Plastics and Heat-Forming


You can always ask staff members for help or refer to our Plastics and Heat-Forming Guide.

What is Vacuum Forming?

Vacuum forming is a simplified version of thermoforming, where a sheet of plastic is heated to a forming temperature, stretched onto a single-surface mold, and forced against the mold by a vacuum.

Our Heat-Forming Machines

Heat-Forming machines are available at both IRL locations.

Large Format Vacuum Former

Desktop Vacuum Former

Foam Cutters

Provided Materials

Various Styrofoams


Plastic Sheets for Vacuum Forming


No software is required for heat-forming machines.

Machine Instructions

Need help getting started with plastics and heat-forming? Check out our Plastics and Heat-Forming Guide.

Example Projects

See what these machines can do.