10. Forming

Forming of materials takes place when one or more materials are laminated together (laminated) in sheet form and compressed in a mould (typically two plates of metal that have been machined to create a cavity and core).


Once pressed by means of heat from the mould or to the material (pre forming), or both, results in a form that resembles the mould, albeit represented by the materials pressed.


EVA forming, Heat formed laminates (other than EVA).


Low to high volume. Low tooling investment.


Simple form factor, with edges that typically need to be concealed to hide the layers of material. Low recycling ability when laminated with other materials due to adhesives used.


Low to high volume, although depends on form factor


Softer forms than EVA achieved. Create forms with more undercut due to flexibility.