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Posted by admin 04. 22. 16 2:10 pm
Many companies are opting for plastic parts over metal, and who could blame them. Plastic is less expensive and is cheaper to ship due to the lesser weight. Because of this, Thermoforming has become a popular molding method amongst customers. Thermoforming is great for people who want a quality plastic molding product but don’t necessarily have a high enough volume count or an investment budget.
At Cary Products, we offer thermoforming plastic molding as a more cost efficient method of producing your plastic product. However, there are still some questions that many may have about thermoforming as a whole. To help, we’ve put together a list of the top five frequently asked questions about thermoforming.
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1.) What is Thermoforming?
Thermoforming is the manufacturing of a plastic sheet that is heated and formed into a specific mold or product. Many items we use every day are products of thermoforming.
2.) What are the benefits of Thermoforming?
Thermoforming has many benefits. As stated above, is very cost efficient, especially if you don’t have a mass quantity of products that need to be molded. Also, plastic thermoforming has a shorter lead time which provides shorter production time and costs.
Thermoforming also gives you a lot of freedom in your design as you can use many different plastic sheets with patterns, textures and finishes.
3.) What are some customary thermoformed products?
A lot of plastic types work well with thermoforming. Because od this, a lot of products we all see and use every day are products of the thermoforming process. Here are a few thermoforming products:
- Disposable cups
- Containers and lids
- HVAC and MVAC parts
- Vehicle doors and panels
- Refrigerator liners
- Plastic pallets
- Utility vehicle beds
4.) What is the Thermoforming process?
First, a mold made out of metal, wood or resin and is mounted to the bed of the thermoforming machine. Depending on whether it is a thin-gauge or a thick-gauge, the plastic is fed into the machine. The plastic is then heated until it is near its melting point. Once the hot plastic is removed from the oven, it is lowered onto the product mold and vacuum pressured to remove air. Once is has cooled enough and sufficiently retains its shape, it is lifted off the mold and the excess plastic is cut from the edges.
5.) What are the stages of thermoforming?
There are usually 5 stages to thermoforming from start to finish. They include:
- Design –The customer submits the product design and our engineering team creates a 3-D mold.
- Prototyping – To help determine the best fit and function of the product, a porotype is created for testing purposes.
- Tooling – To ensure we have the right tooling available to complete your plastic molding order, we take inventory of our aluminum tooling as well as forming and trim fixtures.
- Production – Once materials are received, we begin manufacturing your product.
- Shipping – Once completed, your plastic products will be shipped and on their way to your designated destination.
Choose Cary Products for Your Thermoforming Plastic
At Cary Products, we offer custom thermoforming to help your company with every step of metal to plastic conversion from prototyping to production. Located in the United States, we are able to provide you with a faster turnaround that what you will not get from plastic molding companies that are outside of the country.
To learn more about thermoforming or to get a custom quote, contact us.