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Vacuum Forming

Vacuum forming is the process of taking a flat thermoplastic sheet and using controlled heat to make it pliable enough where it can be conformed to the contour of a mold by simultaneously applying force and vacuum. Typically vacuum formed parts are 3 dimensional and the finished part will have the defined shape and detail on one side.

The vacuum forming process lends itself to being a very cost effective way to produce large parts; especially on lower volume applications. Vacuum formed parts are also commonly used as a replacement for metal or fiberglass as they offer a durable, lighter weight alternative with far superior economics.

Advantages of Vacuum Forming:

  • Ability to produce both low and high volume parts cost effectively.
  • Inexpensive tooling as compared to other processes, such as injection molding.
  • Less expensive to make part modifications in most cases.
  • Fast turn around times. Sample parts can be submitted of patterns for initial review prior to the building of hard tooling.
  • Ability to select a customized surface finish from a variety of patterns and custom laminates that are readily available.

Please see the capabilities page to see a list of the materials we commonly work with. If your application requires a material that you do not see listed, please contact us, as not all materials we work with are listed.