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Plastic Heat bending

Plastic Heat Bending Services

Our Fulfilment House has the ability to create formed plastic POS additions like:

  • Pricing strips
  • Label holders
  • Shelf wobblers
  • Leaflet holders
  • Menu holders
  • Poster display holders
  • Countertop Information stands
  • Formed shelves and much more, from 0.2 to 6mm Plastic sheet creating folds up to 1.25m in length.

All the above come with a free consultation, quote, and schedule estimate. We also use a Gold Sample system to ensure satisfaction.

Heat bend services

Heat bend services

We create Samples that are:

  • Produced, QA’d, sent to you, and Signed off by you, to ensure full peace of mind before production gets turned up to 11.

Use this opportunity to contact us and ask the questions you have on 08000437707

If you need more information about heat bending and what you can use in the process, read on. It is not too technical, but it does give you the information so you can ask the right questions when considering designing products and heat bending the product to form.

What is heat bending?

The heat deflection temperature or heat distortion temperature (HDT, HDTUL, or DTUL) is the temperature at which a polymer or plastic sample deforms under a specified load. This property of given plastic material is applied in many aspects of product design, engineering, and manufacture of products using thermoplastic components.

A good video to watch to get a quick understanding of what we can do is linked here:

Shannon HRT 125 heat bender

What plastics can be heat bent?

Well, any thermoplastic as the name suggests. The four main ones and their pseudonyms are described below:


Polystyrene (PS) is a synthetic aromatic hydrocarbon polymer made from the monomer known as styrene. Polystyrene can be solid or foamed. General-purpose polystyrene is clear, hard, and rather brittle. It is an inexpensive resin per unit weight. It is a rather poor barrier to oxygen and water vapour and has a relatively low melting point. Polystyrene is one of the most widely used plastics. Polystyrene can be naturally transparent but can be coloured with colourants.

Uses include protective packaging (such as packaging (CD and DVD cases)), Containers, Stands, Place holders, trays, Menu stands, and many more commercial uses.

Polystyrene is a versatile plastic used to make a wide variety of consumer products too. … Polystyrene also is made into a foam material, called expanded polystyrene (EPS) or extruded polystyrene (XPS), which is valued for its insulating and cushioning properties.


Poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), also known as acrylicacrylic glass, or Perspex, as well as by the trade names CryluxPlexiglasAcryliteAstariglasLucitePerclax, and plexiglass, among several others (see below), is a transparent thermoplastic often used in sheet form as a lightweight or shatter-resistant alternative to glass. The same material can be used as a casting resin or in inks and coatings, among many other uses.

Although not a type of familiar silica-based glass, the substance, like many thermoplastics, is often technically classified as a type of glass (in that it is a non-crystalline vitreous substance) hence its occasional historical designation as acrylic glass. Chemically, it is the synthetic polymer of methyl methacrylate.

PMMA is an economical alternative to polycarbonate (PC) when tensile strength, flexural strength, transparency, polishability, and UV tolerance are more important than impact strength, chemical resistance, and heat resistance. Additionally, PMMA does not contain the potentially harmful bisphenol-A subunits found in polycarbonate. It is often preferred because of its moderate properties, easy handling and processing, and low cost. Non-modified PMMA behaves in a brittle manner when under load, especially under an impact force, and is more prone to scratching than conventional inorganic glass, but modified PMMA is sometimes able to achieve high scratch and impact resistance.

Polycarbonates (PC) are a group of thermoplastic polymers containing carbonate groups in their chemical structures. Polycarbonates used in engineering are strong, tough materials, and some grades are optically transparent. They are easily worked, moulded, and thermoformed. Because of these properties, polycarbonates find many applications. Polycarbonates do not have a unique resin identification code (RIC) and are identified as “Other”, 7 on the RIC list. Products made from polycarbonate can contain the precursor monomer bisphenol A (BPA).

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is a solid plastic material made from vinyl chloride. … Polyvinyl chloride is the world’s third-most widely produced synthetic plastic polymer

PVC comes in two basic forms: rigid (sometimes abbreviated as RPVC) and flexible. The rigid form of PVC is used commercially for signs and in profile applications such as Stands, Point of sale hangers and windows. It is also used in making non-food packaging, covering sheets, and cards (such as bank or membership cards). It can be made softer and more flexible by the addition of plasticizers, the most widely used being phthalates. In this form, it is also used in signage and Point of sale displays.

Pure polyvinyl chloride is a white, brittle solid. It is insoluble in alcohol but slightly soluble in tetrahydrofuran.

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