Applications of the Vacuum Forming Process


A lot of  plastic products that you come across in your day-to-day life will have been made via the process of vacuum forming. This simple plastic fabrication technique comes hand-in-hand with a number of advantages – it is fast, cost-effective, and offers endless possibilities – and, as a result, it has become an increasingly popular technique in a wide range of different industries and sectors.

In the following blog, we explore some of the main industries that take advantage of the vacuum forming process and explain exactly how we – here at Talbot Designs – fall into the equation.

What can vacuum forming be used to make?

No.1: Agricultural components

Within the agricultural industry, the process of vacuum forming is regularly used to create plastic components for both transportation vehicles and heavy-duty machinery. Such vehicles and machinery are usually intended for long-term outdoor use; they need to be tough, durable, and weather-resistant and, by meeting these criteria, vacuum formed parts are the perfect solution.

 No. 2: Automotive parts

Vacuum formed plastics are frequently employed within the automotive industry, both for aesthetic and functional purposes. Take a look inside a car and everything from the dashboard to the door panels will have been created via the process of vacuum forming.

Vacuum forming is also used to produce parts for vans, lorries, buses, boats and even aeroplanes. These parts are lightweight and cost-effective, and thanks to their wide range of finishes, they can be tailored to fit the style of any vehicle.

automotive parts created by vacuum forming

No. 3: Packaging

The plastics that are used in vacuum forming are also ideal for packaging purposes. Not only are they cost-effective enough for large production lines, but they are also durable, hygienic, and they offer a diverse range of options when it comes to size and shape.

From the food and drink packaging that is seen lining the supermarket shelves to the containers that are used for medical supplies, cleaning products, health and beauty products and more, they are all likely to have been made via a vacuum forming process.

No. 4: Household items

Numerous household items are made from vacuum formed plastics. Think about your own home; the plastic bathtub in your bathroom, the plastic utensils and appliances that can found in your kitchen, the garden equipment that is stored in the shed. These are all common products found in the home environment, things that are used on a day-to-day basis, created via the vacuum forming process.

No. 5: Retail and marketing displays

In recent years, vacuum forming has also started to be used for creative purposes, particularly within the retail and marketing industry. This specialist fabrication process offers an endless array of possibilities and, taking advantage of this fact, retailers are now using the process to create promotional displays – displays that are unique, innovative, and intended to catch their customer’s attention.

marketing display created by vacuum forming

Vacuum formed products created by Talbot Designs

Here at Talbot Designs, we have over 70 years’ experience in the plastic fabrication industry and – during this time – the key to our success has been our passionate and dedicated approach.

Our recent projects have involved making pop-up shop displays and promotional displays; however, we believe the potential of vacuum forming is ‘limited only by imagination’. We are innovative by nature, we like to push the boundaries, and we always welcome a new challenge. Whatever vacuum formed product you have in mind, whether that be a high-quantity moulded shape or a one-off complex design, our experts will do everything in their power to make that product a reality.

retail display created by vacuum forming

If you would like to find out more about the vacuum forming services that we currently offer or if you would like to discuss a potential new vacuum formed product, please feel free to get in touch. Call us today on 020 8346 8515 or send us a quick enquiry using the online form provided.