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.