Thermoforming MaterialsWe select which thermoplastic material to use for each part based on customer specifications, needs and desires. If you are a veteran engineer who knows exactly what materials you need for your part, we can accommodate your specifications. If you are unsure about all the different plastic materials and their properties, we would be delighted to guide you to the best material for your needs, taking both material cost and production cost into consideration. The thermoplastic materials used most frequently at Asheville Thermoform Plastics include:
- ABS- Acrylonitrile Butadeine Styrene, a blend of acrylic and styrene
- HIPS-High Impact Polystyrene / Impact Modified Polystyrene
- PVC – Polyvinyl Chloride
- PC - Polycarbonate
- PET / RPET - (Recycled) Polyethylene Terephthalate
- PETG- Polyethylene Terephthalate Glycol-Modified
- HDPE- High Density Polyethylene
- PP- Polypropylene
Material RecyclingAsheville Thermoform Plastics prides itself as a company that uses almost entirely recycled materials in its production processes. An estimated 70% of raw materials come from recycled extruded plastics. Our constant recycling program allows all "cutaway" waste generated by our forming process to be ground and recycled to produce new raw material sheet.
Depending upon material to be formed, expected life of mold, quantity of parts to be run, precision tolerances required, and complexity of the molded part, Asheville Thermoform Plastics may recommend Tool Board(Urethane Tooling Board), MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard), Epoxy, Wood or Aluminum molds in order to provide optimum results and maximum value for your tooling dollar.