Mold, Fixture & Tool Building

Custom Thermoforming:
Mold, Fixture & Tool Building

Tru-Form Plastics has extensive in-house tool-making capabilities to support successful custom thermoforming projects.

We consider the initial information exchange with our customer to be a critical phase in the project. Our engineers lead discovery of the part end-use parameters to assist in determining the best tooling design and material selection for the application. We go beyond expected volumes to account for stressful environments such as chemicals, impact and temperature. We also seek to understand the part’s relationship with mating parts, so features can be designed to reduce assembly costs and improve product functionality.

Advantages of In-House Tooling

The thermal efficiency and durability of aluminum make it the material of choice for production of thermoforming tools. The nature of thermoforming, combined with the longevity of the aluminum tool, can yield an unlimited number of production parts. Aluminum tools with adequate temperature control produce parts efficiently, with dimensional stability and repeatable appearance from run to run.

Tru-Form constructs our machined aluminum thermoforming tools in-house to provide economic advantages and reduce lead times for tool completion. In-house toolmaking provides control during this crucial stage of the product development cycle.

In-House Tooling Key to Success

Producing a satisfactory and successful part always starts with the design and construction of an excellent tool. This is true in thermoforming as well as many other processes. Ask us how we can help you on your next project.

Prototype Tooling

We maintain a complete pattern shop for making prototype parts and tooling, along with trim fixtures for projects requiring five-axis trimming operations. Our engineers are experts at explaining the tradeoffs between temporary tooling and metal production tooling for your application.