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Property Name   Thermoforming
ShapesThin-walled: Cylindrical, Thin-walled: Cubic, Thin-walled: Complex 
Part sizeArea: 0.04 in² - 300 ft² 
Surface finish - Ra (μin)60 - 120
(16 - 120)
Tolerance (in.)± 0.04
(± 0.008)
Max wall thickness0.015 - 0.15
(0.002 - 0.25)
Quantity10 - 1000
(1 - 100000)
Lead timeDays 
AdvantagesCan produce very large parts, High production rate, Low cost 
DisadvantagesLimited shape complexity, Limited to thin walled parts, Scrap cannot be recycled, Trimming is required 
ApplicationsPackaging, open containers, panels, cups, signs 
Typical values shown first (Feasible values in parentheses)

Disclaimer: All process specifications reflect the approximate range of a process's capabilities and should be viewed only as a guide. Actual capabilities are dependent upon the manufacturer, equipment, material, and part requirements.