Vacuum forming is a process that heats up a sheet of plastic and then presses it over a mold. The sheet is heated to the point where it can be molded to the shape of the mold. The process is very cost-effective and can be used for many different products such as phone cases, tablet cases, car parts and more.
1. Choose the right plastic
Not all plastics can be used for vacuum forming. Make sure to choose a plastic that is strong and can be molded into the desired shape.
2. Design the mold
The mold is the shape that the plastic will be molded into. It is important to make sure that the mold is designed correctly so that the plastic can be molded properly.
3. Create the vacuum chamber
The vacuum chamber is the container that will be used to heat and mold the plastic. It is important to make sure that the chamber is big enough to fit the mold.
4. Heat the plastic
The plastic needs to be heated to a certain temperature in order to be molded. Make sure to use a thermometer to measure the temperature.
5. Mold the plastic
The plastic is placed over the mold and then the vacuum chamber is sealed. The chamber is then heated until the plastic is molded to the shape of the mold.
6. Release the vacuum
After the plastic has been molded, the vacuum chamber is opened and the plastic is released from the mold.
Plastic vacuum forming is our specialty at PDG. With 5 large rotary thermoforming machines, 4 single stations, and a large double ender. All equipment uses quartz ovens, which we’ve developed and own all our software and hardware on all thermoformers. Our equipment is second to none. We have a huge amount of capacity to meet your diversified needs.
Materials frequently used: HMWPE, ABS, TPO, PETG, Polycarbonate, Styrene, LDPE, HDPE, Polypropylene, custom FR Blends, including FDA and NSF materials.
Our capable team is the best in the business. We focus training on quality, and balancing the science and art required to deliver you more quality at production pricing.