Thermoforming is an extremely convenient process for forming plastic sheets both owing to its cost-effective nature and the impeccable results achieved. It is the ideal processing for products with a short life cycle, or linked to seasonability.
Thermoforming can be used to process ABS, PST, PETG, PMMA, PC, PETG, ASA and various other high-tech materials.
The sheet is heated to a certain temperature and then laid onto a mould for adhesion, thanks also to vacuum. The shape obtained is subsequently cooled, and introduced into dedicated containers for the subsequent 5-axis CAD CAM cutting phase.
The advantages, with respect, for instance, to injection moulding, lie in the possibility of using practically any type of plastic material, to obtain minimum thicknesses and also highly complex surfaces, with reliefs and grooves which would be impossible to achieve using any other method.
Compared with injection moulding, it also makes it possible to make small product runs, which are ideal for sectors such as fashion, lighting and medical rehabilitation.