This is a plastic thermoforming process that involves forming thermoplastic sheets into three-dimensional shapes through the application of heat and pressure.During the vacuum forming processes, plastic material is heated until it becomes pliable, and then it is placed over a mould and drawn in by a vacuum until it takes on the desired shape.
Vacuum thermoforming is a great method for producing plastic parts that have sharp details and fit nicely to specific products. Our in-house tooling capabilities allow us to offer exciting design options at affordable prices.
We have a variety of Geiss and Cannon Shelley forming machines in our plant. Maximum bed size of 2500mm x 1500mm with a draw depth of 800mm.
Using large pressure rams, male and female moulds are used to achieve high definition finished parts. Advantages of this application are low cost tooling and the capacity to achieve glass look, distortion free clear products.
High clarity rounded finishes such as domes, spheres and oval shapes can be achieved using this process. Typical end products range from roof lights to signage and display items.
Using this process, a sheet of plastic is heated and stretched down, generally over a male mould. Next, depending on the shape of the mould, gravity alone will pull the material to the mould or commonly, a vacuum is applied to draw the sheet to the mould which will more detail to the inside of the part. This method is commonly used with heavy gauge materials requiring gentle shapes over large areas.
Future Plastics have a large range of industrial line bending machines suitable for light and heavy gauge materials. Line bending is a process whereby a piece of plastic is bent along a narrowly defined “line”. Our large range of equipment allows us to bend sheet thermoplastics up to 5metres in length.