lighter and with a nice lick of paint

 

Progress! Looking back on all of our prototypes, we finally get to a design we're happy with
Progress! Looking back on all of our prototypes, we finally get to a design we're happy with

 

The production prototype - our next challenge was trying to make our photos not look like renders!
The production prototype - our next challenge was trying to make our photos not look like renders!

The Makerthon 

We've been testing our machines with users throughout the development process with Makerthons. Thanks so much to everyone who came! 

International backers

We'll be shipping Formboxes worldwide. Please note that you may be responsible for duties, fees and taxes applicable to your region.

Know someone who you think might be interested in this project? Share this page with them! We'd really appreciate it. 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

As the old saying goes: Hardware is hard.
Luckily, we have a great team who have delivered three Kickstarter projects before. We’re bound to come up against challenges in making the FormBox, but we promise we’ll do everything within our power to make it happen on time and at the high level of quality we set ourselves. Sleepless nights, working weekends, all of the fun that comes with running your own hardware business.

Manufacturing
We’ve partnered with some truly excellent production partners to help us along the way with manufacturing the FormBox. With years of experience in bringing products to market, we’re confident they will help us deliver a top notch product on schedule.

Team
We’re a small team at the moment and in order to make Mayku as great as we want to make it, we need to grow. Hiring is hard and takes a lot of time, but we’ll be patient and considered in our approach, and make sure we build an extremely robust team.

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    CACTUS POT KIT
    Great as a gift or for a rainy day
    About: £33 | €42

    A kit with everything you need to make mini pots from your tabletop. Comes with a mold made by the Mayku team, a bag of concrete and our easy-to-follow instructions.

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    Get one of the first FormBox's off the production line with everything you need to get started at a special Kickstarter price.

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    We've partnered with a network of makerspaces in Ghana who want FormBoxes.

    Or you can nominate a school of your choice for us to send the FormBox to - we'll be in touch after the campaign is over to let you decide.

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    The FormBox with everything you need to get started at a special Kickstarter price.

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    You'll also get 30 sheets of material for forming, 500g of casting material, our universal vacuum connector and a kit to get you making right out of the box.

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    About: £250 | €310

    The FormBox with everything you need to get started at a special Kickstarter price.

    You'll also get 30 sheets of material for forming, 500g of casting material, our universal vacuum connector and a kit to get you making right out of the box.

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    THE FORMBOX + PRO PACK
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    About: £305 | €390

    A FormBox, 100 sheets of material for forming, 1kg of casting materials, our universal vacuum connector and a kit to get you making right out of the box.

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    About: £305 | €390

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    Perfect for teams
    About: £450 | €575

    The FormBox with everything you need to get started at a special Kickstarter price.

    You'll also get 60 sheets of material for forming, 1kg of casting material, our universal vacuum connector and a kit to get you making right out of the box.

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    2 FORMBOXES + 2 PRO PACKS
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    About: £595 | €750

    Two FormBoxes with everything you need to get started at a special Kickstarter price.

    You'll also get 200 sheets of material for forming, 2kg of casting material, two of our universal vacuum connectors and two kits to get you making right out of the box.

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    5 FORMBOXES + STUDIO PACK
    Great for schools and workshops
    About: £1600 | €2000

    5 FormBoxes, 250 sheets of material for forming, 5kg of casting materials, 5 of our universal vacuum connectors and 5 kits to get you making straight out of the box.

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    Give the gift of making to a school or makerspace in need. We've partnered with a network of makerspaces in Ghana who want FormBoxes.

    Or you can nominate a school of your choice for us to send the FormBoxes to - we'll be in touch after the campaign is over to let you decide.

    What they'll get:
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    A DAY OF MAKING WITH MAYKU + 3 FORMBOXES + STUDIO PACK
    Great for businesses and schools
    About: £4200 | €5300

    The Mayku team will come to your school, home or office and run a day-long workshop. You'll learn how to make incredible things and have a lot of fun.

    You'll also get 3 FormBoxes and a studio pack (see above for details)

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