The truths about thermoforming
Thermoforming is our main speciality. It has been that way since the beginning. In time, we have become the best when it comes to pressure forming South West has. Our team manufactures at three separate spots all over the UK. As a result, we have no issue offering these services, and several others.
Thermoforming is one of the techniques you can use to make a part. Similar to other processes, there are a number of misunderstandings about it. What we want to do is clarify some of these and give you the truth.
One lie is that thermoforming is the ideal choice for everything that is not injection moulded. It is actually an injection moulding alternative. It can provide benefits in terms of multi-texturing, cosmetics, and colour. You are able to acquire the same cosmetic exterior features of any injection moulded part.
Thermoforming is also fantastic for bigger parts, especially when you think about the tooling costs. The process also suits production runs that span from the low to mid hundreds all the way up to the high thousands.
Some people say that thermoforming is only good for projects that don’t require part to part consistency or detail. This is also not true. Many people use robots for trimming. For them, the robots can hold tolerances to +/-0,005. As for formed features, they are able to have tolerances of +/- 0.020. If you require the highest quality pressure forming South West has, please speak to our team.
Equal tooling materials
Another misconception is that all tooling materials are equal. Temperature controlled aluminium tubing can provide longevity, repeatability, and quality. Then there are aluminium temperature controlled moulds. They let users run complex shapes or mix and match substances. Moulds made from this substance will be guaranteed for the life of production. They let you cool the tooling to the thousandth part from the first part.
The next lie is that thermoforming is unable to compete with injection moulding. However, as we said above, it offers a number of advantages. For one thing, tooling is not as costly. This is because you are using a cavity, one side of a core, and a one sided tool. Numerous materials are available to you as well. Any thermoplastic is going to work. Examples include ABS, polyethylene, polycarbonate, and polypropylene.
Contact us to get the best pressure forming in the South West
At Plastics By Design, we make use of 3D CAD work on our projects. This enables us to produce concept designs and then create prototypes quickly. From them comes a production tool. We carry out all the necessary assembly work too. Our team also takes responsibility for the project management.
If you ever need the greatest pressure forming South West has, please contact us. We can arrange everything for you.