Thermoforming | CNC Machining Updates and News

09 Nov 2016

INTRODUCING OUR NEWEST SERVICE: INJECTION MOLDING

We are very excited to announce our new Injection Molding services. We recently purchased an injection molding machine to expand our molding capabilities and to serve your needs more efficiently.

 

Our Capabilities With The New Injection Molding Press In Ogden, Illinois

 

The Nissei is up and running with capabilities for nice sized jobs as follows:

-10.5 ounce shot size
-132 tons of clamping force
-Core Pull capable
-All colors
-Resins: ABS, HIPS, HDPE, PE and Polycarbonate

 

Finish work, assembly, packaging and warehousing available in-house with just in time shipment.

 

We would be delighted to work with you on your injection molded parts. If we can schedule your project in the next 30 days, you will receive 10 hours of free design assistance.

23 Oct 2016

WHAT CAN’T BE VACUUM FORMED?

In our last newsletter, we discussed the possibilities of what could be formed using the vacuum-forming method. In this letter, we are looking at what simply cannot be done with this process.

Vacuum Thermoforming of plastic sheet can accomplish a great many things. Shapes you make through this process can be varied. There are various colors, thicknesses, durabilities (U.V. resistance, toughness, electrical properties, flame-spread resistance, extreme heat, even self extinguishing properties) to be considered.

This process may not work for every project however. You may find that due to the volume of parts you require that the cost per unit will be substantially higher. In that case, Injection Molding may be preferred.

There is a process within the Vacuum Thermoforming Process that allows for "near" injection molded features with a much less cost for tooling. This process is known as Pressure Forming.
Through the process of "pressure forming" a plastic sheet using the vacuum thermoforming process you can find that "near" injection molded shape and features may be obtained.

With pressure forming, expect to pay more for your tooling than with standard vacuum thermoforming. The parts will be more expensive than with both vacuum forming and injection molding making the process not for every application. However, it does allow for a less costly tool set up for initial out of pocket expenses vs. injection molding and while helping to provide some very "injection molding" like properties.

Examples of where pressure forming may be helpful are with industrial computer or electronic enclosures, medical equipment cases, parts requiring threaded metal inserts or undercuts that wrap around the edge and form interlocking case halves.

I would not consider vacuum forming for applications where a bottle or a vessel shape are required. Any fully closed shape may require blow molding or rotational molding to achieve the necessary features.

Vacuum forming is great for very large parts as well. However every process has its limitations.

Please note that we are now offering injection molding in house in Ogden.

Take a look at our capabilities and work with ShapeMaster on your next product launch.

For more information, visit our website or call us today at 800-779-6925 for more information.

Sincerely,

The ShapeMaster Crew

Our Capabilities With The New Injection Molding Press In Ogden, Illinois

The Nissei is up and running with capabilities for nice sized jobs as follows:

-10.5 ounce shot size
-132 tons of clamping force
-Core Pull capable
-All colors
-Resins: ABS, HIPS, HDPE, PE and Polycarbonate

Finish work, assembly, packaging and warehousing available in-house with just in time shipment.
20 Jul 2016

What can you accomplish with the vacuum forming process of a plastic sheet?

Vacuum forming or vacuum Thermoforming is a process that subjects a sheet of plastic to heat from one or both sides to bring it to a state that will allow it to be formed into a three-dimensional shape.

 

While this process is rather simple, it has evolved over the last 60 or so years to become rather sophisticated in its simplicity.

 

With the use of wood, plastic or aluminum molds (tools as we refer to them) the plastic sheet that is rigid and flat can become a shape rather quickly. The tooling is also fairly simple by design which helps to control set up costs for the launch of a new part or product line.

 

Parts can be formed as small as your finger nail or larger than a boat, items are being made daily that serve markets in every area from medical to transportation to consumer goods.

Here you can see a mold with the finished vacuum formed part.

Here you can see a part we formed in the process of being vacuum formed

 

Take a look at vacuum thermoforming and work with ShapeMaster on your next product launch. We have a minimum of ONE part. You’ve gotta make at least one. ; )

 

For more information, visit our website or call us today at 800-779-6925 for more information.

 

Sincerely,

The ShapeMaster Crew

06 Jul 2016

NO SLICK TALK FROM US….UNLESS IT’S ABOUT TEFLON!

Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) is an amazing product. You may know it better as Teflon and it’s not limited to frying pans for frying up your bacon. In fact, one of our customers asked us to make a a device that would allow them to insert a silicone wafer into a chemical solution to be coated. Because Teflon (PTFE) is resistant to the acids they were using, we recommended that this device be made with this resilient material.


Our silicone wafer dipper is made of this amazing Teflon, it is resistant to the following:
-concentrated acids -bases -solvents
-alcohols -fuel oils -detergents
-hydrocarbons-just about any chemical!

Our wafer dipper can even withstand temperatures up to 260°C (500°F).
Our stock sizes of dippers are, 2″ diameter, 3″ diameter, and 4″ diameter.

Coming soon to a laboratory near you, The Double Decker Wafer Dipper!

The Wafer Dipper is one example of the excellent work we do here at ShapeMaster, Inc.

Need A Different Size, No Problem

Don’t worry if you do not see the size you require. ShapeMaster can custom craft a wafer dipper quoted to your specifications. It is our pleasure to meet your requirements.
Teflon is a very practical material and can be used for many scientific projects and can fit a variety of extreme chemical and mechanical needs.
Teflon also used to make gears in motors and machines, and due to its low friction coefficient makes them more efficient and cost less power to operate.
ShapeMaster has highly skilled design engineers ready to take on any challenge and partnering with you to realize your creative ideas and dreams.

Crafting Endless Possibilities

-Rods
-Cylinders
-Spheres
-Sheets
-Reuleaux Triangles

The possibilities are endless when it comes to ShapeMaster crafting your Teflon needs!

Don’t let your ideas slip away!

Please check out the wafer dippers on our website and our portfolio of products.

Call us today and ask us how ShapeMaster can solve your Teflon needs at:
1(800)-779-6925 for more information.

05 Jul 2016

MAKING BEFORE MAKING WAS COOL

In the 1960’s when I was but a wee lad Popular Mechanics along with other magazines held our attention and we didn’t have pads and cells and bars to worry about. Some of us perhaps needed to be in padded cells with bars but we didn’t have socializing on a second by second basis to deal with.
We had time to think and to dream.


If there is a need...Make It!


Ground Control To Major Tom.


Today it seems people waste their minds and lives on things that are worthless. It’s sad really.


I remember the paperback magazines and the articles that caused us to think about making things. What things? It didn’t matter, any-thing.


I was thinking recently that my mind was one of my greatest tools back then. I first dreamed up the design and then I would attempt to make it. As my tools became more and more sophisticated I’ve found I can make anything nearly a man can make in this life.


It was at this moment I realized that I was Maker when Maker wasn’t cool….Yet


Where did this term “Maker” come from?

We used to hear this in old western movies “you’ll meet your Maker”

Isn’t this overdoing it?

But lately I think it’s part of our “social” lingo. It is a way to say I make things for myself and ain’t I cool. Honey, folks were making things long before you got the idea or had a clue. (Ohhh Snap!)


Remember, it was in the 1960’s that WE put a man on the moon.


Remember, we fought world wars in two theaters and built our infrastructure in America the likes of which we’ve not seen since and did it back during a Great Depression.


To be a “Creative” or a “Maker” may mean something slightly different today than it did back then. As I recall folks had a trade and they were put through a strenuous apprenticeship and many times those training periods were years much longer and more intense than the average four year degree from a major university in this country.


One of my good friends who is a top drawer tool and die maker machinist told me his father was a machinist in the day when they wore a tie and thought highly of their trade. Now, due to computers and these new-fangled computer aided design software programs (CAD for you letter conscience folks) everyone thinks of themselves as a potential “machinist” because they can type.


I do think that gone are the days of true blue professionals who were craftsmen and artists in their trades. It’s sad really. Many of these fine people are dead or at least retired. But, we’ve lost them from our midst and didn’t learn from them the fine arts before they left us.


I do embrace the new trends and have purchased a number of 3D printers. Why? Because I can’t stand to see a seven year old knowing more about plastic part creation than we do. But, it do thrill to see and meet these new “makers” and “creatives” who are thinking outside any box we could have ever put around them.


I had 10 Lego bricks when I was a kid. I could build a castle with those 10 bricks.


Let’s rejoice that creativity is NOT DEAD! Thank God! Now, let’s think about what a Maker should be and how to be creative using the new resources we have.


ShapeMaster is a great resource. Our company has worked hard to reinvest in technology, software, computers, servers, communications, methods and yes even in trends. Who doesn’t like to be trendy at least a bit anyway? Our new machinery is keeping us ahead of the rest in many cases and allows us to offer very affordable means to design, reverse engineer, invent, and create some of the most unusual and productive items on the planet.

Really? Well, at least we think so.

But we won’t know how creative you can be unless you hire us to work for you.
TAKE IT FROM ME, A MAN WHO WAS CREATIVE AND “MAKER” LONG BEFORE ANYONE THOUGHT IT WAS COOL.

Dr.Comfort, this device will revolutionize the colonoscopy

I had 10 Lego bricks when I was a kid. I could build a castle with those 10 bricks.

5-Axis CNC Capability

Animal Research

Motorcycle Parts

Reverse Engineering

What can ShapeMaster MAKE for you?

Contact me, I like to think “outside the box”.
Ken………COOL-ey.
Check us out our website and ask yourself,
“What can ShapeMaster make for me?”
and give us a call at
1(800)-779-6925
for more information.
20 Jun 2016

THE SUN NEVER SETS…

“The sun never sets on the British Empire” was a popular phrase used by Great Britain in the 19th century. During this period in time, Great Britain had colonies all over this world. Hence the sun was always high in the sky where Great Britain had royal subjects. Rest assured, I will not bore you with an extended lecture of 19th century British History.

What’s this have to do with ShapeMaster?

We recently had a major event here at ShapeMaster. We designed, constructed, and shipped an Automated Nutritional Dispensing System (A.N.D.S.) to the land of kiwis and hobbits…that would be New Zealand.

The ANDS and Miss Andy

After the project was secured in a shipping container, sent to the seaport, loaded on the cargo ship Sonche Trader, and hit the high seas, a few of us thought “WOW”!

The Sun Never Sets On A ShapeMaster Product!

This is an amazing and bold statement coming from a company that employs around 15 people, and based in Ogden, Illinois, pop. 800. Not too many companies our size and doing what we do can make this claim.

Where can ShapeMaster product be found?

Our PTFE/Teflon wafer dipper can be found in: China, Korea, Taiwan, Spain, California.

Our motorcycle accessories can be found in: Japan, Russia, Sweden, Great Britain, Canada, Brasil, and the list goes on.

Where ever you are you may have seen our handiwork…

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We are very proud here at ShapeMaster for where we are, where we have been, and where we are going!

Over the next few weeks we are going to share some very exciting news, but you may ask yourself “What can be more exciting than knowing the things you make are all over the world?”

Just to whet your cranial appetite.. Did you know ShapeMaster does more than make things? Did you know we have in house the the ability to reverse engineer a whole airplane? Did you know we construct clean rooms, machine guarding, and injection molding (o.k. you can make things with that.)? Did you know we have a highly skilled Project Management team to assist you with your engineering objective?

These are just a few of the exciting things going on here here at ShapeMaster that we will share with you soon.
It is mind blowing to know:

The Sun Never Sets On A ShapeMaster Product!

Before I sign off, I need to ask, what can ShapeMaster make for you?
Check out on our website to view our portfolio or call us today at 1(800)-779-6925 for more information.
17 Dec 2015
(To the tune of Jingle Bells)
 
Dashing through the snow
Slop flies through the air
heading to the house
tracking everywhere.
Mom looks on with fright
Dad is out of sight.
Oh what can a parent do
On a cold, wet winter’s night?
Ohhhhh, Muddy Boots, Muddy Boots
All over the place
Don’t look now, there’s something foul
headed towards your face.
Muddy Boots, Muddy Boots
What you need is a tray
Give us a call, or please click HERE
Shape-Master saves the day!
Trays for boots are just one of the uses. We have several stock styles and sizes of drip trays. They can be used in several different ways depending on your needs:
  • Refrigerators
  • Under cars
  • Under aquariums
  • Dog kennels
  • Chemical storage
  • Air conditioning units
  • School/Gym lockers
  • Gardening/Pots

 

We have sold thousands of our trays to major hotel chains for use in the rooms under mini fridges, a great way to protect your floors and belongings from possible water damage. Some of our drip trays are able to hold chemicals. We can make as few as one and as many as tens of thousands.

 

As mentioned, we have trays to store those muddy and snowy boots. Be sure to buy one before winter really sets in.

All of our products are made right here in Ogden Illinois USA.

If you don’t see the size drip tray that you need please email or call us and we will be happy to quote a custom one for you.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Email us here at  Sales

Sincerely,

The ShapeMaster Crew