Plastic thermoforming is the process of producing parts by heating and shaping plastic sheet and film. Part of the Fundamental Manufacturing Processes Video Series, this program highlights cut sheet and roll fed thermoforming operations and features details on the various thermoforming process components.
The thermoforming process components segment explores the materials, clamping systems, heating systems, thermoforming mold types, forming forces, and trimming processes. The basic thermoforming methods are also examined, including drape thermoforming, cavity thermoforming, pressure thermoforming, plug assist thermoforming, and twin sheet thermoforming.
By Philip D Rufe, CMfgE
By Ahmad K Elshennawy, Gamal S Weheba, PhD