Thermoforming Plastics

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Thermoforming Plastics

Thermoforming Plastics


Thermo-forming is defined as a modern process in which a sheet of plastic is heated to a flexible shape, and turned into a specific form, and altered to make a functional item for usage. The piece, or "coat" when referring to thinner gauges and particular types of material is heated in an oven to a high-enough high temperature that it can be stretched into or onto a style and chilled to a refined contour. (Gruenwald, 2004)


In other words it is a process of changing the thermo-plastic sheets into the multi-dimensional contour by clamping the sheet in a casing, heating it to make it pliable and pourable. Then applying differential pressure to make the piece conform to the contour of a pattern or die sited below the casing. (Florian, 2006)

There are various types of thermo-forming which are listed below:






Twin Sheet

Matched Die




General Classes in Thermo-forming:

There are mainly two common classes in thermo-forming, thin thermoforming and thick thermo-forming. The classes are categorized on the basis of thickness of sheet. The usage of these categories is also different. For illustration thin thermo-forming are usually used in packaging which are to be disposed whereas thick thermo-forming are used with permanent packaging for the reason that of its thickness attribute. There are still other classes of thermo-forming and some to name are vacuum forming, twin-sheet forming and so on. (Gruenwald, 2005)

Thermo-forming in its simplest form took its category as vacuum forming and the application of vacuum forming is in various daily usages like automobile's dashboards, speakers and so on. The formation of microproducts which is nothing but final products produced in the range of micrometer using the above technology or method is coined as the procedure of micro thermo-forming. The method takes it usage among various branches. Some to name in this direction are life science branch where films of micro levels are made, in tissue engineering branch for research activities to be carried out and so on.

In the current scenario with modern technology development and awareness, the utilization of thermoforming is increasing rapidly with the technology which is used with thermo-forming process is also getting rapidly improved which further results into better quality of produced goods with accurate heating and high efficiency level (Throne, 2008).


Thermo-forming is secondary critical method, main procedure which makes the film or sheet. Thermo-plastics can only be thermo-formed, since the extruded sheet ...