Vacuum forming by Imatex
Vacuum formed parts
Vacuum formed parts can be found in all branches of industry.
Sheets up to 2500 x 1700 mm can be vacuum formed.
Automatically loaded in the vacuum
Sheets are automatically loaded in the vacuum.
The preheated sheet is first inflated.
Heated plastic sheet
Vacuum is applied to the heated sheet.
Cooling on the mold
After cooling on the mold, the piece will retain its shape.
Finished on the milling machines
Technical pieces are still finished on the milling machines after vacuum forming.
Vacuum forming (thermoforming)
is a process in which a flat plastic sheet is completely heated by means of heating elements and then vacuum-formed over a mould.
Imatex has accumulated over 35 years of experience in this process so we know exactly what’s possible and what material is right for which application.
Polystyrene (PS), Polycarbonate (PC), PETG, Polyethylene (PE), Polypropylene (PP), PVC, ABS and Acrylic are just a fraction of the materials which we can shape.
Polycarbonate and acrylic are always pre-dried in our drying ovens.
Imatex has 8 vacuum machines, both manual and fully automated, with a maximum dimensioning of 2500 x 1700 x 800. Smaller batches can also be taken into consideration. We use our 5-axis laser or milling machines which are fully controlled by our CAD/CAM system for the finishing work.
Imatex has also secured a reputation for excellence over the years in the development of vacuum moulds. We can produce your vacuum mould in our own workplace, either from our own design or the customer’s. This means we can produce your mould efficiently and at low cost and then proceed to prototyping and/or production. Depending on the plastic being moulded and the batch size, the mould can be manufactured in various materials; from MDF for very small batches or prototypes, epoxy and PU for small to medium batches, up to aluminium for larger batches. If desired, the customer can supply his own mould.
We also look after the storage of your mould.