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Heavy-Gauge Thermoforming Cuts Costs and Simplifies Processes

06/15/18

If you need a way to form plastics into molds or specific shapes, then heavy-gauge thermoforming is the best option for you. As a low-pressure process, heavy-gauge thermoforming uses less intricate tools to form products and doesn’t cost as much. Using a thin sheet of plastic, heavy-gauge thermoforming can make your products in different ways, depending on what you need created. It is through these processes that ThermoFlex designs and crafts your product.

Vacuum forming

One of the simpler processes involved with heavy-gauge thermoforming, vacuum forming takes a sheet of plastic and stretches it over a mold, vacuuming the sheet tight against the mold. This simple process means that vacuum forming can create almost any shape and repeat the process to make identical products again and again.

Fabrication forming

The cheapest and simplest of the heavy-gauge thermoforming processes, fabrication forming either bends or bonds the plastic sheet into a new shape. This means that there is almost no tooling cost and you can create any design that you want. If you need less precision, but still need the protection or use of a formed plastic, then fabrication forming is the process you need.

Heavy-gauge vs. In-line thermoforming

Although they use similar processes when forming products, heavy-gauge thermoforming and in-line thermoforming do vary. One large difference is that, at ThermoFlex, our in-line thermoformed products are fed off of a roll rather than sheet fed. This speeds up the process of forming the materials, which saves the client money, but it comes at the expense of sturdiness. So, unless you are making disposable trays and dunnage, then heavy-gauge thermoforming is still a cheap and simple way to make materials that will stay strong for multiple uses.

At ThermoFlex, we create all our thermoformed materials with a policy to deliver quality products and services. Offering custom solutions at an affordable rate, ThermoFlex can help you get started and finish your next plastics project.