As a top plastic manufacturer, we provide some of the highest quality services for thermoforming plastics. Our thermoforming process, 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 other top companies in the United States. Quality and consistency is our most important attribute.
At Global Thermoforming, we build our own thermoforming tools, thermoforming machines and extrude our own material, which means we can design and develop faster, fix production problems faster, and ensure you meet your deadlines.
At Global Thermoforming, we provide a broad array of plastic manufacturing capabilities. Whether your part calls for design, post-production machining, finishing, tooling manufacture, assembly or thermoformed packaging, we can handle all your needs on-site. We’ll make all the components!
At Global Thermoforming, quality is the most important attribute of our thermoforming company. We take great pride in delivering the best quality in the thermoforming industry. We are constantly striving to improve.
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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Thermoforming is a manufacturing process that a plastic manufacturer uses to heat up a plastic sheet to a pliable forming temperature, then 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.
QUALITY PLASTIC MANUFACTURING
CLIENTS: BRIDGESTONE | GIBSON GUITARS | NISSAN | BOEING
Global Thermoforming specializes in thick gauge thermoforming with capabilities of forming up to 1” thick. We’ve formed all types of thermoforming plastics in our industry and have helped our customers form their ideas into solutions they never dreamed of.
CLIENTS: GIGI’S CUPCAKES | SCOTTS MIRACLE GRO | GOO GOO CLUSTERS
Thin-gauge thermoforming is plastic manufacturing of disposable cups, containers, lids, trays, blisters, clamshells, and other products for the food, medical, and general retail industries.
IN-HOUSE CAPABILITIES: CNC TRIMMING | PRINTING | LABELING | PAINTING
As a top plastic manufacturer, Global Thermoforming provides a variety of custom plastic packaging and secondary operations, including CNC trimming, assembly, printing, painting, and drape forming.
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, for many industries including:
MATERIALS AND TOLERANCES
Thermoforming and plastic manufacturing 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.
Excellent impact and chemical resistance. Good cold temperature properties. Dimensionally not as stable as other materials.
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
Rigid material. Very good impact strength. Flame retardant. Limited availability.
Excellent chemical resistance. Rigid, with very good impact strength. Good at higher temperatures. But dimensionally not as stable as other materials, similar to HDPE.
Outstanding impact properties. Available with a high gloss finish. Good for outdoors applications. More difficult to form, especially deep draw shapes.
Water clear and abrasion resistant material. Easily fabricated. Available in impact modified grades. Many colors available.
Low cost, forms easily. Available in many colors. More brittle than ABS.
Very high-temperature grade material. Autoclavable. Natural amber color.
THIN AND THICK MATERIAL
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.
|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”|
+/- .010” | Additional .001 Per Inch Beyond 12”
Die Cut Dimensions
+/- .010” | +/- .010” | Additional .001 Per Inch Beyond 12”
In this article, we will provide an overview of how thermoforming and injection molding compare with each other and take a closer look at key differences in particular areas, such as production times and costs.