Vacuum forming is our core business which has been the catalyst to our rapid growth within the plastics industry.
The Vacuum Forming process
In simple terms, the process of vacuum forming involves a flat sheet of plastic being perimeter clamped and then heated to an elastic forming state.
The mould is then pressed against the sheet, and a vacuum ensures the sheet maintains its place until it has cooled back down. Once the sheet has cooled down the plastic retains the shape of the mould.
Depending on the complexity of the moulding, several different styles of tools can be manufactured to achieve desired results.
The vacuum forming process is extremely cost-effective for small through to large volume projects. The low costs of prototyping and tooling in comparison to other types of plastic manufacturing, it is often considered a more viable method of production. Advances in tooling materials have meant that some types of tools have a virtually unlimited lifespan. Being a wholly Australian family-owned company and having all the required process in-house guarantee lower overall production lead times and costs.
Vacmould Displays manufacturing process caters to a wide range of applications entirely dependant on the client’s final application. We can mould gauges from 0.38mm up to 12mm in thickness with overall sheet dimensions of up to 3500mm x 2500mm with a 1000mm moulding depth.
We work with a large number of standard material which is kept in stock, ranging from UV grade acrylic caped for outdoor applications, sanitary grade material for the hospitality and medical industries, ABS, Acrylics, HDPE, polypropylene, polycarbonate styrene and ASA. All material is available in a variety of colours, textures, as well as finishes ranging from chrome, soft-touch, carbon fibre and wood grain laminates as a few common examples.
We pride our selves on reducing our environmental footprint and have implemented specialist systems in place to almost reduce plastic waste entirely from the manufacturing process.
There is no project too large or too complex for us to handle.
Our latest work
Take a look through a selection of vacuum forming examples here.