Thermoforming molds need to withstand the assembly forces to install the mold on the machine, the temperature and vacuum force or pressure used to form the part, the ejection of the part, and any coolants or mold release agents that may be used. Doing so ensures the mold can be repeatedly used over time and consistently produce parts true to the original design.
Thermoforming molds fabricated with Formlabs 3D printers have been tested with both desktop and industrial vacuum forming and pressure forming machines under a wide range of conditions. These low-volume molds are capable of withstanding dozens of cycles, depending on several factors including the part design, mold and injection materials, molding parameters, and any coolants or demolding agents used.
- Formlabs Materials for Thermoforming
- Table of Thermoforming Process Conditions
Formlabs Materials for Thermoforming
Formlabs offers a range of materials that are capable of replacing aluminum molds for lowvolume manufacturing.
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