Vac-U-Form enabled you to melt a sheet of styrene plastic and quickly make a mold of any item. This toy is not only desired by collectors, but by model makers to make molds of small parts. The original styrene sheets, called "Material Paks" are difficult to find these days.
The Vac-U-Form heating plate was also used to make Mattel's Creepy Crawlers and other Thingmaker products.
A type of Vac-U-Form called Vac-U-Former was manufactured in the 1990s by ToyMax, using safe light bulbs for the heat instead of the sizzling hot 110 volt hotplate of the original machines.
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