Forming Lessons at Oakland High School, Illinois

With the recent launch of Formech’s US manufactured NewForm vacuum forming machine, we sent one over to Oakland High School in rural Illinois for demonstration. The Inspire team also travelled over to deliver a day of free and interactive training with teachers and students across subjects.


The NewForm machine moving from classroom to classroom.
Making molds using the Formech NewForm machine.

Whilst the school houses on long term loan a 300XQ vacuum forming machine, which students were using primarily in their technology classes, an advantage of this newest model is its 220V power supply, which means it can easily be plugged in from classroom to classroom.

So after being unboxed and used in the workshop, the machine took to the corridors and visited classrooms around the school. It was used to make chocolate moulds in a food technology class, music stands in a music lesson, theatrical masks in an English class, a voting box in history, plant pots for agriculture, and more. The responses and reactions from the faculty and students were incredible, with everyone taking away skills and inspiration for further use of the machine in their classes – a real understanding of the cross-subject application of vacuum forming.

Oakland High School remain in possession of a Formech vacuum forming machine, on loan courtesy of the Inspire team, which continues to serve the students. Being able to get new skills, technology and ideas into the hands of young people is something which Inspire aims to do wherever possible.

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