Almost all plastics can be vacuum formed, but if in doubt our technical staff will be pleased to advise. The most common types of plastic we vacuum form are detailed under the heading of Materials.
The object of vacuum forming is to heat plastic sheet material until it is soft enough to mould over a tool or pattern, under a vacuum. When the plastic is subject to vacuum the suction achieved is around 28 HG.
We can integrally water cool aluminium and steel tools and cold air cool the tool surfaces direct from our vacuum forming machinery.
This allows the tooling to operate at a fixed temperature during the production process.
Our Fabritrak production monitoring system allows us to track orders, and communicate manufacturing data between various departments at Arnolds.
Our vacuum forming machinery includes a Geiss DU1500 U8 and a Canon Shelley PF2515, both are directly linked to our design studio and our expert programmers. With a unique product code reference and the fixed manufacturing conditions provided by our machinery, repeat mouldings are manufactured exactly the same, time after time.
All vacuum forming manufacture is carried out to ISO 9001: 2008 quality standards.