When customers need prototypes that are made of thin-walled plastic, we offer our Thermal Vacuum Forming service. Vacuum Forming, sometimes called vacuumforming, is an extremely cost-effective process that heats a thin sheet of plastic and pulls it down onto a pattern. Although a traditional manufacturing method that is commonly used in high-volume manufacturing, PADT has found that vacuum forming is also perfect for rapid prototyping and prototyping product packaging. We are one of a few rapid prototyping providers that offer thermal vacuum forming as a service.
It Starts with the Pattern
An accurate pattern is the key to high-quality vacuum forming. This not only involves making the pattern, but knowing the specifics of how a vacuum forming machine pulls the plastic sheet down, insuring that the pattern works properly. PADT has been using vacuum forming since 1998, giving our technicians over a decade of experience on a wide variety of projects.
A huge advantage that PADT has over most providers of vacuum forming services is our ability to leverage rapid prototyping technology, especially fused deposition modeling and CNC machining, to make our patterns. We then combine that with the craftsmanship our technicians provide to deliver outstanding parts.
We currently use an EMC thermal vacuum forming machine that has a maximum part size of 24" x 36" with a maximum draw depth of 10". The temperature profile on this machine allows us to run a wide variety of materials, including clear Lexan. We have found that this clear material is very useful for making high-quality clear lenses on consumer products.
Learn if PADT's Thermal Vacuum Forming is a Good Fit
Whether you are thinking about vacuum forming to make your actual parts or to prototype your packaging, the best way to learn about any of our rapid prototyping options is to request a quote, and we will contact you and explain the options. If you have questions first, simply contact us.
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