When you look at different types of thermoformed plasti […]
When you look at different types of thermoformed plastic sheets, you will find that there are many different brands and manufacturers, and the sheet and thickness vary. Generally, two different basic types of sheets are used in this process-thin gauge sheet and thick gauge sheet, each with its purpose. When choosing a sheet for a thermoforming project, make sure you know which sheet is the best choice for you. The following differences should help make it easier for you to choose the right product.
Thin spec sheet
If the thickness of the sheet is less than 1.5 mm, the sheet is usually from a plastic roll. The plastic passes through a roller system that determines the thickness of the gauge. The biggest use of thin gauge plastic sheets comes from those who seek disposable packaging for their products.
Sheets can undergo many different types of thermoforming processes, such as vacuum forming, to produce packaging. Depending on the thickness of the gauge used, you can create a rigid or semi-rigid package. The thicker the specification, the more rigid the package or product.
Thick gauge boards are thermoformed plastic boards with a thickness greater than 3 mm. Some papers can reach 500 mm! In most cases, the sheet is cut to size before being thermoformed. Those who use thicker sheets often make permanent items rather than disposable packaging. You can find these thick plastic pieces in various places, such as in shower rooms, electronics, cars and even medical equipment.
Using larger-sized thermoformed plastic plates usually requires some manual operation after the product is removed from the mold. You may need to trim the product, drill, cut or add finishes to the product. Unlike disposable plastics, they are permanent (or at least semi-permanent), so it is important to make them look the best.
In some industries, plastic plates with different thicknesses may be required. Some companies may want paper thicknesses between 1.5 mm and 3 mm, and it is possible to find them. No matter what specifications you need, no matter what type of product you are producing, you should be able to find the thermoformed board that best fits your product size.
Different sizes but the process remains the same
Whether you use thick or thin gauge paper, you will find that the process of creating plastic products is the same. The sheet passes over the mold, is heated, and then forms a mold. They then undergo a cooling process. For larger and thicker sheets, vacuum forming is the most common process.
Find the best choice for the type of product you want to create and start the thermoforming process.