Thermoforming – Mold Making
Thermoform tooling, or mold-making, is a critical aspect of the thermoforming process, as it directly affects the quality, precision, and repeatability of the produced parts.
Factors like the intricacy of the part, cooling rates of the mold and the material, the length of the production run, and the draft angle all must be considered. Myers Invests In state-of-the-art resources to insure the perfect mold, every time. Typically, thermoform tooling follows these steps:
- Designing the Tool: Based on a thorough understanding of the part’s specifications, including size, shape, and material, a design engineer creates a 3D CAD model of the mold, which is then reviewed and refined.
- Creating the Tool: Molds can be machined or cast. With CNC machining, computer-controlled milling equipment carves the mold out of a solid block of metal or plastic. During the casting process, molten metal or plastic Is poured into a pre-designed mold to create a negative impression of the part.
- Tooling Modifications: Every tool undergoes rigorous testing to consistently produce perfect parts. The tool can be modified at this stage, including adjustments to the mold’s surface or adding cooling channels to Improve the process.
- Tool Maintenance: Regular tool maintenance is crucial to ensure the longevity and accuracy of the mold. This includes cleaning, lubricating, and repairing any damage to the mold surface.
- Tool Storage: When not in use, thermoforming tooling should be stored in a climate-controlled environment to prevent any damage or deterioration affecting the mold’s accuracy and lifespan.
Thermoforming tooling is a complex and essential process that requires experienced professionals and state-of-the-art technology. At Myers Industries, we leverage our expertise and capabilities to deliver high-quality tooling solutions that meet your project requirements and ensure the success of your thermoforming production.