Materials

One of the great features of choosing to have your product vacuum formed is the wide variety of materials available for use, each with their own beneficial qualities. Our team will be able to assist with selecting the best vacuum forming materials for your product for the final finish and also for the highest performance. Please note that this is only a glance at some of our popular materials and if there is a material that you are particularly interested in please do contact our team.

Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS)

Frequently found in plastic manufacture due to its nature to mould easily, ABS plastic is an inexpensive material with a wide range of capabilities. Available in many colours and finishes, it is a sturdy plastic with a variety of blends with a multitude of features, including ignition resistance, high heat tolerance and high impact. This plastic is ideal for products such as electronic housings, storage containers and furniture.

Acrylic Capped ABS

Featuring the attributes of ABS, this material’s added qualities make it ideal for items to be used outside, where they will face a testing by the weather. It is often used in marine equipment, automotive sectors, and by builders.

Polycarbonate

Similar to ABS, Polycarbonate is available as either standard grade or recycled. It is a strong, high impact plastic with the ability to be fire retardant. The transparency of the material and its strength means it is perfect for packaging, roofing and even riot shields!

Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) and PVC/Acrylic Blend

Used for a variety of different applications, this material is available in a multitude of finishes and colours. Its known chemical resistance means it is often recommended for items in the medical or industrial sectors. The high gloss also makes it a fantastic resource for point of sale display items.

Polypropylene and Polyethylene

This material is robust and strong, suitable for low and high temperatures which means it can be used externally. It is often used for items such as containers and medical components.

High Impact Polystyrene (HIP)

This material characteristically is highly glossed with many bright coloured finishes available. As an affordable, lightweight plastic with aesthetic qualities it is commonly used for vacuum formed display stands or covers.

Acrylic

Available as either cast or extruded acrylic this material is known for its high quality transparency, good surface hardness and UV stability. This plastic is frequently used within the signage and lighting industries.

Polyolefins

This group of plastics includes polypropylene and HDPE. This material is robust and strong, suitable for low and high temperatures which means it can be used externally.

Finishes

Thermoplastic vacuum forming is a versatile technique, which means that we can use a wide variety of vacuum forming materials, colours and finishes.

All our textured finishes are rolled onto the sheet prior to vacuum forming and we can also offer screen and digital printing.

The types of finishes that we can source, supply and produce to create our products include:

  • Paint
  • Pinseal
  • Smooth
  • Wood
  • Metal
  • Marble
  • Carbon fibre
  • Leather grain
  • Fire retardant
  • Non-conductive

Thanks to the range of equipment we offer, we can work with virtually any material thickness and size, and our in-house CNC trimming ensures the highest quality finish. For high volume numbers we can have the plastic coloured to the specification of your choice at the point of manufacture to accompany your brand requirements.