Today, technological advancements have made attainable what couldn’t be achieved before. This is because, however challenging, good ideas always find ways to become a possibility. That’s the case of an Advanced Manufacturing process that has helped many companies achieve extraordinary results: Prototype vacuum forming.

Also known as Vacuum Casting or Urethane Casting, this is one of the preferred methods to obtain high-quality complex geometries, as well as a cost-effective choice that has given many companies a great method to meet lead times and requirements.

At ARRK North America, we provide an efficient Vacuum Casting approach, which creates complex parts with a wide variety of colors and finishes, accomplishing the design supplied by the customer. Keep reading to learn more about this process and how it can benefit your project.

How Does Vacuum Casting Work?

As the name suggests, Vacuum Casting consists of creating a prototype with a vacuum technique used to make several copies of a design, no matter how intricate its details. This is how it works:

  1. Designers create a CAD file of the master model to be made through the custom 3D Printing process.
  2. The master model is placed in a casting frame and filled with silicone to create the mold, which will be used to shape the prototypes.
  3. Once the mold is made, the selected polyurethanes are poured inside the mold and allowed to cure, which happens in less than a day.
  4. The prototype is created with the greatest detail possible, and now the demolding process is carried out. Because the silicone mold has high tearing strength, this process is fast and can be carried out from 10 to 15 times more.

What Are the Advantages of this Casting Process?

New devices must be attractive and user-friendly, which must be planned during the design process. At ARRK North America, we are in charge of developing the ideas our customers create; we are the bridge between their creativity and the possibilities of Rapid Prototyping.

With our Vacuum Casting, companies can get :

  • Any surface type, such as textured, smooth, glossy, rough, polished, satin, and more.
  • Vivid colors selected before the curing process and become part of the component itself. There is no need to paint afterward!
  • Cost-effectiveness, due to the low cost of silicone, as well as the fast lead times achieved.
  • Complex shapes achieved thanks to the features of silicone, which allow for elasticity.
  • Flexibility to adapt the design according to needs.

At ARRK North America, we’re convinced that prototype vacuum forming is the way to get your components right the first time and to achieve outstanding results that your final customers will definitely appreciate. Get your medical devices, automotive parts or most popular consumer electronic products with the best quality worldwide.

If you’re looking for Advanced Manufacturing experts to guide you in all project stages, you’re at the right place. Contact us to get a quote, and let’s start this journey together.

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