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.

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Spec sheet 686

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 provide 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

Oil free and requires minimal maintenance

Vacuum Flow Regulator

Precisely regulates vacuum flow rate when a greater level of control is required with demanding applications.

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
320mm / 12.6" 
Max Material Thickness
6mm / 0.25" 
Heating Zones
Heater type
960mm / 37.8" 
1165mm / 45.9" 
1932mm / 76.1" 
260kg / 573lbs 
Single Phase Power Requirements
208-240V / 40A 
Europe - 3 Phase Power Requirements
380-415V / 32A 
USA - 3 Phase Power Requirements
208-220V / 40A 
Power Consumption
Air Requirements
87 PSI / 6 bar 

Reducing Windows

Reduces forming area to utilise smaller sheets of material and minimise wastage. Standard or custom size.

Cooling Fan System

To cool formed material and shorten cycles times.

Reel Feed Unit

Assembly to hold reel materials. Suitable for the Formech 450DT, 508DT, 508FS and 686.

Heating Pyrometer

Sensor to provide accurate sheet temperature feedback and send heaters back upon reaching target temperature (except on the 686 and 1372 where it gives a digital readout). Emergency air storage tank supplies cooling continuity on shut-down to protect pyrometer.

Cooling Bolster

A water cooled plate to directly cool and regulate aluminium tool temperature for consistent and faster cycle times.

Mobility with Castors

6 locking wheels allow you to safely move the machine from one area to another.

Table Height Adjust

Table height adjust shortens the tool table travel when using shallow tools and reduces cycle time.

Vacuum Receiver Tank

A vacuum tank that provides instant stored vacuum, for high demanding materials and shortening cycle times.

Spare parts kit

A consumable parts kit typically including seals, elements, filter, fuses, toggle clamps.

Featured Customers

  • Brunel University (Education – UK)
  • Domus Academy (Education/Design – Italy)
  • Lockheed Martin (Aerospace – USA)
  • RAF (Royal Air Force – UK)
  • Mecachrome (Automotive – France)
  • Raytheon (Defence R&D – UK)
  • Revision Military (Defence R&D – USA)
  • Xerox (R&D – USA)
  • Wild Blue Tech – (Design – USA)
  • Jim Marshall Speakers – (Prototyping – USA)
  • Neurospin (Neuroimaging research – France)
  • UnternehmerTUM Lab GmbH / TechShop (Education - Germany)
  • Google (Electronics - USA)
  • Microsoft (Electronics - USA)
  • Chuck Steel Ltd (Film & Video - Special FX Props - UK)
  • SteriTouch Ltd (Hospital & Medical - UK)
  • Merit Medical Systems (Hospital & Medical - USA)
  • BioFire Defense (Hospital & Medical - USA)
  • Optimax (Optical Solutions - USA)
  • Kaleidoscope (Prototype Packaging - USA)
  • Pomat Peters (Sign Making - Nigeria)
  • Milan Cerny - Sklotex Plasty (Trade Former - Czech Republic)
  • Polyfoam Kautschuk GmbH (Trade Former - Germany)
  • Rhode Island School of Design (Education - USA)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Education - USA)
  • Institute of Design at Stanford (Education - USA)
  • Illinois Institute of Technology (Education - USA)
  • Savannah College of Arts & Design (Education - USA)
  • Art Center College of Design (Education - USA)
“I have always advocated the use and development of vacuum forming to students studying on the BA Technical Effects for Performance and would be lost without the input of the team at Formech… We use and experiment with a wide variety of thermo plastics and even create forms without making a rigid mould.”
Caroline Gardiner, course leader of BA (Hons), Technical Effects for Performance London College of Fashion

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