Thermoforming vs Injection Molding | Innovative Plastics

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Thermoforming and Injection molding both make 3D Plastic parts. Which one is right for your project, find out with the help of this data.

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Thermoforming vs Injection Molding | Innovative Plastics

  1. 1. Thermoforming Vs. Injection Molding
  2. 2. The Process
  3. 3. The Process Tooling: A single 3D form is created out of aluminum. Tooling: A double-sided 3D mold is created out of steel, aluminum or a beryllium-copper alloy Materials: Flat sheets of Thermoplastic, available in a variety of materials, finishes, colors, thickness Materials: Thermoplastic pellets, available in a wide variety of materials and colors Production: A Flat sheet of plastic is heated then molded to the tool's shape using either suction from A vacuum, or both suction and pressure Production: The plastic pellets are heated to a liquid state Then injected into the mold. Finishing: The final pieces are trimmed robotically, then can be used uncoated, painted or have specialty coatings Finishing: The final pieces are removed from the mold, Then often need to be painted and can be silk- screened Or have specialty coatings Thermoforming Injection Molding
  4. 4. The Costs Creating a single sided thermoforming tool is much cheaper than creating a double sided mold to be used in injection molding. However, the cost of each individual part is generally cheaper with injection molding.
  5. 5. The Costs
  6. 6. Lead Time
  7. 7. Other Considerations
  8. 8. What It's Best For?
  9. 9. Our Process & Capabilities Pressure Forming Pressure forming provides parts that are visually identical to injection molded parts at a fraction of the tooling cost. Vacuum Forming Vacuum forming produces a one-sided part whereby the sheet color and texture provide finished part aesthetics. Large Part Vacuum Forming Reduce the number of overall components by combining multiple parts within a 10’ x 18’ sheet size. About Ray Plastics
  10. 10. Advanced Thermoforming Solutions www.rayplastics.com (800) 423-7859 info@rayplastics.com

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