What is thermoforming process?

Thermoforming is a plastic molding technique that results in a variety of highly usable products. During this manufacturing process, thin plastic sheets are heated in order to make them easy to manipulate. Once a sheet reaches a pliable temperature, it is formed over a male or female mold.

What is the best plastic for thermoforming?

Plastic materials for thermoforming

  • ABS. Outstanding impact resistant low cost plastic, easy to machine, and thermoform.
  • Acrylic. Outstanding strong, stiff, clear plastic available in a variety of brilliant colors and finishes.
  • CAB.
  • EVA.
  • Expanded PVC.
  • High Impact Polystyrene.
  • KYDEX┬« Thermoplastic Sheet.
  • Noryl┬«

Where does thermoforming plastic come from?

Most polymers are formed by processing crude oil but they can be made from both natural and synthetic resources. They are sold as sheets , films, bars , rods , granules and tubes .

Where is thermoforming used?

The modern food supply chain uses many forms of thermoformed articles. Meat Trays, Microwave & Deep Freeze Containers, Ice Cream and Margarine Tubs, Delicatessen Tubs, Snack Tubs, Bakery and Patisserie packaging, Sandwich Packs and Vending Drink Cups are just a few of the food related applications.

What products use thermoforming?

What are thermoformed containers?

Thermoforming is the process used to create custom plastic designs. To develop a thermoformed design, the packaging team stretches a heated sheet of plastic over a mold to create a one-of-a-kind design. After the packaging design cools into the shape of the mold, the packaging team will trim and assemble the design.

Can PETG be thermoformed?

PETG Plastic PETG (polyethylene terephthalate glycol-modified) plastic is a variation of PET plastic. PETG plastic can be molded during thermoforming for blister packaging and trays.

Can acetate be thermoformed?

Because acetate film and sheets soften easily at higher temperatures, it is ideal for thermoforming and heat sealing applications.

Can PVC be thermoformed?

Polyvinyl chloride is most widely known for the rigid PVC pipe used in plumbing and water infrastructure systems. Twin sheet forming is the most complex polyvinyl chloride thermoforming method because it requires two sheets of plastic to be heated and shaped at the same time, then fitted and fused together.

Which polymers are thermoforming?

Thermoforming Plastic

  • Polythene HDPE (high density): Milk crates, buckets, plates.
  • Polythene LDPE (low density): Food packaging, carrier bags, washing up and shampoo bottles.
  • Polypropylene PP: Syringes, reusable food containers.
  • High impact polystyrene HIPS: Casing on vacuum cleaners, radios etc.

What are the different types of custom thermoformed plastic trays?

Some commonly used custom thermoformed plastic trays are as follows: Custom dunnage trays are used to ship multiple parts in an organized manner. They are easy to load & unload, nestable, re-usable and an efficient packaging option Heavy gauge trays are used to handle sensitive materials and components.

What is elsepack thermoformed trays?

Elsepack thermoformed trays is a kind of simple thermoformed packaging, they are also known as vacuum formed trays. Elsepack thermoformed trays are designed with a flat bottom, or easy open plastic blister tray, or specific shapes for placing individual components as dunnage trays, in-process trays, and thermoformed parts trays.

What is a thermoformed blister tray?

Elsepack thermoformed trays are designed with a flat bottom, or easy open plastic blister tray, or specific shapes for placing individual components as dunnage trays, in-process trays, and thermoformed parts trays.

What factors affect the quality of thermoformed trays?

Other factors include resiliency, wash-ability, and resistance to ultraviolet rays from the sun. Cavities in the thermoformed trays ensure that there is a proper fit and the items are in stable condition.