We provide bespoke vacuum forming services. We are able to produce a mould based on your product or we can create a CAD drawing based on your requirements and design idea. Depending on the material and project specifications we can

either 3D print or CNC machine the mould. We work with a variety of thermoplastic materials in order to fulfil every client’s demands Our skilled and experienced engineers and model makers are ready to assist your with realising your project. 

Fpso Glen Lyon Ship Model 11
Fpso Glen Lyon Ship Model 11

Vacuum forming also known as thermo forming is a process where a polymer sheet is heated to a certain temperature, stretched into a mould and pressed against the mould using vacuum suction. The mould also know as tool is usually manufactured using 3D printing or CNC machining methods. Once produced the ready mould requires a considerable amount of skill and hand-finishing to achieve the required standard. The part can be vacuum formed using different thermoplastic materials all depending on the technical specifications and aesthetic requirements. After the forming process is finished the material should be cooled down and the excess should be trimmed according to the final shape.

Vacuum forming is a widely used method in model making. This technology is preferred when producing in high quantities, low cost and short timeframes. Using this method, we are able to produce clear plastic parts and details for architectural models, prototypes, vehicle and naval models.

Another application of this thermoforming process we find when producing light and strong shells and hulls for radio-controlled models. Small details and fitting in kit models are organised and secured in custom holders formed using this method.

Skandi Carla Model Ship 8