What is Thermoforming?
Thermoforming is a manufacturing process where a plastic sheet is heated to a pliable forming temperature, formed to a specific shape in a mold, and trimmed to create a usable product. The sheet, or "film" when referring to thinner gauges and certain material types, is heated in an oven to a high-enough temperature that it can be stretched into or onto a mold and cooled to a finished shape.
METHOD houses four shuttle and rotary thermoforming machines that take sheets up to 104" x 121". Our thermoformers enable us to complete various forming processes efficiently, at either low or high volumes. This includes; vacuum, vacuum snapback, free, pressure, plug assist, twin sheet, matched die and billow.
We work with the following materials regularly; however, we can thermoform using any material in the industry. Some examples are:
ABS, PS, PVC, PC, PET, PETG, PMMA, PE, HDPE, UHMWPE, PP, TPO, TPU and EVA.
Common brands are Royalite, Boltaron, Kydex and Sintra. Other considerations are virgin or reground (utility), fire rating, food grade certification and UV resistance level.
For more information on our thermoforming service please contact METHOD at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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