Thermoforming: from cutting to finishing of plastics 

Thermoforming is one of the most versatile and widespread techniques in plastics processing. This process allows plates or plastic films to be transformed into three-dimensional objects using heat and pressure, creating products ranging from lightweight packaging to complex industrial components. However, thermoforming is only the first step in making a final product. To obtain high quality plastic products, it is necessary to go through a series of cutting, finishing and assembly operations that guarantee precision, robustness and functionality. In this article, we will explore in detail the various stages of the processing of plastics, from the separation from scrap to the final finishing, highlighting how every step is fundamental for the creation of high-level customized plastic products.

Manufacture of thermoforming machines

Thermoforming begins by heating a plate or a plastic film until it is malleable. Once the desired temperature is reached, the material is molded into a mold to obtain the desired shape. This process is fundamental to the creation of a wide range of products, from simple packaging to complex industrial components.

Separation from scrap

After thermoforming, the workpiece must be separated from the scrap, that is, the excess material that is not part of the final shape. This operation is essential to ensure the precision and quality of the finished product.

Die-cutting

For thin plastics, such as those used in light packaging, the separation from scrap is achieved by die cutting. This process uses American type cutting dies and presses to cut the workpiece into the desired shape. Die cutting is particularly effective for lightweight materials and allows for precise and uniform cuts.

Finishing and additional processing

Plastics processing does not stop at thermoforming and cutting. Often, additional finishing is needed to obtain the required product. Each finishing step is carried out with attention to detail to ensure that the final product meets the quality standards required by the customer.

Thermoforming is a complex process that goes far beyond the simple molding of plastics. 

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