FAQs: Vacuum Forming – Talbot Designs


What type of plastics can be used for vacuum forming?

There are two main types of plastic; thermoset and thermoplastic, the latter being the softer material, which makes it the perfect application for vacuum forming.

Thermoplastics are divided into two separate groups – amorphous and crystalline. The first of the two is a much easier vacuum form, due to its flexible molecular structure. One of the most common amorphous thermoplastics used in vacuum forming is polystyrene, due to its ability to re-form easily under low temperatures. It is also an extremely fast and cost-efficient material to use. The main polystyrene applications include toys, displays and packaging.

Some crystalline and semi-crystalline materials are used in the vacuum forming process. For example, polyethylene, which is mostly used for vehicle parts and polypropylene for luggage and medical applications. During the vacuum forming process, it is vital that temperature control is expertly monitored to ensure it is formed correctly.

What bespoke customisations can be made with vacuum forming?

At Talbot Designs, our expert team can help you create bespoke designs. Our high-quality vacuum forming service enables customisation of logos, colours, undercuts and any additional cosmetic features you require.

Our vacuum forming tools can create embossed text for logos, colour effects – including matte and mirror – and more coatings and finishes, which will improve the overall appearance of your product.

The thermoforming process provides expert attention to detail to ensure that your finished product features every detailed request, however big or small, which will be completed in line with your requirements.

For additional vacuum forming finishes, we can utilise our advanced CNC machinery, which is an excellent 3-D tooling system that will enhance the aesthetic of your product and enable it to stand out from the crowd.