Thermoformed products are made when plastic sheet is inserted into a machine, heated to a required temperature, and vacuum formed to mold dimensions. It is then trimmed to customer specifications and packaged for shipment. Typical characteristics of thermoforming include:
Quicker Tooling Production
Typical lead time on thermoforming molds is 4 to 6 weeks versus 18 to 24 weeks for injection molds. Thermoforming also eliminates the cost and time wasted in producing and testing pilot injection molds.
Similarity In Per-Piece Pricing
Advances in thermoforming technology have brought per-piece costs of thermoformed parts in line with injection molded parts, particularly when mold costs are considered.
Low Margin For Error
Unlike injection molds, thermoforming tools offer more flexibility of design. If the original specifications are slightly inaccurate, the tool can be altered easily by machining. The tools may also be adapted to meet new specifications in the product. An injection mold would have to be thrown away.
Small Production Runs
Extremely low tool investment makes thermoforming ideal for smaller production runs and entrepreneurs with low capital. Tool payback is faster, new-product startups are less risky, and frequent model changes more possible.
Current Seeber Thermoforming mold costs are approximently one tenth the price of a similar injection mold.
We particularly excel at producing large products. Our maximum mold size is 8' X 12' allowing us to run virtually any mold.