In early 2019 Mayku were developing the successor to the FormBox desktop vacuum former, which had been launched two years earlier. Version two was to be targeted at a hobbyist market with a lower price point, and as such needed to be even easier to operate than the current machine.
The FormBox relied on a variable timer system that the user adjusted to keep track of when the sheet they had inserted was melted enough to form. The process always had a degree ambiguity, with atmospheric temperature and the cycle of the heater negatively impacting the efficacy of the timer.
I led the development of a new “FormReady Indicator” label which features a thermochromic wax-melt dot that changes colour at the exact moment the sheet is ready to be formed. This process greatly improved the ability for a novice to achieve high quality results with the machine, and secured a novel competitive advantage for the brand in the market.
This product feature will be rolled out on all new FormBox sheets in 2020.