Custom thermoforming serves a variety of industries. Its versatility is due to the process, which can work with a variety of plastics. Focusing on molding heated plastic, thermoforming is a growing industry serving many other industries, from healthcare to technology. Packaging systems can communicate value to customers. Custom thermoforming is an ideal solution that protects and organizes materials, creating a great experience for users. The aeasthetics don’t stop there, with a variety of plastics used for thermoforming.
These plastic thermoforming materials each have their own qualities and benefits. Here’s a rundown of some of the materials with which we work at Sunrise Packaging (Blaine, Minnesota).
Custom Thermoforming Materials & Properties
PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate)
PET is a super-clear material, affording customers a great view of a product (we love it for custom vacuum-forming in retail packaging). Another reason why it’s popular? It’s easily recyclable.
PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride)
PVC is one of the strongest custom thermoforming materials, but just as malleable as any other. PVC is versatile in other ways as well. It can be translucent or colored, opaque or clear. It’s also recyclable, of course.
PETG (modified Polythylene Terephthalate)
PETG is a modified version of PET that turns it it into a cross between PET and PVC. It has a lower melting point than PET, and retains the strength and versatility of PVC.
RPET (Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate)
Noticing a trend? PET is a popular base for custom thermoforming. This version–RPET–is made from recycled PET. It’s slightly weaker than standard PET, though.
Polystyrene is among the hardest and stiffest custom thermoforming materials. It’s a popular option for anything that needs to be punched or cut (think CD cases, smoke detectors, etc).
Custom Thermoforming Applications
These different materials each have slightly different benefits and uses. Depending on what you need from your packaging, Sunrise can recommend the perfect solution. Contact us today to learn more!