A soft forming and post forming machine bends laminate and veneer in order to provide various wood-based items with smooth, continuous edges. The softforming process involves the bending or shaping of a decorative overlay over a wood core (usually chipboard or a wood substitute such as MDF). The slightly different process of postforming involves the bending or shaping of fully-cured, C-stage thermostat laminates that have been heated over a mould before being cooled. A modern post forming machine can usually perform both processes.
- Used in the wood manufacturing industry
- Gluing of coating material, which is in the form of strips
- Also suitable for irregular edges
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Postforming machines are edge banding machines that fold veneer and laminate strips to create aesthetically pleasing finishes to wooden items such as furniture, worktops and posts. This ensures there are no sharp edges or joins, making cleaning, upkeep and general care easier. With the use of the postforming process, manufacturers can create almost entirely closed surfaces. Other production methods result in edges that are glued separately, creating a join that is susceptible to water, dirt and damage.
HOMAG & LIGMATECH Soft forming and post forming machine in operation