1950s Dawn of the Commercial Thermoforming Business

1950s Dawn of the Commercial Thermoforming Business   Stanley R. Rosen   The end of World War II released the ambition within many of the discharged veterans to seek new careers in the relatively new plastics industry.  The U.S. Government’s G.I. Bill of Rights paid for the veterans education in technical, academic, or business fields…

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Before Buying a Thermoformer

It is easy to get confused when shopping for a THERMOFORMER so many brands, features, price ranges, and more. It can be hard to know where to start! So let’s break down some key elements to consider when looking for the best machine for you. Brand: There are a few main brands that you are…

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Do you know what blister packaging is?

Do you know what blister packaging is? Blister packaging is a term  used to package  several types of pre-formed thermoformed plastic parts for consumer goods, and for pharmaceuticals. The primary component is a  blister  which is a thermoformed  part which is then adhered to a pre printed board or a lidding material such as tyvek.. The plastic…

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THERMOFORMING MANUAL and TROUBLE-SHOOTING GUIDE

A Guide to Thermoforming VACUUM FORMING GUIDE courtesy of Leroy M. Boser 574-370-2003 Table of Contents PREFACE…………………………………………………………………………………..1 DESCRIPTION OF VACUUM FORMING………………………………………………1 VACUUM FORMING TECHNIQUES …………………………………………………..1 1. DRAPE FORMING – BOTTOM (Figure 1.) ………………………………………….1 2. DRAPE FORMING – TOP ……………………………………………………………..4 3. PLUG ASSIST – BOTTOM (Figure 2.)………………………………………………4 4. PLUG ASSIST – TOP ………………………………………………………………….6 5. SNAP BACK –…

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Let's compare Thermoforming Techniques

Lets compare Thermoforming techniques Vacuum forming – A vacuum is formed between the mold cavity and the thermoplastic sheet. The vacuum pressure (typically 14 psi) forces the sheet to conform to the mold and form the part shape. Vacuum Forming Pressure forming – In addition to utilizing a vacuum underneath the sheet, air pressure (typically 50 psi, but up…

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Introduction to Thermoforming and Vacuum Forming (White Paper)

Thank You Ron Cross of Mayfield Plastics for a Terrific White Paper  Introduction to Thermoforming and Vacuum Forming (White Paper)       Pressure Forming………………………………………….4       Vacuum Forming……………………………………………6      Thermoforming Mold Making ……………………………8      Injection Molding?………………………………………….9      Rotational Molding?……………………………………….10      Other Thermoforming Applications…………………….11     Plastic Fabrication in Thermoforming………………….13    …

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Why I need a machinery appraisal and who should I call?

What is an Appraisal? An appraisal is the independent and unbiased process of determining the supportable opinion of value of tangible assets as of a specific date. Appraisals can be performed for a variety of value premises from fair market value in place and in use, to forced liquidation value  How are Machinery and Equipment…

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Prototype & Laboratory Thermoformers

A Necessity for the Custom Thermoformer A laboratory thermoformer is designed to enable the user to carry out trial runs with single or multiple cavity molds and duplicate conditions found in fully automatic production equipment.  Efforts should be made to include features found in production machinery so that all results would be repeatable. Pressure Forming……………

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TIPS ON BUYING A USED MACHINE

Pre-owned, surplus or used machines  are attractive because they reduce costs and delivery is prompt. Buying used is a good idea for business for many reasons, including potential tax benefits. Here are a few tips to ensure a successful purchase: Work with a seller you can trust. Ask how long the dealer has been in business.…

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CNC Router – Ball Screws vs Rack and Pinion

The New FMT Patriot CNC Router sold through Plastimach and the CNC Router Store features Ball Screw Drives on the XY and Z axes. We often get about the pros and cons of the two methods. Ball-Screw vs. Rack-N-Pinion Rack-n-Pinion Explained – Most machines in this price category use strait rack-n-pinion to drive the axes.…

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