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Thermoforming

Thermoforming is the process of heating a thermoplastic sheet to its softening point which is then held horizontally over a mold and pressed into or stretched over the mold using vacuum pressure, air pressure, or mechanical force. The softened sheet conforms to the shape of the mold and is held in place until it cools. By using the thermoforming technique, elaborate and  complex moldings are able to be produced.

Vacuum Forming

Vacuum forming is a process in which a thermoplastic sheet is heated, stretched around a mold or into a pattern, and then conformed to the mold by applying vacuum pressure between the mold surface and the plastic sheet. Because heating is involved in the vacuum forming process it is considered a form of thermoforming.

*****We encourage you to browse through our gallery and take a look at our extensive and diverse selection of thermoformed products. And we will work with YOU to meet your specific custom thermoforming demands