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Close up image of a thermoforming template made with an SLS 3D Printer (Formlabs Fuse 1)

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Education

Inspire the Creators of the Future

Mayku turns your classroom into a creative powerhouse for a hands-on learning experience.
  • Teach innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Make complicated ideas tangible
  • Build self-confidence and motivation
  • Encourage student collaboration
How it works

Mold or form in minutes

Explore

Explore our suite of practical lesson plans built for teachers by teachers.

Make

Use the FormBox in the classroom to help children create their own projects

Learn

Students learn the core curriculum by making their own things

I know that I can develop all my products myself to as much detail as I wish to and with as much control as I can.

I'm not stopping myself thinking I can't do a bookend because it will cost too much to develop. I can actually think 'okay, I can do this now. How do I want to do it?’

Ewa Lefmann Homewares Designer at Evka Home
What can you teach?

Bring Creativity to Your Classroom

Make Complicated Ideas Tangible

When ideas from maths and science are applied to making - children engage with theory in a more direct way. This deepens their understanding and aids their retention and engagement.

Teach Innovation and business

Children can use the FormBox to quickly create batches of professional products with almost no training. Once they start building their own businesses at school who knows where that will take them.

Build Self-Confidence

When students feel empowered to create their own things they realize their innate creative power. This builds confidence in themselves and their abilities.

Encourage Collaboration

Creating together is more powerful than working alone. Working on collaborative making projects helps children learn what it means to be a part of a team.

Increase Motivation

When children realise that they have the ability to make their ideas real they learn the invaluable skill of ‘sticking with it’.

Explore Manufacturing Principles

The FormBox is a minature version of a giant mass manufacturing process. With it you can expose students to the whole product creation process all the way through from design to manufacture.

Start your STEAM journey

Take a look at our machines or talk to a specialist to start teaching with Mayku machines
Case studies

See what students are learning

Rebecca Maunder

How a New Zealand teacher increased student engagement using the FormBox
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Design It! Lab

Expanding creative possibilities in the school workshop
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Luuk Wiehink

Teaching environmental conservation by making sculptures with children
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Materials

Work With a World of Materials

Keep things varied and interesting for your students. Experiment with using everything from chocolate to Jesmonite. Concrete to jello. Take your pick.

Concrete

Coloured Sheets

Transparent Sheets

Jesmonite

Plaster

Chocolate

Soap

Resin

Multiplier

Pressure Forming

Capture intricate detail with in-house prototyping and production for custom molds and parts

FormBox

Vacuum Forming

Launch rapid and affordable product lines for custom molds, models and product parts

Education articles on the blog

How Milachocolata uses the FormBox to create custom chocolates for wholesale and bespoke orders

Makes • 6 minutes read
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Making a custom chocolate iceberg mold with chocolatier Paul A. Young and the Mayku Multiplier

Makes • 4 minutes read
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Industrial Design prototyping without outsourcing with the Mayku Multiplier

Makes • 4 minutes read
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Start your STEAM journey

Take a look at our machines or talk to a specialist to start teaching with Mayku machines
FAQs

Your questions, answered

How much do the FormBox and Cast Sheets cost?

The FormBox costs - and comes with: 20 transparent Cast Sheets; 20 white Form Sheets; three starter projects; one kilogram of casting material; a universal vacuum adaptor; a plug for your region; and a Mayku two-year extended warranty.

Replacement Cast and Form Sheets cost - for a pack of 30.

What materials does the FormBox work with?

Compatible sheet materials (0.25-1.5mm): PETg; HIPS; PLA; Polypropylene; Polycarbonate; Polystyrene; PVC; Kydex; HDPE; LDP; EVA foam; TPU; ABS; Extruded Acrylic

Compatible template materials: Most 3D printer materials; Wood; Milled and injection moulded plastics such as ABS or nylon; Steel; Aluminium; Plaster; Resins; Hardened clays; Silicone; Paper and card; Toughened glass; Wet clay and cooking oil also works well for preventing overcutsHow easy is it to use?

How easy is the FormBox to use?

The short answer is, very. It usually takes a few minutes to get familiar with the machine and only a matter of hours to become fully au fait.

Teaching others to use the FormBox is quick and intuitive and, once they crack it, even children require minimal supervision. The machine is powered by any domestic vacuum cleaner and can be used by children from eight years and above.

How big is the FormBox?

Height: 315mm (12.4 inches)
Length (with handles): 466mm (18.3 inches)
Width: 274mm (10.8 inches)
Forming bed: 200 x 200mm (7.9 x 7.9 inches)
Draw depth: 130mm (5.1 inches)
Weight: 13kg (28.7lbs)

Unlike other design & technology machinery, the FormBox is light and transportable meaning it can be moved between classrooms with ease.

Which subjects is the FormBox relevant for?

The FormBox is incredibly versatile – we’re constantly learning of different uses our customers are finding for the machine. The subjects it works most effectively with are those that fall under the STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) umbrella, but it can also be used to teach art and cookery.

How much maintenance does the FormBox require?


Aside from cleaning the forming tray from time to time, the machine is remarkably resilient and requires little upkeep. All of the parts can be easily replaced as part of our warranty agreement.

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