Creating bespoke designs focused upon practicality in a range of materials
we offer thermoforming and vacuum forming
We’ve been working with clients from a wide range of sectors since 1982, and over the course of more than four decades we’ve developed a state of the art facility featuring cutting edge technology utilised by time-served engineers and technicians. Our team can boast more than 100 years’ worth of combined experience and, even more importantly, they all work on the basis of the ASH Plastics ethos of quality, excellence and value for money.
thermoforming design process
As specialists in delivering solutions utilising plastics such as acrylic, polycarbonate, polypropylene, polyethylene, ABS and HIPS we make use of a wide range of different techniques, from laser cutting to line bending. One of the major techniques utilised when working with plastics in order to deliver precision results is thermoforming and, in particular, vacuum forming.
In simple terms, thermoforming involves heating sheets of plastic until they reach a temperature at which they are sufficiently pliable. Once the plastic has reached the right temperature it can be placed over a mould of the desired shape and pressed into place.
vacuum forming design
The mould in question can be male or female, depending upon the shape being moulded, with a male mould being a ‘positive’ shape which presses up into the sheet of plastic and a female mould being negative in nature, forming a space into which the plastic sheet presses down.
In basic thermoforming the plastic sheet is pressed into place and left to cool and harden.
Vacuum forming involves a similar process except that, once the plastic has been placed over or into the mould the air is vacuumed out, sucking the plastic firmly against the mould and creating the closest possible fit.
using the latest and most innovative materials
Our vacuum and thermoforming services can be combined with the other technology we use to create bespoke solutions, and our 20,000 sq. ft. facility boasts the scale needed to deliver bulk orders of items at speed and for the best possible price.
We work in close partnership with every client, developing detailed CAD designs from the initial brief and then manufacturing and assembling the finished product in-house.
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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.
Call us or send an email and we’ll start the process of delivering the solutions you’re looking for.
Tel: +44(0)1902 450 300