Vacuum Forming

Vacuum Forming, Custom Vacuum Thermoforming

Plastech is a leading provider of custom plastics vacuum forming manufacturing services. Plastech can provide product design and manufacturing engineering assistance in conjunction with vacuum forming contract manufacturing. 

Typical Applications for Vacuum Forming

Vacuum thermoformed parts are used to replace fabricated sheet metal components with complex shapes requiring excessive welding, grinding and finishing operations. Custom vacuum thermoformed parts compete very favorably against FRP (fiber-reinforced plastics) and RTM (resin transfer molded) parts in moderate (250 - 3000) annual production volumes.

Plastech currently uses vacuum forming to make plastic components such as:

Why Use Vacuum Forming?

Vacuum thermoforming has advantages over other plastic production methods.

Here are some potential advantages that would make vacuum forming a good choice for your plastic part:

Vacuum Forming Technology

Vacuum thermoforming is a plastic manufacturing process in which a 2 dimensional thermoplastic sheet is heated to a forming optimal temperature and, using vacuum and pressure, is formed into a 3 dimensional part.

Plastechs' Vacuum Forming Capabilities

A wide range of vacuum forming technical capabilities are available based on the equipment used, materials used, and desired product properties.

All machines a capable of vacuum forming, pressure forming and twin-sheet forming.

Materials Commonly Used in Vacuum Forming

Terminology Note

Plastech Corporation and the plastics industry typically use the terms "vacuum forming" and "vacuum thermoforming" interchangeably. Sometimes "vacuumforming" and "vacuumthermoforming" are also used.