The unique methods that we use here at Penta, allow us to form parts in more than one direction and also to combine male and female forms in the same piece of material.
If you don’t already have the moulds for your drape forming project, we have the tooling materials and ability to make moulds in house with our 5-axis CNC machining capabilities.
The equipment we have available:
- A large oven measuring 2.5W x 2H x 2.1D to heat plastics to a certain temperature to allow it to become pliable.
- Four full 5-axis CNC machines ranging in size from 500x500x500mm to 3600x1800x1200mm.
- Soft mould cloths to protect the plastic from surface marking.
- Clamps for securing the edges to complete the shape.
Drape forming is a versatile process that can be applied to various materials, with plastics being the most commonly used. Some of the plastics suitable for drape forming include acrylic, polycarbonate, PETG (polyethylene terephthalate glycol), PVC (polyvinyl chloride), and ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene). The choice of material depends on factors such as the desired aesthetic, functional properties, and thickness requirements. Acrylic, in particular, is a popular choice due to its transparency, durability, and ease of drape forming.
Established in 1985, we have built a strong reputation for manufacturing excellent products within tight timescales and to extremely high tolerances. In order to achieve this, we use state of the art equipment and traditional, time honoured processes and skills.