A vacuum former is a machine that is used to shape plastic or other materials into a desired form. It works by heating a sheet of plastic until it becomes pliable, and then using a vacuum to pull the hot plastic down over a mold. The mold is typically made of wood, metal, or another hard material, and has a negative impression of the final product.
Vacuum formers are commonly used in a variety of industries, including packaging, automotive, and toy manufacturing. They are particularly useful for producing large quantities of plastic parts with consistent dimensions and high levels of detail. They are also relatively simple to operate, making them a popular choice for small businesses and prototyping applications.