Primary benefits include:
  • High-quality appearance
  •  Various material options
  •  Fast prototype & production for tools & parts
  • Small to large parts

What is Vacuum forming?

Vacuum forming is one of the oldest and cheapest methods for plastic fabricating and is widely utilized in parts, components & assemblies seen every day, from smaller objects, packaging, automotive parts, to vast industrial machinery. Vacuum forming is used for prototype & mass production because of its low cost, efficiency, tempo of imitation, and ease of use for forming parts.

To start, a heated sheet of plastic is placed on the mold, and then a suction force is applied to shape the plastic according to the wanted shape. Once the part is cooled, it often is moved to a saw or router to have any excess material removed from the original sheet that was used.

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The benefits of vacuum forming include:

  • Quick to market
  • Less capital investment
  • High-quality appearance
  • Part size flexibility
  • Material options

Markets served by vacuum forming:

  • Commercial Vehicles and Agricultural Equipment
  • Medical Equipment and Devices
  • Commercial Vehicles and Agricultural Equipment
  • Consumer &Commercial Lawn, Garden and Construction Products
  • Material Handling and Other Industrial Markets
  • Retail, Display & Point-of-Sale Units
Common Materials Used:
  • Acrylic,Kydex,Polycarbonate
  • Ability to form parts as large as 68” x 120” with thicknesses from .030” to .500”.
  • Tooling options include 3D printed, REN, machined or cast aluminum.
  • 37,000 square foot facility in Ohio
  • 20,000 square foot facility in Tennessee
  • Total of:
  • 8 rotary machines.
  • 4 single stations.
  • 7 die cut presses.
  • 5 axis &3 axis routers.

What we offer

With over 60 years of experience in both prototype and production vacuum forming, we bring a depth of knowledge to early part design feedback, material options, and tooling solutions.