Thermoforming

Thermoforming is a process of heating thermoplastic sheet and placing it over a mold until cooled. The thickness of the material determines whether the manufacturing process uses rolled sheets (thin gauge) or pre-cut stacked sheets (heavy gauge).  Thin gauge material is dominant in the disposable packaging sector, especially in the retail markets.  Heavy or thick gauge material is commonly used as permanent components in such things as refrigerators, automobiles and spas to name a few.

Materials – PVC, PET and PETG are the most commonly used materials.

Engineering and Prototypes – Our multiple years of design experience has given us an advantage and often we advise clients of the best options for their applications.  Using cutting-edge manufacturing techniques, our engineers will advise on material, process, and design to ensure the outcome is the most economical and efficient product. 

Equipment – Our In-line Pressure/Vacuum Forming Machine is engineered to produce high volume quality parts from a variety of materials.  The material moves through the heating section into the forming section where pressure and/or vacuum forces the material onto the mold.  The process continues to the next station where the forms are die-cut. 

Generally, vacuum forming refers to all sheet forming methods.  Pressure aids vacuum forming with the addition of pressure to push the material into the mold.  The added pressure of this process provides greater detail and textured surfaces in the end product.  Creating sharp corners is possible with pressure added during the forming process.

Our Specialty – Our primary focus in thermoforming is clamshell packaging, but we also provide packaging trays and blister packs

Benefits of Thermoforming
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