Services include re-engineering, protective-packaging manufacturing, design, vacuum forming, pressure forming, drape forming
, CNC machining, fabrication, and assembly.
It's the story of Ajax Custom Manufacturing (ajaxmfg.com), a privately owned firm in Union City, Calif., that does vacuum and pressure forming, drape forming, brake forming, and cold forming in a 55,000-f[t.sup.2] headquarters facility it opened in 2005.
Drape forming is another tool in Ajax's processing repertoire.
Heat lamps normally operate at 176 to 212 F to preheat and vacuum form a prepreg, but Aeroform's HDF (Hampshire Drape Forming) lamps can be designed for up to 356 F, hot enough to precure the epoxy and shorten the subsequent autoclave cycle.
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.
offices near Detroit, makes acoustic laminates by drape forming
, vacuum forming, and matched-metal compression molding, among other methods.
They typically involve drape forming
using male tools.
Roof panels are produced by drape forming
the curved sides and then welding them to flat sheet stock.
Each machine comes programmed with detailed graphical drawings of the machine, a listing of general process parameters, and step-by-step instructions on how to set up and operate the machine for 13 different thermoforming processes, such as drape forming
, billow forming, or straight vacuum forming.