Plastic Thermoforming Steps And Benefits
Most of the manufacturers prefer the use of thermoforming to produce plastic materials. There are different types of thermoforming process such as vacuum forming, press molding, drape molding, fabrication, and plastic thermoforming. Plastic thermoforming is where a flat plastic is transformed into a synthetic product. Various types of plastic are used in plastic thermoforming.
The selection of appropriate material is one of the primary factors to be considered in plastic thermoforming. The plastic material vary in characters such as strengths, weakness, and other features. You can only get the best products by using the ideal material for the product. What defines the character of the material is its stiffness, hardness, impact strength, thermal conductivity, chemical resistance among others.
The process of thermoforming starts with the design and development process. Clients submit the manufactures with the samples of their customized design. In ordinary cases they develop their designs. The second step material selection for the product. In material selection the client is involved. They choose a material that will enhance the appearance of the final product.
The third step is referred to as tooling which involves coming up with the mold that they will use to heat the plastic. The molds depend on the size of the material used for the project. When they find the best material, they mold the plastic using a process referred to as thermoforming. They apply the air pressure or the vacuum pressure to melt the plastic and form it using the mold. The plastic is then removed from the mold after cooling to retain its mold shape. It is then trimmed to create a more precise and flexible and desirable shape.
After the trimming the product is passed through secondary operations which include painting, silk-screening, shielding and installation of other hardware’s. There are many advantages of plastic thermoforming. The first advantage is that they have low molding cost. Thermorforming is less costly the larger the tools used in the process. It is time-saving as it takes ten to twelve weeks to complete the entire thermoforming process. It gives a chance to different wall thickness which satisfies the requirement of new products to the user. You can create any size of width you want.
You can come up with various kinds of designs and shapes as you like. The thermoforming process can use any plastic unlike other methods of production where they use specific plastic for production. Most industries gains from thermoforming products such as automotive industries as they use products like dashboards assemblies, seating parts, bumpers and air ducts. Business people gain through the use of plastic thermoformed products like computer and printer enclosers.