Vacuum forming is our signature process and one which has driven the company to its success within the Australian Manufacturing sector.
The Vacuum Forming process
The process involves a flat sheet of plastic being perimeter clamped and then heated to an elastic state. A mould is then pressed against the sheet and the air between them is vacuumed out. This causes air pressure to force the sheet against the mould. Once the sheet has cooled down the plastic maintains the shape of the mould. Depending on the complexity of the moulding a number of different styles of tools can be manufactured in order to achieve the desired results.
The vacuum forming process is extremely cost effective for small through to large volume projects. Considering the low costs of tooling in comparison to other types of plastic manufacturing it is often considered a more viable method of manufacturing. Advances in tooling materials have ensured that some types of tools have virtually unlimited lifetimes.
Vacuum forming has relatively low prototyping and production lead times.
We cater for all variants dimension wise depending on your requirements from 0.38mm up to 12mm in thickness and up to 3500 x 2500mm in a vast range of colours and textures. We can mould and manufacture all types of material. These materials include specially formulated Acrylic capped ABS with UV stability for external application, Sanitary grade material for Bathroom applications, ABS, acrylic, HDPE, polypropylene, polycarbonate styrene, PCA, ASA, soft touch ABS and Laminated finishes like Chrome, Carbon fibre and wood grains. All our material is recyclable. We have a machine and material to suit your needs. Our management team has over sixty years’ combined experience in the industry. There is no project too large or complex for us to handle.
Our latest work
Take a look through some of Vacmould Displays' latest vacuum forming examples here.