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The vacuum forming machine, forming the dome for Calvin's model | by Jordanhill School D&T Dept
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The vacuum forming machine, forming the dome for Calvin's model

Calvin is in the final stages of manufacture of component parts for his lamp model. He will be using polystyrene to create a hemispherical dome for the top of his lamp. This will emerge from a hole cut out of pine 'furniture board' and this in turn will enable the dome to attach to the central cylindrical form of the bottom part of the lamp. This central cylinder is made from aluminium sheet which has been pop rivited together. Seven holes have been drilled around the circumference of the aluminium and these will accomodate nylon spikes that have been turned on the metalwork lathe. These will be attached using epoxy resin adhesive. These spikes have been counter-bored with a step drill so that the light will be transmitted along the nylon to the end of the spike. An energy efficient bulb and holder will be mounted on a wooden base at the bottom of the aluminium section.


Calvin has worked extremely hard over the last few weeks and has easily risen to each and every challenge that his concept has generated along the way.


Even the creation of the mdf former created issues by Calvin persevered with steely determination and kep at it until he was satisfied with the results. Good work, looking forward to seeing the completed model.

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Taken on February 9, 2010