Vacuum Forming is the manufacturing process where plastic sheets are heated, stretched, and forced into a mould by a vacuum.
The process of Vacuum Forming is very simple and consists of a few steps.

Step 1: Developing a Mould

It starts off with a mould. This can be made of aluminium, wood, cast resin, clay, foam, MDF or almost any other material. The common plastics used in Vacuum Forming are HIPS, ABS, Perspex and PVC. However, almost any plastic material can be used in this process.

Step 2: Heating the Plastic

The plastic is heated and, once it is malleable, the mould is pushed into the plastic. The plastic is then vacuumed onto the mould. This allows the plastic to adopt all the details of the mould, making it identical to the mould itself.

Step 3: Cooling

Once the plastic has cooled down, the new product is ready for use.
Vacuum Forming is used for a range of different applications. Various industries make use of this manufacturing process to develop their products. A couple of examples are: Signage, model designs, prototyping, toys, remote control vehicles, packaging, 3D replication, automobile parts and medical items. Technically, anything you can think of can be built through the process of vacuum forming.
At Maritime Marketing, we have partnered up with Formech, a UK designer and manufacturer of vacuum forming machinery. Formech is one of the first companies to make vacuum forming machines, and have been in business for. You can purchase a range of different Formech vacuum forming machines through Maritime Marketing. We furthermore provide you with after sales support, parts and spares, as well as an experienced technical team to assist you with any requirements you may have.
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