Customized various types any color abs vacuum formed plastic cover
Thermoforming is, at its core, the process of taking a sheet of
plastic material, heating it up until its pliable, and forming it
to a three-dimensional shape, then trimming and finishing it into a
usable product. Here’s how the process works.
Every thermoforming project starts out with a design. Usually,
thermoformed plastic is used as a part of a larger product. Often
(though certainly not always), it’s the outer protective and
aesthetic covering for a piece of equipment. Whatever it’s being
used for, most thermoformed products start out as a CAD model or
drawing. Often, when our customers come to us with a CAD file, our
engineers work with the customer to refine the model into a shape
that will work well with our plastics manufacturing process.
After the final designs are ready, we work with our customers to
select the right material for their project. ABS plastic is the
most widely used plastic material for thermoforming, but there are
quite a few other options that can be selected for either aesthetic
or functional reasons, including fire-rated and high heat
materials. Every material has unique physical properties and
benefits, and thermoforming also allows for a selection of colored
and textured materials that can greatly enhance the appearance of
the final product.
The next step in the thermoforming process is the creation of the
mold that the plastic will be heated to, commonly called tooling.
Our thermoforming process uses aluminum molds. Depending on the
size and complexity of the materials being used in the project,
it’s often possible to combine several individual parts into a
single mold, reducing tooling costs, material costs and production
times. Our large scale thermoforming capabilities make this a
compelling option for many Ray Products customers.
Once the materials are selected and the tooling has been created,
the next step is to actually form the plastic to the mold. This is
done by first heating the plastic sheet to a pliable temperature,
then shaping it to the mold using vacuum pressure, air pressure or
a combination of both. Once the material has been formed to the
mold, it’s cooled and removed from the mold, retaining its final
shape. Since the final project cools against the mold surface under
ambient temperatures, finished parts have zero residual stress.
Once a piece of plastic is thermoformed, there’s still some of the
original material that needs to be trimmed away. At Ray Products,
we use fully robotic 5 and 6-axis trimmers that can quickly cut
complex and precise shapes, resulting in faster production times
and more accurate and flexible cuts. At Ray Products, our robots
also perform secondary operations such as cutouts, through holes
and other features that require the removal of material.
After a custom plastic piece has been thermoformed and trimmed,
that’s still not always the end of the story. At Ray Products, we
offer many secondary operations in-house, including painting,
silk-screening, EMI/RFI shielding, the installation of inserts and
other fastening devices and the assembly of hinges, handles and
other hardware. Combined with our proven supply chain management,
these services let us work as a single-source partner for many of
our customers, so that when they receive the completed part from
Ray Products, it’s fully ready to integrate with the rest of their
|Product Name||Customized various types any color abs vacuum formed plastic cover|
|Material||PMMA(Acrylic), ABS, PS, PP, PE PVC, PET, PETG, and HIPS ETC|
|Size||The Max products size can be 4000*2000*800mm. 12mm thickness.|
|Color||White/Transparent/Translucence/Black/Blue/Any color is available|
|Shape||Any color or Special Shape|
|Logo||Sticker/Screen Print etc|
|Design Service||OEM/ODM Service|
|our advantage||1) Large-scale produce line, more rapid delivery|
|2) Supporting deep-processing. the kinds of products are more rich|
|3) Advance equipment , the quality are perfect.|
|4) Professional Factory, services are more circumspect|
|Relevant items||Vacuum Forming Part|
WHAT IS THERMOFORMING?
Thermoforming is a process in which a flat thermoplastic sheet is
heated and deformed into the desired shape. The process is widely
used in packaging of consumer products and to fabricate large items
such as bathtubs, contoured skylights, and internal door liners for
Thermoforming consists of two main steps: heating and forming.
Heating is usually accomplished by radiant electric heaters,
located on one or both sides of the starting plastic sheet at a
distance of roughly 125 mm (5 in.). Duration of the heating cycle
needed to sufficiently soften the sheet depends on the polymer, its
thickness and color. The methods by which the forming step is
accomplished can be classified into three basic categories: (1)
vacuum thermoforming, (2) pressure thermoforming, and (3)
mechanical thermoforming. In our discussion of these methods, we
describe the forming of sheet stock; in the packaging industry,
most thermoforming operations are performed on thin films.