What is thermoforming?
Well, thermoforming is the process of heating and molding temperature-sensitive materials to create a new, usable product. This process uses sheets of a polymer called thermoplastic, which is heated to increase pliability. Once the desired level of heat is met, the material is molded by one of three methods:
Vacuum Thermoforming: the sheet of material is laid on a concave mold and pulled inward to adhere to the shape of the mold with vacuum pressure. Tiny holes in the mold provide the suction, without affecting the shape of the finished product
Pressure Thermoforming: the sheet is laid on a convex mold shape and pressed down on the mold
Mechanical Thermoforming: uses a machine to press the sheet into a concave mold with a convex mold, pressing the sheet between the two molds.
Once the thermoplastic cools, it once again becomes extremely hard. Common products made by thermoforming include bathtubs, shower stalls and boat hulls.
A.S.S.T. and Thermoforming
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