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Discover the difference with Iconic's PF1 Pressure Former: Insights from Shae Chauhan, Dental Tech and Thermoforming Aficionado

Shae Chauhan, an expert in thermoforming and a super user of Iconic materials, provides valuable insights into the differences between pressure forming and vacuum forming. Shae also highlights why the Iconic PF1 pressure former, stands out as an exceptional choice for dental professionals.

Shae Chauhan with the DB Lab Supplies Team at DTS 2024

The Pressure Forming Advantage

Accuracy and Fit:

One of the foremost advantages of pressure forming over vacuum forming is its unparalleled accuracy. Unlike vacuum formers that pull from below, pressure formers exert a positive force from above, ensuring a tighter and more precise fit. This method excels at reaching all embrasures, making it ideal for creating high quality aligners, retainers, sports mouthguards, BRA’s, & dual laminate mouthguards The result is a superior fit that enhances patient comfort and treatment outcomes.


Despite its compact size, the PF1 delivers the same high pressure as larger more expensive machines, (operating pressure 3 to 8 bar), making it a cost-effective solution for all sizes of dental laboratories. Its affordability does not compromise its capability, ensuring all dental professionals have access to the best pressure forming technology.


User-Friendly Design:

The PF1 is designed with simplicity in mind. Being an analogue machine, it eliminates the complexity of digital controls, making it incredibly quick and easy to operate.

Practical Applications and Versatility

Ease of Setup:

Setting up the PF1 is hassle-free. It accommodates all standard sizes of blanks—120mm, 125mm round, or 5” squares. The process is intuitive; all Iconic thermoforming materials have heating times provided in their IFU’s, for ease of operation.

Compact and Quiet:

Despite its powerful capabilities, the PF1 operates quietly and has a compact footprint, making it a seamless addition to any dental lab.

Specialist Insights from Shae Chauhan

Shae Chauhan shares personal preferences and experiences with Iconic materials. “I always used Iconic Original, but I was very impressed with Lux and Align. Align has now become my favourite material due to its excellent elasticity & retention, ensuring no deformation in the mouth or on the model when removed.”

Learning and Experimentation

DB Lab Supplies offers comprehensive thermoforming courses tailored for all dental professionals. These courses provide hands-on experience using the PF1 and various Iconic materials, allowing participants to test and understand the full potential of these products. Shae emphasises the importance of using finishing products to achieve the best results, all of which can be explored during these courses.


The Iconic PF1 pressure former from DB presents a game-changing tool for dental professionals, combining accuracy of fit, value for money, and ease of use. Shae Chauhan’s expert insights and experiences highlight why this machine is a must-have for any modern dental lab. Whether you're fabricating aligners, crafting precise nightguards, or creating robust sports mouthguards, the PF1 ensures top-quality results with minimal fuss.


For those eager to elevate their pressure forming and thermoforming skills, attending Iconic’s training courses is a step towards excellence and innovation in dental care.

To learn more, enrol on the next available course or to book a demo, call the team on 01535 656999, or email sales@dbortho.co.uk.


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