As the Creative Director for 3D Universe, I spend my workdays blogging and sharing about cool new 3D printers, laser cutters, vacuum formers, and all kinds of interesting filaments. In my free time, however, I have been working on my own fun project to build out my Dodge Grand Caravan into a minivan camper for my very own “Traveling Dork” van life adventures!
Over the past year, I have been teaching myself how to create things on my Ultimaker S3 and now that I have my very own Mayku FormBox, I am learning how to use them together to create something new!
I have a few plans for some epic road trips this summer and decided that the first thing I wanted to make was a bar of soap with my very own “Traveling Dork” logo on it to take with me for showering at campgrounds as I wander through the Pacific Northwest! I thought it would be a fun, first project to try and it gave me the opportunity to use 3D printing and vacuum forming together to build my final product.
Making My Soap Form With My Ultimaker S3
For this project, we turned my Traveling Dork logo into a 3D printable file to use to create the mold for my soaps. Once designed, I printed it out on my Ultimaker S3 in a basic disc shape to easily vacuum form it on the Mayku FormBox. I had to skip the text for this but kept the rest of the design.
When using an intricate design on the Mayku FormBox, sometimes you have to make sure you have holes in the form in various locations to allow the vacuum to suck the air out around the design properly. This logo design had a lot of detail in some areas so we had to have multiple small holes in the 3D print to ensure that it would form properly when the vacuum former kicked on.
For this mold, I used the Mayku Clear Form sheets. They work well with a variety of materials including, concrete, silicone, chocolate, jello, foam, ice, plaster and soap. My 3D printed forms popped out easily and my molds were ready to head to the kitchen to start mixing my soaps.
For my very first try making soaps, I wanted to do the easiest process I could find. I decided to go with the option of a solid soap base that you warm up in the microwave or on the stovetop to melt and then add your colors, your fragrance, pour into your mold and let it set for an hour or so to re-harden.
It wasn’t the prettiest soap I had ever seen but it was fun and I am excited to make more!
In the video below, you can watch my process, see the Mayku FormBox in action and see me get a little more excited about making my own soap than most people!
Soap Making on the Mayku FormBox with Jen AKA “The Traveling Dork” | Video
I had a lot of fun doing this project and I can’t wait to make more! I have all kinds of ideas for interesting as well as very personal projects that I want to do. There are countless things I want to create with the Mayku FormBox and I will be documenting those projects as well, so make sure you follow our channel and subscribe so you can follow along on my journey!
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