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 part design where vacuum forming is concerned.

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.


Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.