Vacuum Forming Services

Vacuum Forming Services
Vacuum Forming Services

At Reliable Formed Plastics, LLC, we provide vacuum forming for the food and beverage, retail, aerospace, and OEM industries. Most thermoplastic sheet materials including ABS, acrylic, polycarbonate, and polypropylene can be used to create custom displays, enclosures, and consumer goods. Our vacuum forming equipment is capable of forming sheets up to 8' in length and 4' in width, with a sheet thickness between 0.020" and 0.25". Draw depths of up to 3' are possible, depending part geometry. The wall thickness of a part will decrease as draw depths increase. Engineers ensure that the necessary rigidity is retained in the final part shape. While many thermoforming providers focus on high volume, low-cost stock items, such as packaging, everything we make is custom. As a result, our engineering and value added services are specifically tailored to providing high quality, custom products with attractive lead times.

Utilizing 5-axis CNC routing capabilities, tolerances as tight as ±0.010" can be held for precision components. Because tooling costs are much lower for vacuum forming when compared to other molding processes, vacuum forming is an economical option for a range of production volumes. Engineers can assist customers in finalizing their designs for compatibility with the thermoforming process. Prototype molds are used to prove designs before full production tooling is fabricated, preventing wasted time and material in production. In addition, we can work with existing outside tooling for customers seeking a new vacuum forming supplier. For more information about our vacuum forming capability, see the table below, or contact us directly.

Vacuum Forming Capabilities

Capability
Thermoforming

Vacuum Forming

Materials
ABS
Acrylic (Plexiglas)
Acrylic-Polyvinyl Chloride (Kydex)
Polycarbonate (Lexan)
Styrene
PETG
Polyethylene
Polypropylene
Additional Thermoplastic Materials
Sheet Length
Up to 8'
Sheet Width
Up to 4'
Sheet Thickness
0.020" to 0.25"
Draw Depth
Up to 3'
Dependent on Part Geometry
Tolerance (+/-)
±0.010"
Specific Tolerances Dependent on Material & Geometry
Additional Services Provided
Mold Design
Mold Making
Prototyping
Trimming
Routing
Heat Bending
Injection Molded Component Sourcing
Assembly
  • Mechanical Assembly
  • Solvent Bonding
Packaging
Production Volume
Low Volume
High Volume
Typical Lead Time
2 - 4 Weeks Typical for Repeat Orders
4 - 6 Weeks Typical Including New Tooling
Specific Times Quoted on a Job by Job Basis
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