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Vacuum Forming

Bo-Mer has been striving to find the most effective ways to serve our customers since 1946. This is where our vacuum forming services come into play. By providing this option for our customers, we can offer lower costs and faster results, due to superior production variables.

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About the process

Vacuum forming falls under the category of thermoforming.

A plastic sheet is heated to its softening point, (forming temperature) then a vacuum is created between the softened sheet of plastic and the mold which results in a 3D replication of the mold surface. The process of vacuum forming has been in use since the 1930’s due to its favorable manufacturing characteristics. The most amiable materials in use with the vacuum forming process are thermoplastics; however, extensive research is being conducted to expand this list.

Typical Vacuum Forming Applications

You’ve seen vacuum formed components of larger objects all around your daily life: lining the inside of your fridge, protective masks, and many plastic coverings are made from vacuum forming.

Our vacuum formed components protect and add aesthetics to the following applications:

    • Various electronics
    • High or low volume plastic packaging
    • Automobile interior components
    • Retail POS displays
    • Medical Equipment
    • Outdoor Info Kiosks/ATMs
    • Robotics

Advantages of Using Vacuum Forming

Bo-Mer sees vacuum forming as a useful tool in providing superior value to customers. There are several advantages that make it one of our top processes:

  • Tooling is more simplistic than plastic injection molding; time to market is faster
  • For these two reasons, it can be much more economical to produce using this method versus using plastic injection only.
  • It’s a highly adaptable process that can fit specific, changing customer needs
  • It works well when used in conjunction with plastic and/or metal processes.

Our Vacuum Forming Equipment

The quality products we present to customers are in part a reflection of our carefully selected machinery. We use top of the line vacuum forming equipment to pair with our talented machinists. Our equipment includes:   

  • Five rotary thermoforming machines that can accommodate up to a 6’ x 10’ x 41” depth.
  • Seven single station thermoforming machines that can accommodate up to a 7’ x 11’ x 36” depth.
  • Two inline (thin gauge) thermoforming machines.

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