Selecting a material for thermoforming
When it comes to thermoforming, you need to select the right material for the job. This will depend on the needs of your project. You should think about physical properties along with the best applications for the material. As the top provider of pressure forming South West England has, we can help you to choose materials. You can therefore be confident your product will have the right properties.
In this article, you can learn about some of the more common materials people use for thermoforming.
High-Impact Polystyrene (HIPS)
This is a great choice when you need a material with good levels of impact resistance at a lower cost. It has fantastic machinability and dimensional stability. Also, it reacts well to glue and paint from secondary operations. In addition it looks great and comes in a range of colours. It is a really common choice for prototype parts and housings. You can also use it for low strength structural components.
Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS)
This is another material with great impact resistance and machinability that responds well to glue and paint in secondary operations. It is functional in a variety of temperatures, strong, stiff, and relatively low cost. It is great in terms of aesthetics, offering a choice of colour as well as texture. You can use ABS for seating, OEM or automotive components, and more.
Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
PVC has chemical and corrosion resistance. It is also self-extinguishing and low cost. In addition it is able to withstand impact and extreme temperature. Some uses for it are packaging, drain pans, and housings.
High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE)
HDPE is ideal when you need something that is non-toxic and lightweight. It also has great corrosion, chemical, and impact resistance. On top of this it works well in cold temperatures and has low moisture absorption. It is a popular choice for storage bins, battery trays, and UTV roof components.
Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)
This is a lightweight material that is recyclable and low cost with good clarity. Some of the best uses for it include packaging, trays, signs and retail displays.
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