Pressure Forming

Pressure Forming can give the appearance of an injection molded or structural foam part with a fraction of the tooling cost. Pressure Forming produces the most detail of the Thermoforming processes. As with any kind of thermoforming, Plastic Pressure Forming starts with sheet plastic being heated and formed by forcing the plastic onto a mold; however, this method uses more extreme amounts of air pressure to achieve a finished product.

Common pressure formed materials are ABS, Acrylic PVC, Polycarbonate, and other thermoplastic materials. Typical volumes are high hundreds to high thousands.

Special Uses of Pressure Forming:

  • Sharp, clear molded-in details such as logos, label recesses or texture
  • Molded-in undercuts or zero draft
  • Deep parts with even material distribution
  • Highly cosmetic outside surfaces
  • Multiple textures or smooth areas on the same part