Vacuum Forming & Moulding
Vacuum forming (also known as thermoforming) is the process of heating a plastic sheet until soft then raising the mould into the softened plastic sheet while applying vacuum for pull the sheet tightly round the mould. Once cooled, the mould is then released from the forming which can then be cut out of the excess sheet and finished as required.
Vacuum forming of plastics can be an extremely cost effective way of overcoming a number of problems that face designers, with tooling for short runs easily justified. We produce our own tooling , which means our turnaround times are short, and we can supply prototypes to production runs in a variety of thermoplastic materials.
We can advise on materials and how this process may benefit your requirement from concept through to production.
- We can accommodate vacuum forming sizes from 100x100mm to 2m x 1.2m
- Vacuum forming can be created from 1mm to 6mm thick sheet
- Post-forming, we can offer finishing services such as trimming to height, machining holes/cut-outs or even fabricating extra parts onto the forming
Example of a hard vacuum forming tool made from GRP with a high temperature gel coat. This is used for high volume production runs.
Finishing off a vac forming on the CNC router. Outside profile is trimmed to create an outside lip then cut-outs are made in the bottom.
Multiple parts are often formed together from one blank sheet. Here, 3 parts are being formed together from 3mm black ABS. They will then be put on the CNC router to cut each one to the desired height.
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Experts in a wide range of plastic fabrication methods, including machining, routing, welding, and in-depth knowledge of material specification, solvent and structural adhesives and mechanical joining techniques.
Prototyping & Tooling
Prototyping & Tooling
Our range of production equipment allied to our skill set enables us to offer prototyping services from single component through to assemblies.
We have two printers – a FormLab 2 SLA unit for fine detail and a 3DP FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) unit with a massive build volume of 1 metre x 1 metre x 500 mm
We have a twin head 150 watt laser for laser cutting and engraving of corrosive plastic sheet materials, as well as a 1500×2500 flat bed 150 watt laser for fine quality high finish production.