Plastic Forming

A reliable source for Vacuum Formed Plastic information and leading Vacuum Formed Plastic Companies & Manufacturers.

The food and beverage, sporting goods, electronics, medical, appliance, automotive, cosmetics, telecommunications and commercial goods industries all use plastic forming processes that heat a sheet of plastic material and shape it through a mold. Read More…

Plastic Forming Plastic forming is a group of manufacturing procedures that takes thermoplastics and forms them through molding processes into a wide variety of plastic products for numerous industrial, commercial and domestic applications.

Leading Manufacturers

Greeneville, TN  |  423-638-1284

Valk’s policy is “to meet or exceed our customer’s requirements, working together as a team with honesty and integrity.” Valk’s success is due to their long standing focus on quality & customer service— that means you’re not going to find a better place to satisfy your vacuum formed plastic needs. As a registered ISO 9001:2008 company, Valk is committed to continually improving.

Request A Quote

Valk Industries, Inc. $$$

Lake Bluff, IL  |  847-604-5100

Since 1960, Profile Plastics Inc. has been at the forefront of thermoforming technology. Utilizing the latest software and technology, our expert staff of engineers can design custom vacuum, pressure, and twin-sheet thermoformed solutions. Over the last 50 years, we have developed a process that allows us to deliver consistent, high volume, and precise products with superior quality. Our highly aesthetic products are manufactured with great attention to detail. ISO 9001:2008 certified.

Request A Quote

Profile Plastics, Inc. $$$

New Milford, CT  |  860-354-0885

For over 40 years, Conlet Plastics has been a leader in vacuum forming. They serve a wide variety of industries including medical, airline, automotive and signage, with high-quality products that are reasonably priced & delivered on time. They are fully equipped for prototypes or production of many kinds of blister packs. They also offer in house tooling capabilities.

Request A Quote

Conlet Plastics, Inc. $$$

Stirling, NJ  |  800-304-3774

EPP, Inc. is a manufacturer of thermoplastic materials. They provide a full range of services to meet any part requirement, including quality & affordable vacuum forming services, as well as post-forming operations, which are subject to quality control. Their commitment to customer service is why they have the recognition as an outstanding source for a wide range of formed & fabricated products.

Request A Quote

Engineered Plastic Products, Inc. $$$

Coleman, MI  |  877-465-4055

Robinson Industries offers thermoformed and injection molded reusable, heavy duty plastic pallets, packaging and more. We are one of the largest suppliers of reusable pallets to many industries because of our expertise based on 65 years in business, our completely in-house process and our high quality certifications including ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004. Join the Robinson Family today!

Request A Quote

Robinson Industries $$$

West Chester, PA  |  610-436-4750

When it comes to vacuum forming we are the experts! Come see the difference when you work with true professionals as we astound you with our amazing levels of customer service. We have made it one of our primary goals that we provide our customers with products that will withstand the test of time to provide a lifetime of value. For more information on how to get started with us visit our website today!

Request A Quote

Packateers, Inc. $$$
placeholder image Valk Industries, Inc. Profile Plastics, Inc. Conlet Plastics, Inc. Engineered Plastic Products, Inc. Robinson Industries Packateers, Inc.

The most common products made from plastic forming processes are plastic packaging. The three different types include blister packs, clamshells and plastic trays, all of which are used to protect, transport and display many different commercial products for sale. Forming offers low tooling costs, quick start-up and cost efficiency for small to medium production runs.

Many different plastics are formed, including polyester (PET), used for packaging, high density polyethylene (HDPE), which makes bottles and bags, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), used for food wrap, vegetable oil bottles and blister packaging, polypropylene (PP) food containers and caps, high grades of polystyrene (PS), which are best for products like disposable plastic silverware, CD cases and cartons. Other materials that may be used in plastic forming services include acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), acrylics, polycarbonate and Kydex, which is a PVC-based thermoplastic.

Plastic Forming Plastic Forming - Profile Plastics, Inc.

Of the many different plastic forming processes vacuum forming is one of the most popular options. The popularity of vacuum forming, or thermoforming, is in part due to its long history as well as its relative simplicity. This process works by first heating a plastic sheet of uniform thickness. The material is heated until it reaches the desired level of softness and pliability.

Depending on the specific properties and thickness of the plastic polymer, the heating time and temperature will vary. The heated sheet is then transferred to the forming station where it is enclosed between two mating molds. The air between the molds is removed using a vacuum pump which forces the plastic sheet to press against the mold.

The sheet is allowed to dry and cure while pressed against the mold. Once it has dried, the molded plastic is removed and trimmed if necessary. This is the simplest method of vacuum forming, but there are many other more complex vacuum forming processes, including pressure forming and twin sheet thermoforming.

Pressure forming is similar to the vacuum forming process except it also uses compressed air to press the plastic sheet more tightly against the mold which allows for more detailed products. Twin sheet thermoforming also uses the same process as basic vacuum forming except the process is done for two separate sheets of plastic at the same time. Once the two sheets have been molded they are welded together to create a hollow product. The process chosen depends largely on the intended use and essential properties of the finished product.

Plastic Forming Informational Video