Proof of Concept program

Turn your ideas into reality

Proof of Concept

You've got a great idea for a product and think vacuum forming is the right way to make it. But how do you get started and what do you need to consider when making a tool?

We understand the challenges of initial tool design for those new to vacuum forming.

The Proof of Concept program (POC) is the low cost, low risk, first stage in identifying - and fixing - potential issues with tool designs. We ensure your tools and molds are ready for vacuum forming, with no surprises or worries.

It's your opportunity to de-risk the prototyping and development process, reducing time and cost.

The Process

Stage 1

Our experienced team will review your idea or design. Whether this is a sketch on a napkin to be drawn-up in design software, a model already designed in CAD software, or a complex, existing shape that needs to be reverse engineered, the team will use their experience to help create a workable prototype tool. They may suggest changes or modifications to ensure the tool aligns with vacuum forming industry guidelines.

Proof of Concept program design and formed mould

Stage 2

Using our in-house 3D printers, the team will produce a sample tool quickly and at an affordable price. The tools can be multi-part, contain threads and be scaled-down.

Proof of Concept design and finished form

Stage 3

The sample tool will be extensively tested on our vacuum forming machines, using a variety of plastic sheet types and vacuum forming parameters (such as heating temperature, heating times and plug assists).

Proof of Concept program example

Stage 4

Results are shared with you via pictures, video conferences, and in-person visits, which are encouraged.

Proof of Concept program video conference

The Formech Advantage

We offer:

  • Quick turnaround times - basic designs can be worked on within a day
  • Quality control - tools are extensively reviewed and analysed before presented to you
  • Best practice - missing features and details will be highlighted and added
  • Dedicated staff - projects are delivered by members of the team with specific POC experience
  • Value for money - we offer design consultancy, 3D tool printing, vacuum forming consultancy, and sample molds included as part of the package
  • Reassurance - Formech is ISO9001:2015 accredited for Quality Management, so you can be sure of a high quality service
  • Confidentiality - we are happy to sign NDAs to protect your development process
  • Machine advice - we can advise on the most suitable vacuum forming machines for your project or product - ask us about recouping your investment on a machine purchase

Think of us as an extension of your team - we’ll be with you until it’s perfectly formed.

More information about Proof of Concept and Vacuum Forming

To learn more about the POC process and vacuum forming, watch our video guides:

Proof of Concept Program Overview

Proof of Concept Program Example

What is Vacuum Forming?

Next Steps

Complete the form below to get started with your project, or contact us on 608-424-2524 or [email protected] with any additional questions.

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