High Pressure Forming
Discover the “Niebling process”
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- Complex 3D decorative and functional plastic parts
- Enormous accuracy in shape and positioning
- Extensive flexibility in design and decoration
Explanation & Comparison Overview
During the Niebling HPF process, a film or laminate is initially heated to the glass transition temperature on both sides without contact. The material is then deformed at a pressure of around 100 bar (1,300 psi) over a tool, namely without contact on first surface. With the help of this technology, complex 3D geometries can be produced from plastic films and substrates. When shaping, printed symbols, graphics or patterns remain precisely positioned. This accuracy is a decisive advantage of the HPF process compared to conventional vacuum or thermoforming processes. HPF also has great advantages when processing matt or structured foils, since with conventional thermoforming matt films appear shiny and the process heat can damage textures or coatings. In addition, constant distortion that results from shaping can easily be compensated for by distortion printing.
High Pressure Forming (HPF) benefits at a glance
Comparison of HPF with traditional Vacuum- / Thermoforming
|High Pressure Forming (HPF)||Vacuum- / Thermoforming|
|Material temperature||Glass transition||Melting|
|Precision (3D-shape)||Very High||Less|
|Precision (positioning of symbols)||High||Less|
And this is how it works
High Pressure Forming – HPF by Niebling
Creating complex 3D components
High Pressure Forming is part of the Film Insert Molding (FIM) process, which enables fabrication of plastic parts with a decorated surface and integrated functionality. During this process, a plastic film, usually decorated with prints, is shaped and trimmed before being placed in an injection molding tool for one upt o three component injection molding.
Film Insert Molding – FIM by Niebling
FIM benefits at a glance
- Free design by precise alignment, fine lines and gradation
- Best scratch characteristics and chemical resistance for first surface
- Piano-black with deepness effect for high-class appearance without sagging
- Backlighting possibilities for symbols, graphics and pattern
- Integration of functionalities like touch, sliding and narrowing sensors
- Decoration of complex 3D-shaped part geometry
Have look on our applications section to see examples of high pressure formed FIM and IME parts, being part of mayn well-known products.