Ideally suited to low to medium-volume batch production, or very large-format assemblies, plastic vacuum forming offers a cost-effective alternative to injection moulding, which often involves a significant investment in tooling.
Our considerable expertise in vacuum forming plastic, particularly when it comes to material selection and manufacturing, means that we are able incorporate a diverse range of processes and plastic vacuum formed products.
Vacuum forming is a version of thermoforming with some slight variations. Similarly to thermoforming, vacuum forming involves heating a sheet of plastic to a forming temperature, the sheet is then forced against a mould using a vacuum. This process can be used to mould a wide range of plastic products for a range of sectors including the automotive, aerospace, and medical industries.
If you would like to learn more about vacuum forming, check out our complete guide to vacuum forming.
Plastic forming has many benefits over other types of forming. When vacuum forming plastic, low forming pressures are used which enables the use of lower cost tooling and cheaper materials for the mould. This also leads to a reduced lead time for tooling manufacture, more cost effective plastic vacuum forming products and more economical prototyping.
Whatever your product or industry, our plastic vacuum forming production specialists can advise on the best manufacturing process to give you the best solution for your budget.
Learn more about the plastic vacuum forming process.
The vacuum forming process is made up of several stages which can incorporate various other processes, such as tooling. However, at its core, the vacuum forming process is as follows:
Make to print plastic components are where they are designed, materials specified and tested by your company. The supplier only becomes involved solely to manufacture the products to the specification requested and will have no other input on the design or testing of the plastic components.
The make to print process is suitable for a variety of plastic parts which can range from small mass produced pieces to larger, more unique projects. Our make to print parts can be manufactured through the vacuum forming or thermoplastic forming process.
Furthermore, our make to print plastic components are finished to a high standard by one of our eight, industry-leading, Maka 5 Axis CNC machines which can meet even the most complex machining and trimming requirements.
Ansini offer a range of plastic vacuum forming services to a wide range of sectors, we are recognised as one of the UK industry leaders, as a specialist in vacuum forming and thermoplastic moulding. We’re driven by demanding industry standards and lean practice procedures to ensure you’ll receive the highest quality product, which has passed our quality assurance standards.
To further our promise of high quality, we are ISO 9001:2015 accredited. Our strict quality management system assures that our products will not only meet, but exceed your quality expectations.
We have an extensive range of technical vacuum forming capabilities which allow us to form products to any of our client’s specifications.
Here at Ansini we have a total of 10 large capacity mould machines capable of operating with moulds up to 2M x 1M in size, allowing us to accommodate projects that require moulds that are larger in scale.
We are able to mould a wide range of plastics including ABS, PP, HDPE, HIPS, POLYCARB, and PETG. We are also capable of working with specialist aerospace materials including KYDEX and LEXAN. Our other material capabilities include:
For more information about thermoplastic moulding at Ansini please visit www.thermo-plastic-moulding.co.uk.
We have had the pleasure of working with a variety of businesses in different industries that have used Vacuum Forming as part of the manufacturing process.
Both plastic forming and injection moulding are useful for creating custom plastic components and each process has its own unique benefits and drawbacks, depending on what they are required for.
For more information read our guide on the differences between vacuum forming and injection moulding.
If you have a question for us, or would like to discuss a specific project, please do get in touch.