Vaccum – Forming

Thermoformed plastics are used to manufacture products as diverse as kiosks and packaging enclosures for pills. The most common manufacturing method for these products is vacuum forming, in which a heated sheet of plastic is stretched over a mold and held in place by applying a vacuum between the mold surface and the plastic sheet. Thin films are used to manufacture small products such as packaging enclosures. Heavy gauge materials are used to replace metals, fiberglass and injection molded plastics for larger products such as kiosks and enclosures.

Some products manufactured using vacuum forming are:

  • Signs
  • Kiosks and automated teller machines
  • Enclosures for machinery
  • Enclosures for medical equipment, including MRI machines and equipment housings
  • Engine covers
  • Vehicle dashboards, components and trim
  • Interior trim and seat components for trains and buses
  • Decorative trim
  • Packaging for pills and point of purchase items
  • Trays

Vacuum-formed products can be of any shape, from simple enclosures to complex shapes for kiosks and decorative trim.

As a leading distributor of thermoplastics that can be vacuum formed or thermoformed, Nationwide Plastics can provide you with the material you need for your application. We represent the top manufacturers in the industry, and will assist you in selecting the best material for your application. We are proud of our reputation as “the authority on plastics manufacturing and distribution,” and make sure that we understand both your application and the materials available to provide you with the best material solution for that application.