Industrial Fabrication

Drape Forming

Creating bespoke designs focused upon practicality in a range of materials.

We have over 100 years worth of combined experience

The high quality of the work which the expert team at ASH Plastics delivers for our clients is based on a combination of the technicians and engineers we’ve put together and the state of the art facilities they are working with. We’ve been delivering bespoke plastic forming and manufacturing services since 1982 and clients come back to us time and time again because they know they can depend upon the ASH Plastics ethos of quality, excellence and value.

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    Drape forming process

    Clients based in sectors such as retail work with us because they know that we can deliver complex, bespoke designs for items such as free standing display units at the same time as meeting the extremely tight lead times which the retail sector often works around. One of the reasons why we can make this promise is the fact that we use highly specialised techniques such as drape forming.

    Drape forming is the ideal method for creating plastic components in which a gentle curving or other shaping is needed. Our expertise in designing items from an initial brief is based on our manufacturing ability, and the fact that we know that if a design calls for a highly specific and precise curve our drape forming facilities will enable us to deliver it.

    Acrylic is the material most often used for drape forming, although it is also suitable for plastics such as polycarbonate, ABS and polystyrene.


    Plastic moulding techniques

    Our drape forming capabilities mean that we can handle requirements in different materials and up to 1200mm x 2500mm and we also have the capacity to deal with large scale bulk orders without the high standards of the results slipping.

    In simple terms, drape moulding consists of heating the plastic being used to a temperature at which it becomes pliable, than placing it over a ‘male’ mould. This is a mould which takes the form of a positive impression of the desired shape.

    Once the plastic is in place pressure is applied to either the frame holding the plastic or the mould itself, to ensure that it takes the shape of the mould whilst maintaining the original thickness of the material throughout.

    Delivering high precision durable results

    The fact that our engineers and technicians can call on a combined experience of 100 years means that they know how to operate the complex drape forming equipment we’ve invested in so that it delivers high precision, durable results at the same time as keeping the production running seamlessly and at speed.

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    If you’d like to learn more about the end-to-end one stop service we could provide for your company please get in touch. Our experts are ready and waiting to answer any questions and explain exactly what we could do to turn your ideas into a reality.

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