Plastic Thermoforming/Vacuum Forming Sheet and Vinyl Wrapping:

Thermoforming/Vacuum Forming: Thermoforming or Vacuum Forming is a method of processing thermoplastic sheet or film into a formed part. A thermoplastic is a polymer that can be melted or softened when heated and hardened when cooled. This type of plastic can be reheated and reformed over and over. This characteristic allows it to be recyclable. First the sheet is heated in an oven. Once the plastic sheet is heated, it becomes pliable. Depending on the material type and thickness the amount of heat will vary. After the sheet reaches the optimal forming temperature, the sheet is formed to the mold utilizing vacuum or pressure. Pressure must be maintained until the sheet cools. Once the formed sheet is cooled, the part is complete and can be removed from the mold. Excess material is then trimmed by CNC to provide the finished product. Thermoforming achieves a comparable product to injection molding at a fraction of the tooling expense, utilizing equivalent materials.

Key Benefits

The plastic sheet stock is available in a wide variety of specifications so that we may tailor its performance to your needs. Surface textures and colored finishes are available in a wide range of materials including, but not limited to:

Thermoforming with two single sheet shuttle thermoformers with a maximum impression of 5’ x 7’ to 6’ x 9’ with 24 to 42 inch draw capability for inexpensive tooling costs across a wide variety of materials finishes.

The Vinyl Wrapping Process:
In this procedure, a sheet of vinyl is heated and stretched to cover a substrate that has been treated with a heat sensitive adhesive. This provides a “premium soft touch” feel.

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