Five Advantages of Industrial Thermoforming

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Plastiform Inc. has been using industrial thermoforming to make plastic parts that are long-lasting, pleasing on the eyes, and cost-effective for nearly 40 years. As one of Ireland’s leading specialists in the industry, Plastiform Inc knows a thing or two when it comes to thermoformed products.

Industrial thermoforming is a manufacturing process by which a heated plastic sheet is formed and molded into the desired shape. The process begins by heating a thin plastic film to its melting point, after which it can be easily shaped into different products. Once the product has been formed, it is cooled and ready for use. This manufacturing technique offers many benefits over other methods, such as decreased production time and reduced waste. Additionally, industrial thermoforming offers a high degree of customization, allowing businesses to create products that meet their specific needs. 

Our clients frequently ask about utilizing GRP (glass reinforced plastic) manufacturing processes, but the answer is always the same: there are simply too many benefits to thermoformed goods. Below, we will list a few. 

1. Price

Thermoforming can be used for both low and high-volume production runs, and it offers several advantages over other manufacturing processes. While thermoforming does have some costs associated with it, these costs are typically lower than those of other manufacturing methods. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at the costs of thermoforming so that you can determine if this process is right for your business.

What many individuals really appreciate about thermoformed plastic products is the low costs and the fast turnaround times that production takes. When it comes to thermofoil, the most cost-effective method is to make larger volumes, which means you’ll get more bang for your buck. GRP, with its high strength-to-weight ratio and low manufacturing costs makes it an excellent choice for large projects. 

2. Recyclability

One feature of thermoformed plastic parts that draw in many potential customers today, is that both the final products and any excess material are 100% recyclable. In today’s world, where efforts to prevent climate change are stronger than ever before, reducing your own carbon footprint is critical, especially since the end components are non-recyclable and the process necessitates the use of hazardous materials.

3. Versatility

The versatility of thermoforming means that it is effortless to make parts that are both diminutive and considerable. Plastiform Inc is capable of producing parts from a few centimeters in size to parts that are 2.5 meters x 1.5 meters. Our company is able to offer a variety of services that help us be more productive and efficient. 

4. Design Benefits

In an era where branding is of utmost importance, thermoformed goods’ adaptability to design appeals to potential consumers. There are several different cosmetic characteristics that can be produced using vacuum forming because it is adaptable to the customer’s demands. With a wide range of colors and finishes, you can create very intricate and sharp forms, logos, and text. Thermoforming allows product designers to realize the design aesthetics of their company’s logos and branding.

5. Lead Time

GRP processes are often slower for larger bulk products, making the lead time longer. Thermoforming is a much quicker process, with most applications utilizing a variety of tool configurations. When you add all these improvements together, the resulting product is a material that has an improved fracture toughness. The fracture toughness of titanium is cheap to acquire and high-tensile strength steels are far less expensive than stainless steel (it’s ten times more expensive). All of this means lower tooling and labor costs as well as shorter lead times. 


There are many advantages to industrial thermoforming, which is why it has become such a popular manufacturing process. As listed above, the benefits include increased efficiency, faster production times, and lower costs. In addition, thermoformed products are often stronger and more durable than those that are manufactured through other methods. As a result, businesses that use industrial thermoforming can enjoy a number of advantages over their competitors.