Formtech 686 – Vacuum former

Featuring a power table, Formech’s 686 makes light work of the most demanding applications.

Pre-stretch provides a more uniform material thickness for deep moulds whilst auto-level signals to the user the material is ready to form.

Rapid response quartz heaters with 6 independently controllable zones provides accurate heat control for consistent, high definition results.

Intuitive colour touch screen interface and 20 nameable presets provide ultimate user convenience and ease of use.


Tips & Tricks

The difference between male and female tooling.


 The Vacuum former is not directly bookable, so to use it you must come by the office 5.153 first


5″ Colour HMI /PLC Interface with Memory Function

Mitsubishi integrated PLC/HMI with 5″ colour touch screen control and 20 programmable presets.

Quartz Heaters with Variable Standby

Quartz heaters have the benefit of a rapid response and high efficiency resulting in time and energy savings.

6 Independently Controllable Heating Zones

Six heating zones and quartz heaters provides rapid heat response with a greater range of control to form challenging shapes and materials

Power Table

Lifts tool table quickly and precisely making effortless operation, even with heavy tools. Twin controls avoid accidental activation.


Pre-stretch enables the user to pump air into the heated sheet, creating a bubble to avoid thinning of material with deeper tools.


Avoids material sag during the heating cycle and maintains an even distance between heater and sheet whilst providing the user with an audible indication the material is ready to form.

Vacuum Gauge

A visual indication of consistent vacuum pressure being applied (pressure in Hg / bar).

Dry rotary vane pump 16m3 / hr

Forming area (mm/inches) 646 x 620mm / 25.5 x 24.5″
Sheet Size (mm/inches) 686 x 660mm / 27 x 26″
Max depth of draw 325mm / 12.8″
Max Material Thickness 6mm / 0.25″
Heating Zones 6
Heater type Quartz
Width 960mm / 37.8″
Height 1170mm / 46.1″
Depth 1800mm / 70.9″
Weight 260kg / 573lbs