In vacuum or thermoforming, materials are as important […]
In vacuum or thermoforming, materials are as important as the mold. If lower quality plastic sheets are used, the final product may be damaged. The color of the paper can be uneven and inconsistent. Unpredictable melting may occur, resulting in uneven thickness. Longer curing and drying times can increase operating time and increase manufacturing costs. In other words, having the best vacuum formable plastic sheet will always produce the best finished product.
In short, vacuum forming is a simplification and simplification of thermoforming. When vacuum forming, a hot, soft plastic sheet can be stretched over or inside the mold. The conformable sheet adapts to the shape of the mold by applying a vacuum cleaner to ensure that the plastic fills the mold firmly. Once the sheet is formed, the vacuum is released with the plastic sheet that is now formed.
Vacuum forming is a simple and inexpensive method of operation that is well suited for prototyping and low-performance parts manufacturing. It is also a great way to make shallower molds without increasing the operating costs associated with thermoforming. The latest technological advances allow deeper molds to be used for vacuum forming, provided the moldable sheet has a higher quality and is mechanically stretched before being applied to the mold.
When choosing materials for your project, molded plastics are ideal. Vacuum formable plastic sheets, generally made of PVC (polyvinyl chloride), are specifically designed for vacuum forming or thermoforming processes. They can withstand heat without melting or breaking down. They are also highly valued for their ease of processing and are cheaper than other laminates. Be sure to choose a plastic or PVC board that meets your specific requirements, such as thickness, color, surface texture, and overall dimensions. Find a product that provides precise gauge control and consistent color as well as batch-to-batch traceability. In this way, there are no differences between manufacturing runs.
Both vacuum molded / thermoformed plastic sheets benefit from many applications. Kiosk and ATM production includes external plastic structures that safely house sophisticated internal institutions and have a branded aesthetic. Because the moldable sheet is highly customizable, medical device housings and electronic device housings can be properly mounted for a precise fit and adequate protection. On a smaller scale, electrical components are an ideal application due to the inherent flame retardancy of conformable plastic laminated materials.
If you are considering choosing to manufacture a small number of molded parts or experimenting with prototypes, vacuum forming / thermoforming with vacuum-formable plastic sheets is a good option. Although the manufacturing process itself is simple, choosing an industry proven moldable sheet will provide high performance durability without affecting your bottom line. Be sure to choose a high-quality formable plastic sheet that meets the requirements of your next project; you will always have a consistent and reliable end product.