Vacuum Forming

We create with thermoforming that offers economy and versatility

One of the most economical thermoforming technologies is vacuum forming. It offers great flexibility in the creation of custom molded plastics because production costs are relatively low.

How vacuum forming works

To vacuum form a plastic product:

  1. A sheet of thermoplastic material is heated in an oven.
  2. The heated sheet is set on a mold.
  3. A vacuum pulls air out of the mold, pulling the sheet against the mold to shape it.
  4. After the formed plastic cools and hardens, it’s removed from the mold and trimmed.

Advantages of vacuum forming

Industrial vacuum forming is a suitable replacement for other custom forming processes that use sheet metal, fiberglass or wood. That’s because vacuum forming can:

  • Produce very large items that may be lighter
  • Be more cost efficient for small production runs, or products requiring less detail and complexity
  • Speed items into production

When to use vacuum forming

Vacuum forming plastics is a good choice for:

  • Tight budgets
  • Time constraints
  • Lower volume, shorter runs
  • Items with large dimensions
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