At Penta Pattern & Model, we offer comprehensive drape forming services to meet a variety of requirements. Our facility can handle plastics of varying thicknesses, with general sheet sizes up to 3050mm x 2050mm, depending on the material. Larger sheets can be sourced if needed. Acrylic is one of the most commonly used materials for this process.

What is Drape Forming?

Drape forming is a specialised process typically used for moulding plastic components into gentle curves or desired shapes. This method involves draping a hot plastic sheet over a mandrel mould and holding it in place with several layers of soft mould cloth until it cools. Compared to other thermoforming methods, drape forming applies slightly more force to achieve the desired shape.

Unique Drape Forming Methods

Our unique methods at Penta Pattern & Model allow us to form parts in multiple directions and combine male and female forms in a single piece of material. If you don't already have the moulds for your drape forming project, we can create them in-house using our 5-axis CNC machining capabilities.

Equipment and Capabilities

Our equipment includes:

  • A large oven measuring 2.5W x 2H x 2.1D to heat plastics to a pliable temperature.
  • Six full 5-axis CNC machines of varying sizes.
  • Soft mould cloths to protect the plastic from surface marking.
  • Clamps for securing the edges to complete the shape.

Our team are available to discuss our facilities and capabilities with you in more detail should you need to, so that we can ensure your product is manufactured most effectively and to an unbeatable quality.

What Are The Advantages of Drape Forming?

One significant advantage of drape forming is that the plastic is not typically stretched during the process, maintaining the material's thickness and preventing weaknesses as it curves around the mould. This ensures robust and durable components, making it an ideal method for the forming and shaping of plastics.

You can trust our dedicated team to help you choose the most effective method for your project and deliver the best possible results. We are experienced in, perspex forming, and various other plastic materials, ensuring high-quality outcomes for your needs.

If you would like to learn more about how drape forming could benefit your project or have any questions, please reach out to us. Contact us by calling 01455 890 571 or emailing sales@pentapatterns.co.uk.

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.

Why Choose Penta Pattern & Model for Drape Forming?

At Penta Pattern & Model, our thermoforming expertise extends to the precise drape forming of plastic components. We specialise in forming and shaping plastics into gentle curves and intricate shapes using advanced techniques. Our facility is well-equipped to handle plastic forming, including perspex forming and industrial plastic forming.

Our unique methods allow us to create complex shapes and combine male and female forms within a single piece of material. We use state-of-the-art equipment, such as our large oven and 5-axis CNC machines, to ensure the best results in thermoforming of plastics.

With our perspex forming we utilise our plastic , we maintain the material's thickness, preventing weaknesses and ensuring durability. Our soft mould cloths protect the surface, and our comprehensive in-house capabilities mean we can manage the entire process, from creating moulds to finishing the final product.


    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.

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