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Vacuum Press
Q: What else do I need to buy to get started? A: All neccesary fittings and tubing are included with each press. All you will need to purchase separately is a Vacuum Pump. If you plan to plumb directly to your vacuum pump we recommend adding a Check Valve to prolong the life of your pump. The Automated Vacuum Cont...
Vacuum Pump
Q: What vacuum pump do you recommend? A: All HD Vacuum Presses will work with any 3-CFM or higher pump. We recommend the following pumps. Based on what you are pressing you will have to decide which will work best for you.  Recommended Oil Filled Rotary Vane Vacuum Pumps: 3-CFM Single Stage Vacuum Pump - 2...
Silicone Membrane
Q: Can I use a larger membrane than what comes with my HD Vacuum Press? A: HD vacuum press membranes are not interchangeable between different models. HD Presses are only designed to function correctly with the size membrane made for that specific HD vacuum press model. Using a larger/looser membrane than intended...
Automated Vacuum Controller
Q: What would be the benefits of running this on a single press? A: The Automated Vacuum Control System streamlines any operation regardless of the number of presses you are operating. It allows you to hands free maintain vacuum levels and switches the pump on and off. Checkout our videos on this system to get a m...
Heat Sink
Q:  Will I have to drill holes into the heat sink for air to escape? Or can it be molded with no holes. A: The heatsink needs holes to properly evacuate air from the press. The heatsink is supplied blank without holes to allow for custom applications. You will need to drill holes in your heat sink before use. The ...
Heat Press
Q: What heat press do you recommend? A: We recommend using the MPress 16 x 20 or the Power Heat Press 15 x 15 Q: What heat press temperature setting do you use? A: Heat Range: 300°F to 365°F depending on what you are pressing. Goal: Realistic limit for 0.80 Kydex is 360°F Q: How long do you leave material...
Taco Press
With a little creativity you can do just about anything with this press including a traditional taco press. For this application we are demonstrating the taco press using foam.  Already we have cut down the production time by nearly 20 minutes for one press using the HD Vacuum Press design.  Why wait to get...
Split a Blue Gun
Blue Gun Splitting Splitting Non-Weighted Blue Guns Make sure you are using a non-weighted blue gun. Weighted blue guns contain metal and would be hazardous to split. Step 1 - Remove Sights Using a razor, belt sander, or a disc sander shave off the front and rear sights. Step 2 - Remove Grip ...
Magnets
Q: I was replacing the membrane on my HD Press and the magnet broke. What can I do to prevent this in the future? A: Neodymium Magnets are very strong, but also very brittle. They should be handled with care. Avoid releasing magnets to press more than 1-2" away. These magnets are very powerful and can acceler...
Troubleshooting Leaks
The highest percentage of the time the cause of leaks in the HD vacuum press is a dirty membrane. Due to the unique design of the HD vacuum former the membrane itself creates the seal. Any debris accumulation on the HD membrane may cause the press to slowly lose vacuum. The debris comes from a dirty work area, dust...
Static Reduction
There are several ways to dissipate this static. One of the fastest ways is to clean the membrane periodically. This has a dual function of dissipating the static and cleaning the membrane at the same time. Open the lid of the vacuum former and run a damp sponge over the entire membrane surface on the side that wil...