Vacuum Forming

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Vacuum Forming

Vac Forming by Trifibre Ltd, offer the complete vacuum forming solution from tooling through to packaging. From our 70,000 sq. ft. factory in Leicester, we are able to supply large order quantities to either large organisations or individuals.

Our vacuum forming techniques can be applied to a number of different markets and industry types including medical, retail, packaging, aerospace, exhibition, education, automotive and much more! Vacuum forming is proving to be increasingly popular within point of sale (POS) display stands, medical and transit trays and the packaging industry. Our highly experienced and skilled vacuum forming team have over 30 years of experience and are able to offer honest advise in order to ensure the correct design solution is utilised for your project.

Our in house sales and design departments offer a complete consultation service to work with you to ensure your project requirements are successfully met at a competitive price.

Vacuum Tooling techniques have low tooling costs, low material costs and prototypes can be easily produced making it a cost effective method of manufacturing.
Prototypes can be easily produced at a low cost, reducing the chances of manufacturing issues, reducing the risk of manufacturing issues.
Moulds and tooling can be easily reused for large order quantities and repeat orders, making it a cost effective method of production.
Custom made designs can be implemented and can be further enhanced after production using CNC trimming techniques.

The Process:

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Clamping frames are used to ensure the flat sheets of extruded plastics are held in place during forming. Bespoke frame sizes can also be designed to better suit your project brief.

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Types of Clamping frames available include:

    • 428 x 275 mm
    • 580 x 428 mm
    • 884 x 558 mm
    • 665 x 630 mm
    • 957 x 558 mm
    • 1130 x 610 mm
    • 1015 x 760 mm
    • 1170 x 860 mm
    • 1450 x 945 mm
    • 1700 x 1250 mm
    • 2000 x 1250 mm

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A singer heater is used to heat plastic of a thickness up to 6 mm and a twin heater is used to heat plastic sheets of up to 10 mm thick. The heaters are infra-red generated, ensuring a uniform amount of heat is applied to the whole surface area of the plastic.

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A singer heater is used to heat plastic of a thickness up to 6 mm and a twin heater is used to heat plastic sheets of up to 10 mm thick. The heaters are infra-red generated, ensuring a uniform amount of heat is applied to the whole surface area of the plastic. Once the plastic is suitably heated, the vacuum is then applied. This consists of a vacuum pump used to draw the air from between the plastic and the mould.

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It is important to ensure that the plastic is properly cooled before being released. If this is not achieved it could result in deformation or damage to the plastic. Fans are often used to speed up the cooling process.

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It is important to ensure that the plastic is properly cooled before being released. If this is not achieved it could result in deformation or damage to the plastic. Fans are often used to speed up the cooling process.

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Once this has been cooled and removed, any excess material is removed, and cutting, drilling and cut outs are implemented into the design, using various techniques such as CNC Routing machines.

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Once this has been cooled and removed, any excess material is removed, and cutting, drilling and cut outs are implemented into the design, using various techniques such as CNC Routing machines.

Market Sectors

Vacuum forming is a versatile plastic moulding technique that can be applied to a number of different market sectors and industries. These include:

Exhibition, Point of Sale (POS) & Retail Displays

Exhibition stands, presentation stands, counter displays, self standing displays, cosmetic organisers, retail body forms.

Exhibition, Point of Sale (POS) & Retail Displays

Exhibition stands, presentation stands, counter displays, self standing displays, cosmetic organisers, retail body forms.

Construction

Concrete pouring moulds, modelling, transit trays.

Construction

Concrete pouring moulds, modelling, transit trays.

Agriculture & Conservations

Capping, Guards, Machinery Covers, Cladding, Vehicle Covers.

Agriculture & Conservations

Capping, Guards, Machinery Covers, Cladding, Vehicle Covers.

Decorative & Signs

Ceiling Decorations, Ceiling Pattern Moulds, Covings, Car Top Signs (Taxi).

Decorative & Signs

Ceiling Decorations, Ceiling Pattern Moulds, Covings, Car Top Signs (Taxi).

Automotive & Aerospace

Seat Accessories, Seat Covers, Roof Racks, Cavavan Shower Products, Motor Home Panels, Motorcycle Huggers, Interior Vehicle Trim, Go Kart Bumpers, Engine Covers, Bonnets.

Automotive & Aerospace

Seat Accessories, Seat Covers, Roof Racks, Cavavan Shower Products, Motor Home Panels, Motorcycle Huggers, Interior Vehicle Trim, Go Kart Bumpers, Engine Covers, Bonnets.

Medical, Maritime & Ministry of Defence

Medical Transit Trays, Tool Organiser, Radar Covers, Control Panels, Vehicle Applications, Equipment Storage.

Medical, Maritime & Ministry of Defence

Medical Transit Trays, Tool Organiser, Radar Covers, Control Panels, Vehicle Applications, Equipment Storage.

Electronics & Engineering

Transit Trays, Protective Covers, Equipment Organisers, ESD Carrier, Transit Solutions, Control Panels.

Electronics & Engineering

Transit Trays, Protective Covers, Equipment Organisers, ESD Carrier, Transit Solutions, Control Panels.

Education & Leisure

Camping Equipment, Camping Accessories, Storage, Games, Visual Learning Aids, Stationary Trays.

Education & Leisure

Camping Equipment, Camping Accessories, Storage, Games, Visual Learning Aids, Stationary Trays.

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