Our Capabilities

Tooling | Thermoforming | Secondary Services

We can boast quality among the best in the industry. Our SPEC and other quality programs mean our parts live up to your standards. In fact, we are a preferred supplier to Motorola and Snap-on Tools among many others. Quality is our most important attribute.

Speed

Speed

We build our own tools and machines and extrude our own material, which means we can design and develop faster, fix production problems faster, and ensure you meet your deadlines.

Customization

Customization

We provide a broad array of manufacturing capabilities. Whether your part calls for design, post-production machining, finishing, tooling manufacture, assembly or packaging, we can handle all your needs on-site. We’ll make all the components!

Quality

Quality

Quality is Global Thermoforming’s most important attribute. We take pride in delivering the best quality in our industry. We are constantly striving to improve. At Global Thermoforming, quality is everyone’s job.

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Customer Experience

Once your product is delivered, we will be by your side until it is fully integrated with your manufacturing processes. If complications occur, we are available within 24 hours to get it right and have your systems up and running.

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PRODUCE HIGHER QUALITY PARTS

What is Thermoforming?

Thermoforming is a manufacturing process where a plastic sheet is heated to a pliable forming temperature, formed to a specific shape in a tool/mold, and trimmed to create a usable product. The sheet, or “film” when referring to thinner gauges and certain material types, is heated in an oven to a high-enough temperature that permits it to be stretched into or onto a mold and cooled to a finished shape. Its simplified version is called vacuum forming.

Thermoforming differs from injection molding, blow molding, rotational molding and other forms of processing plastics. Thin-gauge thermoforming is primarily the manufacture of disposable cups, containers, lids, trays, blisters, clamshells, and other products for the food, medical, and general retail industries. Thick-gauge thermoforming includes parts as diverse as vehicle door and dash panels, refrigerator liners, utility vehicle beds and plastic pallets.

Design Prototyping

Design and Prototyping

Custom Tooling

Custom Tooling

Thermoforming

Thermoforming

Cutting

CNC Trimming

Secondary Services

Secondary Services

Measurement Quality Contorl

Measurement and Quality Control

Packaging

Packaging

Shipping

Shipping

CUSTOM TOOLING AND THERMOFORMING

Thick Gauge

BRIDGESTONE | GIBSON GUITARS | NISSAN | BOEING

CUSTOM TOOLING AND THERMOFORMING

Thin Gauge

GIGI’S CUPCAKES | SCOTTS MIRACLE GRO | GOO GOO CLUSTERS

IN-HOUSE CAPABILITIES

Secondary Operations

CNC TRIMMING | PRINTING | LABELING | PAINTING

APPLICATION OPPORTUNITIES

Industries We Serve

The ability to produce large parts with thin walls in a variety of shapes has led to the use of thermoforming in many diverse applications, including:

Aerospace

Aerospace Components

Medical

Medical Components

Bath

Bath & Shower Furnishings

Pools

Pools & Spas

Recreational

Recreational Vehicles Components

House

Sidings & Windows

Consumer

Consumer Products

Consumer

Consumer Products

Appliances

Appliances and Housewares

Car

Automotive Components

Appliances

Appliances and Housewares

Car

Automotive Components

Boat

Marine Components

Lawn

Lawn & Garden

Agriculture

Agricultural Components

HVAC

HVAC Components

Packaging Clams

Packaging Disposable Cups, Containers, Lids, Blisters, Clams

MATERIALS AND TOLERANCES

Materials We Use

Thermoforming allows you the option to use a wide variety of materials. Each material has its own unique capabilities, advantages and tolerances. This information will help you begin the process of deciding which material is right for your next project.

THICK | THIN

HDPE or HMWPE (Polyethylene)

Excellent impact and chemical resistance. Good cold temperature properties. Dimensionally not as stable as other materials.

THICK | THIN

ABS (Acrylonitrile butadiene)

Very common material. Good stiffness and impact strength. Available in a wide variety of colors and several textures. Available in UL94-V0 grades (Flame Retardant)
KYDEX | ROYALITE

THICK | THIN

PC (Polycarbonate)

Very high impact strength. Clear. High-temperature resistance

THICK | THIN

PVC (Polyvinyl chloride)

Rigid material. Very good impact strength.

THICK | THIN

PP (Polypropylene)

Excellent chemical resistance. Rigid, with very good impact strength. Good at higher temperatures. But dimensionally not as stable as other materials, similar to HDPE.

THICK

TPO (Thermoplastic Olefin)

Outstanding impact properties. Available with a high gloss finish. Good for outdoors applications. More difficult to form, especially deep draw shapes.

THICK

Acrylic

Water clear and abrasion resistant material. Easily fabricated. Available in impact modified grades.
Many colors available.

THICK | THIN

HIPS (High Impact Polystyrene)

Low cost, forms easily. Available in many colors. More brittle than ABS.

THICK

PEI (Polyetherimide, Ultem)

Very high-temperature grade material. Autoclavable. Natural amber color.

THICK | THIN

PETG (Polyethylene Terephthalate Glycol)

Clear, with excellent impact strength. Forms well.

Materials Tolerances Thermoforming

THIN AND THICK MATERIAL

Tolerances

Over time, accepted tolerances become industry standard. But if you need better-than-standard tolerances, just let us know. We’d be happy to help. As mold and part dimensions increase in size, so must tolerances.

Thick Gauge Material Tolerances

Activity Tolerance

Guideline

Formed Measurements+/- .020” | Additional .001 Per Inch Beyond 12”
Drilled Hole Diameters+/- .005” | Holes Equal or Lesser than 1”
Drilled Hole Diameters+/- .010” | Holes Greater Than 1” to 5”
Slots+/- .010” | Slots Equal or Lesser Than 1”in Any Direction
Slots +/- .020” | Slots Greater Than 1”
Assembly Tolerances+/- .010” | Additional .005 Per Inch Beyond 12”

Thin Gauge Material Tolerances

Activity Tolerance

Guideline

Formed Measurements

+/- .010” | Additional .001 Per Inch Beyond 12”

Die Cut Dimensions

+/- .010” | +/- .010” | Additional .001 Per Inch Beyond 12”

At Global Thermoforming Inc., we are a leader in Thermoforming Plastics and specialize in Tooling, Thermoforming, and Secondary CNC Trimming Services. Contact us with any questions about our Thermoforming Company and Services.
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WHERE SOLUTIONS ARE FORMED

TEMPE LOCATION

735 West Knox Road
Tempe, AZ 85284
P. 480-753-5680
F: 480-753-5681

NASHVILLE LOCATION

1631 Corporate Place
LaVergne, TN 37086
P: 615-641-7000
F: 615-641-7076

TEMPE LOCATION

735 West Knox Road
Tempe, AZ 85284
P. 480-753-5680
F: 480-753-5681

NASHVILLE LOCATION

1631 Corporate Place
LaVergne, TN 37086
P: 615-641-7000
F: 615-641-7076

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