Soon I will be starting to design a vacuum formed storage tray for a client. The tray will have approx 60 identical pockets for the components to sit in, a stiffening edge lip, lid location points etc. I am not designing the forming tools and I am looking for tips on how to approach this. Should it be a surfacing job, I am a novice as regards surfacing, or start with a solid block and cut, sweep and pattern the form. Or should I look at mold tool design anyway?. I also need to find information on min bend radii and draft angles for the tray material, all suggestions welcome.
18 years ago