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EMI, also known as electromagnetic interference, is a disturbance in the operation of electronic devices caused by external sources that affect the electrical circuit. One approach to prevent this interference is the use of an EMI shield, a protective enclosure placed around devices to block signals. Thermoforming can make...

To finish a thermoformed part, a variety of trimming processes can be used. The process selection depends on the quantity being produced, part specifications, and the tolerances needed. Options include hand trimming, die cutting, air router, and for the greatest precision, axis computer-numerical-controlled trimming, also known as CNC trimming. When...

When you’re selecting a thermoformer, consider looking for a partner that offers turn-key services to optimize your efficiencies and savings. Among the key processes a full-service thermoformer can offer are: In House Molding: Your thermoformer should have the pre-production experience to take your idea from prototype to production.Machining: Precise manufacturing is...

A variety of plastic materials can be used in thermoforming, including foams such as those made from polystyrene, polyethylene and polyurethane. In fact, since it’s durable, absorbs sound and impact well, and is relatively inexpensive, foam is a popular material choice. Thermoformers can form both open and closed cell foam: Open Cell:...

For OEMs looking for solutions to their part needs, thermoforming offers a number of benefits over other processes. With the right thermoforming partner, you’ll realize: Design Flexibility: A wide variety of materials, available in a range of colors and textures, allows you to obtain the look you want...

With thermoforming, a plastic sheet is heated to its forming temperature, then shaped by a mold, but just what is “forming temperature?” Most materials have a range of forming temperatures. For example, polystyrene has a lower forming temperature—the temperature at which it can be bent from...

With thermoforming, a plastic sheet is heated until it’s pliable, then stretched into or onto a mold to form a part. But the sheet gets thinner as it stretches deeper onto the mold, which is why prestretching of the hot plastic is sometimes useful. Prestretching is the process of...

The thermoforming process involves heating a plastic sheet until it’s pliable, then placing it into or onto a mold to be formed with vacuum or pressure. But within this general description of the process, there is one key issue that can impact your part production:...

One often overlooked but critical step in the production of a successful part is the initial information exchange between thermoformer and customer. During this fact-finding phase, several important aspects of the job should be addressed, including: The expected volumeAny stressful environments like chemicals, impact and temperatureA...

A lot of time goes into designing your component part and selecting just the right plastic material. But there’s one often-overlooked manufacturing step that’s critical to part perfection: trimming. This crucial process removes all excess plastic after a part is produced, delivering a number of benefits, including: Part...