What is thermoforming?
What are the benefits of thermoforming?
What can thermoforming be used for?
There are so many frequently asked questions about thermoforming, because the general public really has no idea what thermoforming even is. So we at A.S.S.T. have decided to shed a little light on this often-confusing topic.
First of all, what is thermoforming?
Well, it is the overarching term used for the manufacturing process of producing plastic forms by manipulating a rigid, flat sheet of plastic under temperature and pressure. These sheets, known as thermoplastics, come in varying gauges depending on their intended purposes. Thermoforming also utilizes several different types of molds, including:
Machined Aluminum: Typically built for shallow molds with small draw ratios, these molds are mounted on a temperature control base to control temperature during the forming process.
Cast Aluminum: These molds are formed at a foundry, with the temperature controls cast into the back and sides of the mold. These are typically used for parts with large draw ratios.
Composite: These molds, which have a limited life, are for vacuum forming only and are not temperature controlled.
Next, what are the benefits of thermoforming?
Thermoforming is a cost-effective and efficient way to produce many plastic products.
Finally, what products can be made using thermoforming?
Thin-gauge thermoforming is the primary manufacturing process used to create disposable plastic cups, containers, lids, trays, etc. Thick-gauge thermoforming is used to make parts as diverse as vehicle doors and dashboards, refrigerator liners, and plastic pallets.
When you combine skilled craftsmen with technology and tools that are state of the art, the results are impressive.
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A.S.S.T.’s state-of-the-art plant is geared toward creating solutions for the commercial construction market. As a leader in solid surface fabrication A.S.S.T. builds beauty that lasts. We employ several techniques that we feel give us that competitive edge over other companies. One of those techniques is thermoforming