Thermoforming & Vacuum Forming
Clark Net Solutions represents the highest-quality thermoforming and vacuum forming solution to be found anywhere!
Thermoforming and vacuum forming work by drawing hot thermoplastic sheets around a mold. Next, any remaining air is sucked out to ensure consistent definition. The product is then taken off the mold and excess plastic is trimmed and recycled. Thermoforming is ideal for custom trays, packaging, panels and housings.
This fast and inexpensive technology requires less lead time and has lower tooling costs than injection molding or machining while also offering a lower part cost than 3D printing. Although thermoforming has some design limitations, it offers a wide variety of materials and provides excellent value for compatible projects.
Thermoplastics are strong, durable and inexpensive compared to 3D printed materials. Our solution offers an extensive range of thermoforming plastics, including PETG, HIPS, ABS, PC, Acrylic and many more, in thicknesses ranging from 0.020″ to 0.250″ (0.5 mm to .6.5 mm).
With so many material options, thermoformed products are able to meet a host of mechanical and aesthetic demands, from conductivity and heat resistance to FDA food-grade certifications. Thermoformed parts can be rigid, flexible, translucent or opaque. This versatility lends itself to applications in a variety of industries, including food, medicine, electronics and manufacturing.
Thermoforming with 3D Printed Tooling: Better Together
Thermoforming molds are traditionally milled from urethane or aluminum. This can be expensive, especially for small-to-medium-sized parts, and takes 1–3 weeks to produce. By using 3D printed molds made with the HP Multi Jet Fusion (MJF), they can create durable molds for thermoforming in under 48 hours for as little as 50% of the cost of machining.
The Nylon PA-12 used by MJF printing is excellent for thermoforming. It offers high temperature resistance, doesn’t bond with other materials and doesn’t require additional finishing for opaque parts. Moreover, 3D printed molds can easily produce undercuts and other complex shapes that would be difficult or impossible to machine.
These faster production times make it easier than ever to prototype thermoformed parts. Adjustments to 3D printed molds are cheap and quick, allowing you to get more iterations during your product development cycles. The time and cost savings of 3D printed molds make thermoforming an economical option in an even wider range of situations throughout your product life cycle.
Efficient Custom Trays
Custom trays can benefit a range of professional environments, from automated assembly lines to hospital operating rooms. By tailoring solutions to your specific needs, tools can be created that fit seamlessly into your existing production.
Packaging Made Easy
Good packaging provides two major benefits: protecting your products on their way to your customers and creating a good impression once they get there. With precise tolerances and a variety of presentation options, thermoformed packaging excels at both!
Durable Panels & Housings
Thermoforming is often the best choice for large panels and housings owing to its large bed sizes and inexpensive tooling. These durable and versatile products are well-suited to a wide range of industrial and consumer applications.
Affordable Replacement Parts
Replacement parts can be expensive, and if they have been discontinued by the OEM, they may be impossible to find. With their reverse engineering and thermoforming services, our solution can quickly manufacture durable replacement parts to your specifications.
Whether you’re just starting your business or supporting a global customer base, our thermoforming and vacuum forming solution has you covered. Whatever stage your business is at, they’ll take the time to understand your goals and find the right technologies to help you accomplish them. Get started with your project today by requesting a quote or by reaching out to us directly. We understand that manufacturing can get pretty complicated, which is why we’re always here to help.