Expert Plastic Vacuum Forming and Moulding Company

Acrylic & Perspex vacuum formed into anything you need, every design element captured - meeting any demand.

Some products have sophisticated and intricate details that some materials do not capture the way that plastic and acrylic does. With plastic vacuum forming, every single design detail will be created with very little margin for error, which makes it much more cost effective than having to assemble many parts together. Plastics vacuum forming can help a company take a large quantity of plastic and be able to produce enough of their product to satisfy the demand.

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We’ll meet your needs.

Vacuum forming is a low cost way of producing prototypes or for small to medium size runs. We can develop a pattern that meets your needs, made from wood to prove your design, these patterns, once cast will last for thousands of units. Take a look at some of the vacuum formed products we have produced.

Unbeatable Prices.

No matter if you already have an existing tool or are just looking for prices on, feel free to contact us and we’ll help get your product back into production. We always ensure that you’ll get a quality vac forming and an unbeatable price.

 

Our vacuum forming is precise to design specifications, we work from CAD drawings for precision engineering .

Vacuum Forming

We provide expert vacuum forming in a wide range of materials: ABS, HDPE, Polycarbonate, PP, HIPS, with production sizes up to 1575 x 1100 x 550mm. All of our tooling service is tasked in-house meaning we can turn prototypes around from CAD drawings in just a few days.

So, What is Vacuum Forming Exactly?

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As a simple definition vacuum forming is when a sheet of plastic is heated to high temperatures and then placed over a mould so a plastic version of the mould is created. The mould or patterns as they are usually name are typically made from wood but can also be metal based. If you are producing a large volume of products, you ideally need a metal based mould to get the best results. As a metal mould can be used and almost indefinite amount of times. Another cheaper alternative would be to use a 3D printer to produce the mould , the only draw back of this however is that the finish on the mould wouldn’t be as good if using metal.

What are the advantages of vacuum forming?

Industrial platforms include: military, aircraft and marine, food, medical, electronics, education etc. Fire and safety compliance materials specified where required. In-house pattern and mould making of the highest quality (for plastics or metals). Experienced advice available on design and materials. Prototype service and competitive production-run pricing, whatever the quantities. Comprehensive assembly and finishing facilities, including silkscreen and litho printing, foam packaging etc. Skilled work force with quality control at all levels of production.

Pattern Making for Casting

  • Experienced and dedicated engineers
  • Advice line for product designers
  • In-house component design
  • Materials selection
  • Pattern and mould making carried out in wood, resin and aluminium
  • Prototypes for single and small batch runs
  • Fast and flexible turnaround on projects.