Thermoforming is a manufacturing process most commonly used as a packaging solution for consumer products. It is also used to manufacture larger customized plastic products.
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Thermoformed packaging proves to be ideal for the medical industry, as it offers the highest level of protection, along with the benefits like durability, uniform sealing, acting as a sterile barrier, and easy usage.
Thermoforming is a process that involves heating a plastic sheet to the point at which it is capable of being shaped, bent, or drawn out, then stretching it into a mold, and finally cooling the same to attain the desired shape.
The excess material is trimmed and can be mixed along with the unused plastic and formed again into sheets. The shaped part is released. In this way, customized plastic products can be formed. Thermoforming is considered to be one of the most versatile methods for the production of packaging materials.
Moreover, it is believed to be one of the oldest methods of making useful articles. It has been observed that plastic thermoforming plays an important role in the modern industry and commercial enterprises.
There are different groups of processes involved in thermoforming, such as vacuum forming, pressure forming, drape forming, mechanical forming, match-mold forming, and billow forming. These are basically, different methods of forcing the sheets to adjust to the mold and attain the desired shape.