FAQ - ThermoPro

FAQ

Inexpensive Tooling
Prototypes and permanent molds are substantially less expensive than injection molds.

Better Physical Properties In Finished Part
In thermoforming, the heated sheet is virtually stress free compared to other polymer manufacturing methods. When properly formed, the sheet is stretched at the forming temperature before it is cooled against the mold. This sets up a very minimum of internal stress in the finished part.

Ability To Take Advantage Of Multiple Layer Sheet Material
Thermoforming technology makes full use of multiple layer sheet material. Decorative and/or weather resistant caps can be applied to the extruded sheet prior to forming.

This combines a strong impact resistant substrate with a functional and highly cosmetic surface.

Pressure Forming Fine Detail
A thermoforming process similar to Vacuum Forming, with a pressure assist forcing the material to conform to every detail of the mold.

Ability To Form Very Large Parts
Relative to other processing methods, part sizes up to 5 ft x 8 ft (1.524 x 2.44 m) can be thermoformed easily and economically.

Vacuum Forming is a generic term for the process of producing plastic parts from a flat sheet of plastic under temperature and pressure. Vacuum Forming offers close tolerances, tight specifications, and sharp detail. When combined with advanced finishing techniques, high-technology vacuum forming results in products comparable to those formed by injection molding. Vacuum Formed parts have replaced many parts previously manufactured from wood, paper, glass, fiberglass and metal.
 
It is a thermoforming process similar to Vacuum Forming, with a high pressure air assist. Pressure Forming provides greater definition of part, comparable to injection molded parts with much lower tooling costs.
 
Sharp, crisp detail with close tolerances can be achieved. Undercuts, formed-in texture, formed-in logos, formed-in hardware, and custom colors are just a few of the many features that can be accomplished with thermoforming.
 
60” x 96” Maximum.
We will be most cost efficient in part runs between 100 and 5,000. We will also be more competitive in higher volumes if the part size is larger.
 
Parts can be produced in ABS, Polyethylene, Styrene, Acrylic, PETG, TPO, Polycarbonate, PVC and other engineered plastics.
  • Drape forming, a simple method where a heated plastic sheet is manually draped onto a mold.
  • Secondary assembly, such as riveting, fastening and adhesive bonding.
  • Plastic fabrication: With our high tech routers and our experience in gluing and bonding, we can make high quality finished parts.
  • Vinyl printing: We can apply the same HP Latex printing technology used in superior-quality vehicle wraps to customize your products.
Much less time is required than with injection molded products. Production can often start within 6 weeks after design approval.
 
 

Ready to find a reliable Thermoforming partner?

thermopro-logo-non-iso

Thermopro was founded in 1992. We have provided thermoformed parts in office products, recreational vehicles, medical devices, scientific instruments, home products, kiosks and retail displays, and transportation.

keep in touch

1600 Cross Pointe Way, Suite D
Duluth GA 30097

  • Toll Free: 800.523.5542
  • Tel: 678.475.1647
  • Fax: 678.475.1747
Scroll to Top