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?
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.