Thermoforming of plastics

Columbus defines thermoforming as an application process, in which a thermoform-able, usually thin-walled plastic gets clamped into the frame, instead of the membrane, and then, in a second step, — with the force of vacuum and the use of constant heat treatment, which puts the plastic in a foil-like state — gets pulled over a template. After curing the plastic retains in the shape of the template.
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Fields of application:
Prototype construction
Merchandising products
Vehicle construction
Lamp production
Container construction
Packaging production
Casings Cladding production
Examples of materials:
Your benefits:
  • Extension of the own product range, expansion of the target audience and increase in sales.
  • High productivity increase and process acceleration through flexible prototyping without set-up times.
  • The possibility of wage work for other companies due to the service extension.
  • Cost reduction through more economical use of materials due to adjustable forming frames.
  • Safety in production through the use of a high-quality and proven system.


Discover the incredible variety of applications of a Columbus vacuum press or a Columbus vacuum bag and thereby significantly expand your opportunities in the production process. In the detail information of the respective application you will find much more useful information about the workflow, the possible areas of application as well as the compatible materials and material brands.
Laminated Bending / Shape Bonding / Flat Gluing
Production of laminated bending, shape bonding and flat gluing work pieces made of wood and wood-like materials.
Veneering / Overlaying / Coating
Overlaying of work pieces with high-quality veneers and other materials.
forming solid surface materials & plastics
Forming of plastics, thermoplastic materials and composite materials.
Foil Laminating / Foil Wrapping
Laminating and wrapping with foils
Thermoforming of plastics

Experience the variety
of possibilities

The innovative vacuum press technology from Columbus offers numerous application possibilities. Due to this diversity, there are no limits to your own creativity. Thus, specialized companies are able to meet even the most special customer requirements. The following impressions illustrate the incredible variety of applications that can be achieved with Columbus vacuum presses.
Acoustic and sound insulation systems
Vehicle construction (e.g. campers and airplanes)
Store construction
Prototype construction for the industry
Stage construction and exhibition construction
Store facilities
Restoration (e.g. vintage car)
Sports equipment
Exclusive interior
Interior of yachts and ships
Musical instruments
Coffin production
Merchandising products
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