At Hagans Plastics Co., Inc., our reputation as a premier provider of precision pressure formed products is derived from over 40 years of consistently exceeding our customers’ expectations.
This ability is highlighted by our pressure forming services.
For the uninitiated, pressure forming is a process where the material is heated; air pressure is then applied to force the material into a female mold. The process allows for the creation of more complex geometries, and a level of precision that is not attainable through standard pressure forming. It can also give the appearance of an injection-molded part, but with considerably lower tooling costs. For products that need crisp, sharp and well defined detail, pressure forming is the process of choice. This innovative forming technique is performed by our seasoned staff of industry professionals, who specialize in producing intricate details such as sharp corners, textures, undercuts, vents, and much more.
Our pressure forming operation is geared for the production of parts up to 8′ in length, 5′ in width/diameter, 4′ in depth and thickness from 0.090″ to 0.5″. Any plastic that is suitable for vacuum forming can be pressure formed, including ABS and PVC. The use of pressure forming is also possible on materials that are off limits to vacuum forming, such as glass filled materials. When using only vacuum, the glass fibers of these materials would not allow the sheet to conform to the mold. However, with the addition of pressure, the material can be forced into the desired configuration with great accuracy. This capability is augmented by our 3 and 5 axis CNC machining capabilities that can perform deburring, drilling, and many other tasks.
With both single and twin sheet forming, this service is ideal for a wide range of applications and industries. We have provided pressure formed products to customers in industries such as aerospace, agricultural, automotive, construction, electronics, medical, and many more; we have even manufactured pressure formed parts that are installed on the International Space Station.
From prototypes to high volume production runs, all work is performed to the highest quality and meets AS9100 and ISO 9001 standards. To learn more about our pressure forming, contact us directly.
Case Studies See all
Vacuum Thermoforming of Custom Seat Backs for the Aerospace Industry
The project highlighted here is for the fabrication of a custom seat back cover that was and is being used by Virgin America. Starting in 2004, one of the most challenging aspects of this particular seat back is the creation of the ultra-high gloss and brilliant white appearance.
Vacuum Thermoforming of a Costume Head for the Restaurant Industry
It’s not every day that you get to partner with a thirty-year-old American Icon, like Chuck E. Cheese. In June of 2012, Chuck E. Cheese launched an updated, contemporized mascot. As such, all costumes used in the more than 570 store chain would need to be updated as well.
Thermoforming of a Closeout for use in the Military Industry
The project highlighted here was a closeout part for unmanned drones used in the military. The part carried a high level of difficulty in the forming and the trimming operation and featured a severe undercut/trap on the mold.
Thermoforming of an Electronic Enclosure for the Electrical Industry
The project highlighted here was an electronic enclosure with EMI shielding designed for use in electrical testing. The customer supplied a 2D CAD drawing, and the part went through four complete design changes with small production runs done on each of the designs.
Thermoforming of Antenna Cover for use in the Telecommunications Industry
The project highlighted here is a radome, sometimes called a nose cover, for an antenna system used in the telecommunications industry. The customer supplied a 3D model of the antenna system along with a 2D CAD drawing.
Vacuum Thermoforming of an Advanced Medical Training Simulator
ACDET’s AbSim is an advanced medical training simulator that teaches student doctors and nurses how to perform a physical abdominal palpation exam.
- Max 8 ft
- Max 5 ft
- Max 4 ft
- Max 5 ft
- Min .090 in
- Max .5 in