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Stages Involved in Plastic Thermoforming

The definition of plastic thermoforming is that it is the process of taking a sheet of material that is made from plastic then heating it up until it get to a point that it is pliable and changing its shape to form a three dimensional object, this process is then finished up by trimming to make it become a usable product. In order for this process to become successful then there are a number of processes that the product have to go through till the end of the process. The process of plastic thermoforming is as follows.

The fist stage is the designing of the material. This is what will enable the plastic thermoforming process to start. Most of the time the process is always done for large scale productions. Here the design will be drawn to help come up with the shape of the plastic material. At this point in time dimensions have to be put into consideration to make it possible the size of the plastic material. They will be then be able to select the kind of materials to be used. If another material other than plastic is used, it is always for aesthetic reasons. They can therefore be in a position of selecting the best plastic material to be used.

The second stage is always the one that is most demanding. At this point they will start with the tooling process. This involves the creation of the mold that the plastic material will be heated to. This is what is known as tooling process. Plastic thermoforming uses aluminum molds and other materials may also be used depending on the size and complexity of material. With a mold at hand then the plastic thermoforming can now begin. This will involve the heating of the plastic material to a pliable temperature. Once thisis ready then the mold can now be removed than after it has been cooled off. The desired plastic material will then is gotten and get ready for use. The cooling process should be done under ambient temperatures to ensure that there is zero residual stress.

With the final product at hand the only thing that remains is trimming. This is the last process that is usually involves doing the finishing touches on it. This will involve doing the trimming of some of the original material and also some of the unwanted parts. This process is eiter done by hand or with the aid or ftobots. This will depend with the size and number of objects that are supposed to be trimmed. After this then the plastic material will be having the desired shape that it should have. After this then secondary operations such as painting and packaging might come in if it is necessary.

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