Material choice is one of the most important decisions you will make when you opt for custom plastic packaging manufacturing. At Sunrise Packaging, we are capable of thermoforming a wide range of thin-gauge thermoplastics into custom blister packaging, protective clamshells, and unique thermoformed trays. However, each thermoplastic material has its pros and cons. If you don’t know where to start, ask your manufacturer what materials they offer and more importantly- what do they have experience with. Some of these plastics can be tricky during the manufacturing process. In the meantime, here is a brief overview of some of our more popular options:
PET Plastics are popular thermoforming materials mostly due to the clarity they offer. PET is best used for retail product packaging because this thermoplastic displays the item while protecting it from external conditions (shipping, shoppers, etc.)
PETG offers transparency just like PET plastics. However, PETG thermoplastic is a bit more durable. Yes, the material can scratch but it will not break so this plastic is best used with valuable items that need extra protection.
HIPS is a clear and impact resistant thermoplastic, but be careful- it is brittle! Possibly prone to cold-cracking, this plastic material is most often seen in CD jewel cases. HIPS can be infused with color if you want to make your packaging solution pop!
ABS combines the best of both worlds in plastics manufacturing materials. ABS thermoplastic is durable enough to make up safety gear and lightweight enough for children’s toys.