Vacuum Forming

Vacuum Forming

Vacuum forming also known as thermoforming is a process utilising a sheet of plastic which is heated and placed over a shape. A vacuum is then applied forcing the plastic to conform to the shape. When cooled the plastic retains the shape. Vacuum forming is commonly used for packaging, displays, prototypes and industrial components.

Patterns, Masters or Bucks

Patterns also known as Masters or Bucks for vacuum forming can be created using traditional patternmaking methods, CNC machining or 3D printing. Information for patterns can be interpreted from sketches, CAD files or reverse engineered from existing parts. Patterns may be constructed from timber, plastic or tooling board. Shrinkage must be adjusted pending final use of the patterns. Patterns may be suitable for limited production runs.

Epoxy Tooling / Resin Tooling

Epoxy tools also known as resin tools are suitable for production runs.

They may be used to create vacuum formings, fibreglass items and urethane parts

Epoxy tools can by reverse cast off patterns in timber, tooling board or foam. Vacuum formings known as mould formings or shot pours can also be utilised to produce epoxy tools.

Tools can be supplied drilled and mounted on boards if required.

Aluminium Tooling

Aluminium tools created using CNC milling from information supplied and interpreted from sketches, CAD files or reverse engineered from parts. Very fine finishes can be created for use with thin materials.

Tools can be supplied drilled and mounted on boards if required.

Sample Formings

Sample forming, prototypes and mould forming also known as shot pours are available.

A variety of materials such as HIPS (high impact polystyrene), PETG (polyethylene terephthalate glycol), ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) PC (polycarbonate) & PVC (polyvinyl chloride) may be used.

Limited production runs are available. Formings can be bent and CNC trimmed

Sample vacuum formings have size limitations.

Limited Production Runs

Production runs of low volumes are available using a variety of materials such as HIPS (high impact polystyrene), PETG (polyethylene terephthalate glycol), ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene), PC (polycarbonate) & PVC (polyvinyl chloride)