drape forming

drape forming

[′drāp ‚fȯr·miŋ]
(engineering)
A method of forming thermoplastic sheet in which the sheet is clamped into a movable frame, heated, and draped over high points of a male mold; vacuum is then applied to complete the forming operation.
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that does vacuum and pressure forming, drape forming, brake forming, and cold forming in a 55,000-f[t.
Drape forming is another tool in Ajax's processing repertoire.
For drape forming, male molds are easier to build and generally cost less than female molds; however, male molds are more easily damaged.
Thermoforming - including drape forming and vacuum forming, allows customers to cost production and tooling costs for parts made from heavy gauge sheet plastic such as fender wells and interior door panels.
Drape forming is also being tested for lightweight automotive parts.
RCAI has expanded its use of vacuum forming and a variant of the process called drape forming to produce splints, cuffs, stays, hinges, braces, and joints that comprise many of its roughly 70 orthotic products.
Compared with traditional thermoforming, drape forming is relatively simple, "low-tech," and more labor intensive.
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They typically involve drape forming using male tools.
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offices near Detroit, makes acoustic laminates by drape forming, vacuum forming, and matched-metal compression molding, among other methods.