Plastics By Design Ltd

Vacuum forming. Protective Packaging

Phone Number: 01380 827 022

Stages Of Vacuum Forming

Products that are vacuum formed can be found almost everywhere and could have an essential place in our lives. The process includes heating plastic sheets and moulding them to create 3D forms. It has, and still is used by various markets consisting of cosmetics, food and electronics.

Vacuum Forming Facts

The flexibility of vacuum forming is clear, as are cost efficiency and rate of production. Prototypes can be generated rapidly and also accurately before complete production tooling.  An instance of a vacuum formed item is a plastic tray. The mould is placed in a vacuum forming machine, and a pressed polystyrene sheet is placed above it. The polystyrene is then heated to form to the shape of the mould. 

We manufacture at three various locations across the UK, meaning that we could offer a wide range of services. Moreover, we have a vast array of plastic thermoforming machines. This enables us to produce everything from thin sheet product packaging to thick sheet complex parts. We catering for both large as well as small volume manufacturing.

Materials frequently used are PVC, PET, HIPS, ABS, PP, HDPE, as well as Polycarbonate, varying from 200m to 12mm thick.

We pride ourselves on our premium quality and also friendly customer care with an extensive understanding of the plastics thermoforming industry. We take a customer's project from the design stage right through to the final manufacturing guaranteeing that the process is managed at all times. We have 30 in line vacuum and pressure forming machines along with six large-area vacuum and pressure forming machines. 

Additionally, we carry out assembly work and manage the project as required. Using 3D CAD work, we could generate a principle layout from which we can produce fast prototypes and also then, a production tool. Many examples and designs can be created in a matter of days.

What is Vacuum Forming

Products Made By Vacuum Thermoforming

Regular products generated by vacuum forming and pressure forming:

  • Control panels
  • Transit trays
  • Machine Guards
  • Fridge Liners
  • Protective packaging
  • Shop signs
  • Food tray
  • Medical trays
  • Cars Door Liners
  • Aircraft panels
  • Retail packaging

People also ask

It's helpful to know the two main types of thermoforming, and these include pressure forming and vacuum forming.

With vacuum forming, professionals in the field will use heat and pressure to draw up the final configuration with plastic sheets. When the sheet has been heated, it is placed over a mould; many use vacuums to manipulate it and curate the desired shape they need for the specific products.

The other type involves pressure forming, which provides plenty of vacuum-forming similarities; however, it also offers additional pressure. More pressure is a massive advantage as it ensures furthermore texture and detail, which is better for its overall design and aesthetics.

There are many materials commonly used for thermoforming, and the following include:

High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS)

Acrylonitrile Styrene Butadiene (ABS)

Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)


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If you would like find out more about our vacuum formed and pressure formed products, then get in touch using the information below:

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Phone: 01380 827 022


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