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Design Guide Covers Pressure and Vacuum Forming for Heavy Gauge Plastic Thermoforming
MT. LAUREL, N.J.—Productive Plastics, a contract manufacturer of heavy gauge thermoformed plastics, has announced the release of its new Heavy Gauge Plastic Thermoforming Process and Design Guide for Pressure and Vacuum Forming Applications. The design guide is available to be downloaded in PDF format at no charge from the Productive Plastics website at www.productiveplastics.com/request-design-guide/.
The design guide was developed to provide thermoforming design and process information for design engineers and anyone considering the use of heavy gauge plastic thermoforming for their products. Topics covered in the guide include vacuum forming and pressure forming processes; guidelines for determining if heavy gauge plastic thermoforming is the right process for the application; advantages and limitations of heavy gauge plastic thermoformed components and parts; forming tolerances and tooling specifications; design, technical, and cost considerations; material selection; and tips on choosing the right thermoforming company.
"This new heavy gauge thermoforming design guide has a wealth of information for thermoforming customers and prospects to help in their selection of plastic forming technology," said Hal Gilham, Productive Plastics CEO, in a company release. "The guide is a summary of the vast accumulated knowledge and experience gained over decades of providing plastic thermoforming services for our customers."
Thermoforming is the plastic production process that heats a two-dimensional rigid thermoplastic sheet and uses vacuum and/or pressure to form that sheet into a three-dimensional shape. Productive Plastics' core competency is in cut-sheet heavy gauge thermoforming of sheet materials ranging from 0.060 to 0.500 inch thick. Typical applications for heavy gauge thermoformed components include transportation (rail cars, buses, trucks), industrial equipment, medical diagnostics equipment, kiosks, and many types of plastic enclosures.
Productive Plastics (www.productiveplastics.com), headquartered in Mt. Laurel, N.J., offers thermoformed plastic components manufactured via the pressure thermoforming and vacuum forming processes. Established in 1955, Productive Plastics provides contract manufacturing of heavy gauge thermoformed parts for the medical equipment, transportation, kiosk, industrial, and plastic enclosure markets.
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