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Ideal for prototype development and low-volume production

Vacuum Forming

Vacuum forming is an ideal plastic molding solution for:

  • Prototype development
  • Low-volume production
  • An alternative to fabricated sheet metal or fiberglass

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Ideal for prototype development and low-volume production, Vacuum Forming offers several advantages over other forming processes. Extremely adaptive to design needs and able to produce large volumes of parts without costly machinery and tooling.

A Viable Choice
Vacuum Forming (also known as thermoforming) is the technique in which plastic is heated to a manipulative state and form-fitted against a concave surface by way of suction. The material and process is optimized for cost-effectiveness and it is relatively easy to later make engineering changes to a part. Molds can be made from multiple materials ranging from wood to metal. Vacuum-formed components can be used in place of complex fabricated sheet metal, fiberglass or plastic injection molding.

Meeting Every Need

At Aerosport, we offer Vacuum Forming for a variety of projects:

  • Small to large designs
  • Quick-blister and clam-shell packaging prototypes
  • Production-quality prototypes

We offer three variations:

  • Cast Aluminum Molds – fast aluminum molds, can also be used in pressure forming applications
  • Machined Aluminum Molds – cut out of solid aluminum block, for packaging and trays
  • Composite Molds – lower cost alternative, produces high quality parts that last a very long time

Ideally suited for:

  • Automotive
  • Consumer products
  • Packaging
  • Retail and display
  • Sports and Leisure
  • Electronics
  • Industrial applications

Typical Materials Used

  • ABS – Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene
  • PETG – Polyester Copolymer
  • PA – Polystyrene
  • PC – Polycarbonate
  • PP – Polypropylene
  • PE – Polyethylene (sheet & foamed sheet)
  • PVC – Polyvinyl Chloride
  • AC – Acrylic

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