Vacuum casting is a rapid prototyping process used in manufacturing industries to create vacuum products and functional plastic parts. It is conducted with a silicone master model made by SLA or CNC. In this process, a plastic sheet is heated to make it soft and pliable to stretch and vacuum on a mold. When cooled, the heated plastic takes the shape of the mold and forms a three-dimensional object. There are many examples of vacuum casting products that we see and use daily in life. These vacuum-formed products are used in food, cosmetic, and electronic industries for packaging. There are several benefits of using vacuum casting for your business.
When you need quality plastic components in less quantity, then vacuum molding or vacuum forming is the most suitable option. With vacuum molding, you can make prototype and produce high-quality plastic parts. Since there is fewer tooling required in the process, you can save cost as well. Further, this process is also best for R&D as it is inexpensive, and has a fast turnaround time. It is ideal for various applications such as consumer products, electronics, industrial, retail, display, construction, automotive, and packaging.
When multiple parts have to be fused together, vacuum mold casting is the best methods. Not only the design specifications are more precise, but also are perfect fit. Take an example of the plastic case of your smartphone. If the mobile doesn’t fit in the case, will it get sold? Vacuum molding lessens such error at the production stage, and eliminates the chances of the recalling the stock. For small business, this feature is highly beneficial.
The tooling required in vacuum molding is minimum, which saves cost. Since no high pressure is used in the casting process, it doesn’t require high-quality or sophisticated tools in high volume. The best of all the benefits it offers, is the low-cost materials required for producing molds. The cost can be reduced by using a single sheet of plastic for creating large parts. Moreover, scraps from the finished products can also be recycled.
Vacuum casting produces high-quality prototypes that are suitable for assembly testing, low-volume manufacturing, functional plastic parts, research and development, marketing, and design improvements.
Vacuum casting is an effective prototyping method in which a silicone mold with hollow cavity that is a duplicate of the 3D model is made first. The mold is used to pour in liquid material, which is then solidified to create a three-dimensional object. For vacuum casting services in Melbourne, contact Zeal 3D Printing Services. This 3D printing company can duplicate various castings with SLA technology for you to create plastic parts in different materials.