February 3, 2017
What is Vacuum Forming?
Vacuum forming is seen as an easier form of thermoforming. The method consists of heating a sheet of plastic (usually thermoplastics) to what we call a ‘forming temperature’. The sheets of thermoplastics are then stretched out over a mould, the sheet then being forced against a vacuum and sucked into the mould.
This form of thermoforming is mainly popular due to its low cost, ease in tooling and efficiency/swiftness when on a quick turnaround for creating particular shapes and objects. It is also often the method used when wanting to achieve shapes similar to boxes and/or dishes.
Vacuum Forming with Talbot Designs
Talbot Designs are able to manufacture high quantity and cost-effective moulded shapes, using our computer controlled vacuum forming machines. With a bed size of up to 70″ x 46″ and a draw depth of 14″+, we are able to cope with a very varied range of different shaped and sized mouldings. We use all the thermoplastics available to produce components to our clients’ exacting standards, with the latest materials and advances in vacuum thermoforming to provide an outstanding result, time after time. Even in cases of completely custom vacuum forming, Talbot Designs can help you.
We have an in-house tooling and assembly department, where we can monitor quality throughout the whole vacuum thermoforming process. We also have modern trimming band saws allowing for cost-effective finishing of the moulded plastic, once the plastic vacuum forming is complete.
Talbot Designs can make one-off samples, or set up for long production runs of plastic vacuum forming. The process of heating a flat sheet and vacuuming over a 3D shape allows us to create an almost endless variety of moulded shapes. We can advise you as to the suitability of the shape for vacuum forming so please call us with any queries.
Vacuum thermoforming is one of the most diverse and versatile plastic fabrication techniques, providing you with almost endless options. If you are interested in custom vacuum forming, don’t hesitate to call us on 020 8346 8515 or visit our Contact Page.