Tooling & Design

Tooling and Design

Airforme Products Ltd have full pattern making facilities in house, this enables us to be more cost effective and reduces the time it takes to get your idea from paper to prototype. Equally we can use a vacuum forming tool supplied by a third party. We can produce patterns/tooling from a drawing or from a sample of the product required.
The design of the vacuum forming tool is a vital part of the vacuum forming process and requires careful consideration to avoid costly changes later.
We are able to guide you through this process step by step and advise you on the best method for your particular project.
There are various materials to consider for your vacuum forming tool, for instance some plastics will tend to vacuum form better on a aluminium tool, but if you only require a small number of vacuum formings then a wooden vacuum forming tool would be adequate.
There is also the need to consider whether or not you require a female vacuum forming tool or a male vacuum forming tool and the possibility of multiple tools to help reduce unit cost over long production runs.
Our design team are here to help guide you through the vacuum forming process from your initial sketch onto the prototype, then through to production. Their assistance will not stop there, they can also help with fabrication techniques and recommend the correct adhesive you may require.