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:
- A sheet of thermoplastic material is heated in an oven.
- The heated sheet is set on a mold.
- A vacuum pulls air out of the mold, pulling the sheet against the mold to shape it.
- 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