I'm looking to create a new product that would be made out of styrofoam or like acrylic but cheaper, hold water, and hopefully would use a vacuum molding machine. I have a few questions about this: How expensive would it be to make a vacuum molding machine? Can I vacuum mold styrofoam? How can I make a 3-d figure with a vacuum mold? How expensive is styrofoam to buy in semi-thick sheets or the pellets? How can i get it so that the water is non-toxic? (I was thinking some kind of thin coating of wax, but I have no clue what kind) Any information that you could give to me about working with styrofoam would be greatly appreciated.
Try looking up "rotary molding" or "thermo rotary molding".
That is probably the best way to mold a water container and should give you a starting point.