The Industries We Serve

Comprehensive certifications, including AS9100D and ISO 9001:2015, mean that we work successfully with the most demanding industries.

Medical

Aerospace

Autonomous Vehicles

Defense

Robotics

Creative & Cost Effective Solutions

At Plastics Design & Manufacturing we have an extensive line of computer controlled thermoforming equipment that provides the highest accuracy, process control, and capacity.

We support your turnkey needs through:

  • Extensive Forming
  • Trimming
  • Assembly
  • Finishing Capabilities

We utilize single station capabilities for prototyping and low volumes, as well as multi-station rotaries to achieve efficiencies in high production plastics manufacturing.

Our 15 forming stations range in size from 4’ x 5’ to 5’ x 9’.

We also provide product design and manufacturing engineering assistance and are AS9100:2016 – 1SO 9001:2015 Certified.

Common Plastic Vacuum Forming Materials

  • ABS | A common material available in several colors, textures and flame retardant grades
  • PC | A good impact material with a resistance to high temperatures
  • HDPE | An inexpensive material that is resistant to chemical and cold temperatures
  • TPO | A material that is durable and impact-resistant & UV stable
  • HIPS | An inexpensive material available in many colors and simple to mold
  • PVC | A strong, impact-resistant material available in flame retardant, as well as a range of colors and textures

Vacuum Forming Plastic | The Basic Process

Vacuum forming plastic is a multi-step process:

1. Tool Creation/Tooling Set-Up: A tool is designed and custom-fabricated to support the thermoforming process.  Trim fixtures are made from a casting from the part to insure precise fit and close tolerance secondary machining.

2. Plastic Material Heated: A flat sheet of plastic material is loaded in the thermoforming machine where it is heated to a specific temperature optimal for forming.

3. Heated Plastic Material Draped Over a Tool: The heated plastic material sheet is draped into a female tool or over a male tool and vacuum lines in the mold expel the air between the plastic and the tool and draws the softened plastic to the tool.

4. Remove the Formed Plastic from the Tool: Once the plastic material sheet has formed and cooled sufficiently it is removed from the tool.

5. Trim: Trim fixtures are cast from finished parts to insure proper fit.  Close tolerance routing and drilling are performed on 3 axis and 5 axis CNC machines.

6. Finish: We recognize the importance of your cosmetic requirements, and have the expertise and experience to get it “finished” to your specifications. Our finishing department includes services such as EMI / RFI shielding, custom painting, texturing, pad printing and multi-color silk-screening. The integration of these services provides our customers with turnkey production capabilities resulting in better control of quality, consistency, delivery and pricing.

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