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Plastic Thermoforming Materials

When embarking on a custom thermoforming project, one of the most important parts of the process is picking the right material. Don't worry, while there are lots of plastics to choose from serving a variety of industries and each having its own unique properties, we are here to help you find the best material for your project.

Select the Appropriate Material

Below is a table that will help answer preliminary questions regarding plastics that are commonly used in thermoforming. The table is meant to serve as a starting point, so please don't hesitate to contact us to talk through your specific project.

MaterialPETPVCABSHIPSHDPEPETGPC
Thin Gauge Projects (Under .070")xxxxxx
Thick Gauge Projects (Over .070")xxxxxxx
Transparencyxxx
Opaque/Specific Colorxxxxxx
Used for Retailxxx
Used for Display Purposesxxx
Used for Transport/Shippingxxxxxxx
Used in the Medical Industryxxxxx
Used in the Food Industryxxxx
Used in the Cannabis Industryxxxxx
Sealed After Fulfillmentxxxxxx
Produced from Recycled Materialxxxxx
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  • We are a small manufacturing business in Denver Colorado that has several custom packaging needs for the product we sell. FormTight was able to look at our current packaging and reengineer our packaging to not only reduce our packaging cost but improve our product's appearance on our customer's shelf which has resulted in more sales. We have also found that because of their state of the art tooling fabrication capability, our tooling costs are less, turnaround time is quicker and we have more options on what we can do with the design of our packaging. Want to thank everyone at FormTight as they are our go to vendor.

    Keith Papulski, General Manager Taylor Tools - Denver, CO
  • We needed a custom product in a very short period of time and of course we needed it over the Holidays and under a very tight timeframe! Form Tight came through when no one else could. Customer service was excellent! Doug Ramsey came down in person to make sure we were all on the same page, met with a secondary company to make sure all the components would work together and then followed through all the way to the delivery. The final delivered product was on time and the quality is what was promised, 100%. I would recommend Form Tight to anyone who needed their services.

    Rachel McGee Camerons Products, LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
  • After another thermoforming supplier proved unable to produce a useable part, FormTight went the extra mile to expedite material and production to meet an aggressive schedule. Our first meeting was very productive since FormTight included their thermoforming process experts and a representative from their preferred tooling foundry. Their selection of a different manufacturing technique (male instead of a female tool) was key to the success of the project.

    Stephen Grupinski, President Arm Automation - Austin, TX
  • I would like to take this opportunity to provide my thanks for your company's great service over the years. We feel fortunate to be working with FormTight because you have solved all of the problems which we had experienced with our prior plastic component vendor. Your superior quality and service have improved our products and allowed us to better serve our customers.

    Inventor Steven R. Knight Portland, CT
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