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    Jun 15, 2014, 5:54 AM - Methods for Visors? #1

    Hello to all. If you seen my other threads you would know I'm preparing for some Films. I have learned a lot from members of the 405th. Now I would like to ask everyone if they know of methods to make visors for helmets in a cheap way? I know about motorcycle visors and also taking clear plastic and using Nite Shade on it. But is there any other way of doing it? Thanks!
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  3. Retralpha's Avatar
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    Jun 15, 2014, 8:28 AM - #2

    You could vacuum form pieces of clear plastic to the exact shape and size you desire for rounder visors, then use some kind of 'Night shade'. Or you could for angular visors, cut various pieces of plastic up; then glue them together with crisp seams.
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    Jun 15, 2014, 9:27 AM - #3

    vac forming, if you know what youre doing, yields some of the best visors if youre dealing with shapes other than say, a MK V or VI helmet. So for things like and ODST visor or an EVA visor. It involves a good deal of work. Its something a buddy of mine and I are starting to look into building though. good stuff.

    on the cheaper, time saving side. I've seen people cut plastic sheets up and glue them together, as retralpha said.

    happy building.
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    Jun 15, 2014, 1:30 PM - #4

    Originally Posted by Retralpha View Post
    You could vacuum form pieces of clear plastic to the exact shape and size you desire for rounder visors, then use some kind of 'Night shade'. Or you could for angular visors, cut various pieces of plastic up; then glue them together with crisp seams.
    Is vacuum forming a visor expensive? I don't really know much about it but I'll check it out later.
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    Jun 15, 2014, 1:39 PM - #5

    I built a cheap (lol) vac table to make my Emile visors, and total investment in wood, a shop vac, materials and a bunch of plastic to learn how to use it cost me close to 400 bucks. That was an expensive visor, but now I can make more, and I can make other EVA visors too- but my initial investment to finish 1 helmet is probably close to 500 dollars. Spend some time researching what is around you, sometimes you can find a maker space, tech shop, or fellow builder near you that has already made the investment. Then you can learn from them as well, as vacuforming is a skill set unto itself. I had a hard time with buck construction and knowing how much stretch is right in my petg to form my visor.

    Good of luck, I hope that I've helped at least a little bit in your search.
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    Jun 15, 2014, 2:59 PM - #6

    So I bent a sheet of 3mm acrylic with a heat gun and then applied a one way graphic to it.

    Note, the 'mouth' hasn't been cut out yet..

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