Vacuum forming is a fairly simple method of thermoforming in which we take large sheets of plastic and heat them to a temperature that makes them pliable. Then, we use a high-powered vacuum to remove all of the air out from between the heated plastic sheets and a pre-made mold, pulling it tightly against the mold and creating the custom shape. Depending on the type of material used, vacuum forming can be performed rather quickly, and while it’s generally seen as more basic, technology-wise, than other methods of custom plastics manufacturing, it still is used for a variety of products.
Vacuum Forming Custom Plastics to Your Specifications
At Advanced Plastiform, Inc., we’re committed to the success, quality, and consistency of the products that we design and produce for you, which is why we take it upon ourselves to fully manage your project from beginning to end. Our design team, engineers, and manufacturing team are knowledgeable and experienced with all kinds of thermoforming and will help guide your project to the right process, whether that is vacuum forming or other types of thermoforming or injection molding.
From the start, we offer comprehensive services, including sitting down with you to discuss the design, creating 3D models and ensuring the prototype aligns with your design. From there, we design and fabricate the tooling and begin production, from the forming itself, to the trimming and customization. Our top priority is to create a final product that is to not only durable and long lasting, but each piece is delivered to your exact specifications. Overseeing all parts of the process allows us to provide comprehensive quality control and ensure that your product is customized to your specifications and needs. It also helps us make certain that the project is completed in a timely and cost-effective manner.
Advantages of Vacuum Forming
The advantages of vacuum forming plastic sheets shine through large item production where detail or sharply defined edges are not necessary, such as car bumpers and dashboards, body panels for recreational vehicles, construction and farm equipment, and much more. Using a composite mold, the vacuum thermoforming process can prove to be cheaper and faster to produce large plastic products..
Here is a sample of the many products that thermoforming can produce well:
- Car door liners
- Bath and shower trays
- Boat hulls
- Refrigerator liners
- Equipment panels
Additionally, vacuum forming has advantages over other types of manufacturing because it uses little pressure to thermoform. This helps to keep the final tooling costs down and means that less expensive materials can be used to create the mold. It also keeps the prototyping and fabrication of the mold times down, which means that even for limited or low quantity runs, your project will be both cost-effective and quick.
Finish Work on Your Thermoformed Product
After vacuum forming plastic sheets around the tool and it’s hardened, it needs to be trimmed of excess plastic so that it matches the prototype exactly and that the part is up to specifications and within tolerances. We use CNC trimming equipment to guarantee accuracy and consistency not only from one part to the next, but to also make sure it stands up to the design. When the trimming and tooling process is completed, the part is then customized with paint or silk screening, is assembled with other products, or is packaged and ready for delivery.
In the past few decades, continued innovations in custom plastics manufacturing have reduced costs, sped up production, and improved quality. This research and development includes vacuum forming, keeping it on the cutting-edge of technology, and over the past 30 years, we have kept up with innovations. This includes knowing which thermoplastic materials are best for the project as well as improving our tooling design and fabrication to create minimal variance of vacuum pressure across the surface of the mold. To learn more, please visit our frequently asked questions about vacuum forming.
A Vacuum Forming Company with Quality, Consistency, and On-Time Delivery
Advanced Plastiform, Inc. offers breakthrough technologies and modern equipment to get the best results for our customers. Quality, consistency, and on-time delivery comes from our dedicated commitment to clients. It’s how we’ve separated ourselves from the competition and earned our top-rated reputation in the thermoforming industry. Find out how we can design, engineer and deliver your vacuum formed plastics to help your business succeed!
Contact Advanced Plastiform, Inc.
At API, we’re experts in injection molding and thermoforming – including vacuum forming. Investing in the latest technology and processes allows us to produce better quality custom plastics for you on a precise production schedule. We offer custom, high-quality manufactured plastic components to companies like yours in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Virginia.
To get started on your vacuum forming project, please contact us today by calling 919-404-2080 or filling out our form below to discuss your custom plastic manufacturing needs.