Advanced Thermoforming Solutions

Vacuum & Pressure Forming

Thermoforming can use one of two processes, Vacuum Forming or Pressure Forming. Each has its own advantages, and this table will help you decide which process might be right for you.

 VACUUM FORMINGPRESSURE FORMING
DESCRIPTIONA sheet of plastic material is heated to pliability, then pressed against a 3D mold by vacuuming out the air between the sheet, and the mold.A sheet of plastic material is heated to pliability, then pressed against a 3D mold by vacuuming out the air between the sheet and the mold, and applying air pressure above the plastic sheet.
KEY ADVANTAGES
  • Cost-Effective
  • Quicker Tooling
  • Ability To Form Very Large Parts
  • Cost-Effective
  • Quicker Tooling
  • Ability To Form Very Large Parts
PERFECT FOR
  • Sharper Details
  • Allows for Undercuts
  • Tighter Tolerances
  • Allows for Molded-In Texture
  • Complex Shapes
  • Pieces With Vents or Louvers
  • Projects With Tighter Tolerances
OFTEN USED TO CREATE
  • Point-of-Purchase Displays
  • Automotive Aftermarket - Interior/Exterior
  • Recreational Vehicles
  • Pool and Spa
  • Equipment Enclosures, Bezels, Housings and Covers
  • Dunnage Material Handling Trays & Pallets
  • Fitness Equipment
  • Medical Equipment
  • Office Equipment
  • Vented Equipment Enclosures
  • Control Pads
  • Scientific Instruments
  • Detailed Components
  • Control Panels
  • Multi-Part Assemblies

Examples of Pressure Formed Parts

Examples of Vacuum Formed Parts

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