Vacuum Forming

Our Capabilities

APH3G offer prototype one offs and short runs up to production quantities of many 1000’s. We work with all vacuum formable materials ranging from HIPS to Fire Retardant Polycarbonate and thicknesses ranging from 0,25mm up to 10mm. In addition many of our customers in the aerospace, defence, railway and automotive industries require specialist materials, as dictated by the application of the end product.

All tooling design and manufacture is conducted in house, either by CNC or using our skilled pattern makers. Dependant on the nature of the job, we can produce low cost tooling in various density model board materials for short batch runs from 1 off to 100’s off, through to fully water cooled aluminium tools for 1000’s off. All components can be trimmed on our 5 axis equipment utilising the latest Tebis software with off-line programming.

Paint finishes can be applied in house to achieve colours not readily available in sheet form, along with APH undertaking full assembly of vacuum formed parts together with client free issue parts and hardware sourced by us. Any assembly fixturing required are designed and built in house as well as checking/inspection fixtures to ensure compliance with our end users requirements.

 

Material Types

Depending on the application of the end product APH3G can offer Vacuum formed components from the range of plastic materials listed below :

  • High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS)
  • Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) – Embossed/Pinseal
  • Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) – Smooth
  • Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) – Flame Retardent
  • Polypropylene Copolymer (PP)
  • High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)
  • Conductive Polystyrene (CPS)
  • Conductive High Density Polyethylene (CHD)
  • Acrylic Capped ABS (ACC) – Pinseal
  • Rigid PVC – Film
  • Polycarbonate
  • PETG
  • Kydex