The ThermaPress VF-1 is the most versatile and most advanced bench top vacuum former press ever built. It is the last vacuum former for kydex holster making you will ever need . . .until you need a second one. This vacuum forming press was designed for professionals vacuum forming kydex holsters and knife sheaths but because of its versatility, it can vacuum form many different thermoplastics and products.
- The fastest direct vacuum draw on the market.
- Constructed of strong solid materials that have been CNC machined, not made from mold injected plastic.
- Diamond flow technology vacuum chamber is more efficient than chambers with square grid patterns.
- Achieve a full 29.5 inches of mercury vacuum . . every single time when used with a quality vacuum pump and quality gauges. There is no such thing as 30 inches of vacuum despite what others may tell you.
- Modular construction allows it to be updated, upgraded, and parts replaced without having to ship it to us for repair should it ever become damaged or if any part of the VF1 should wear out (which is highly unlikely). We can just ship you out a replacement part. Many of the parts can be obtained at your local home center to avoid minimal down time. No other kydex vacuum former in the industry can do that.
- 100% User serviceable. No need to ever send it back for repair.
- Large 14 x 19 work area is just the right size and fits on a standard counter top. There is no need to build a custom size work bench to put it on. If a vacuum press is too large, it takes longer to achieve full vacuum. A large press, for example a 24 x 24 inch press, will not fit on a standard counter top or workbench and takes almost 100% longer to achieve a full vacuum. When vacuum forming, every second counts to achieve the best possible definition. Larger presses are also much more expensive to operate when you have to replace a membrane.
- Silicone Membrane is bolted in place. No more slipping magnets or struggling with taller items.
- Designed to work with the ThermaJig.
- Dual Seal Technology means no leaks and no gaskets to replace. The VF-1 will hold vacuum longer and tighter than any other press on the market.
- Allows for membrane free vacuum forming with our optional direct forming kit. This is the only convertible, dual purpose press on the market.
- The VSS (vacuum storage system) can easily be added at any time to turbo charge your vacuum speed and improve your molding definition even more but is certainly not needed.
- Full size one inch intake tube allows you to add your own surge tank later. (Adding your own surge tank may void your warranty if you modify the VF-1)
- Solid brass ball valves included for heavy duty use. No cheap plastic control valves or push buttons.
- Will not warp or crack.
- Steel lid hinges will not crack or break like plastic hinges.
- Some assembly required. Requires a Phillips screwdriver, #2 square drive, a 7/16 nut driver, adjustable wrench, and pliers.
- Ambidextrous controls- set it up with the controls on the right or left side. This is a huge feature when running two VF-1 formers that share a vacuum pump between them or if you are a lefty.
- Can be connected and operational within just a few minutes.
- Requires at least a minimum 3 c.f.m. vacuum pump to operate, 5 CFM recommend, 8 CFM is best (must be purchased elsewhere)
- The VF-1 has 3 years of product testing and development behind it before being brought to market. No one has more experience than us when it comes to building vacuum formers for the kydex holster industry.
- Made and assembled in the United States of America in our facility outside Atlanta, Georgia.
- *** Full One year warranty. ***ss
Check out the video below where we show you how tough our press is and how it is capable of molding taller items. This is just an example and most people mold with flat split molds instead of vertically as shown in the video. You just cannot do this if the membrane is held in place with magnets. Much larger presses using a magnetic system can do this but are very inefficient. Also notice how we show you real application testing of our press instead of showing you a video of us driving a pickup truck on top of it. We know our customers are smarter than that. While our press will support the weight of a pickup truck, we believe in honest, relevant advertising. This press is a tool and tools have an intended purpose. For example, we use jack stands or ramps to support a pickup truck and use our vacuum former for well . . . vacuum forming.