Vacuum forming is oftentimes a critical factor for many package designers during their prototyping stage when exploring manufacturing methods. And just like the physical product it houses, package designers employ prototyping processes for a variety of packaging types to ensure that their design helps unify the full customer experience—or at least, properly fit the finished product so that it stays safe in transport.
As one of the most ubiquitous manufacturing methods for creating the packaging of various goods, vacuuming forming brings its own challenges to the table in terms of best practices including mold durability, draft angles, and part depth.
The Prototyping Packaging With Vacuum Forming and 3D Printed Molds Guide released recently by Formlabs captures some of these best practices which, whether you’re a package designer or not, are good reminders for
From part preparation and draft angles to mold types and draw ratios, this (short) free guide is worth a read—if only to brush up on the basics.
Read it in-full over at Formlabs.