Thermoformed Plastics of New England has in-house design capabilities that include 3D printing for rapid prototyping.
Tooling – A critical component of the thermoforming process is the tooling which is specific to each part. Thin-gauge thermoforming is almost always performed on in-line machines and typically requires molds, plug assists, pressure boxes as well as trim tooling. The industry standard is for molds to be machined aluminum. If the production quantity is small, an epoxy mold will be considered.
Thick or heavy-gauge thermoforming also requires tooling specific to each part. Typically heavy-gauge parts must be trimmed on CNC routers or hand trimmed using saws or hand routers. At TPNE we can form material up to .375” thick by 8’ x 12’.
Mold Construction – Our designers work with you to develop the best solution for your packaging needs. We’ll take any design you have, or assist in developing one with you. We’ll then proceed to machine a mold or make a prototype tool to prove out the design. If the production quantity is small, an epoxy mold will be considered.
TPNE partners with several very talented tool manufacturers, specific to our industry, to meet all of your design needs. We also have an in-house tool area to support ongoing daily maintenance of your tools.