3D Printing Thermoforming Molds and Tools


Thermoforming is a relatively simple process that starts with heating a plastic sheet to a pliable state. Once softened, the sheet is conformed to a mold of the desired shape using vacuum draw or air pressure.

Because thermoforming doesn't require extreme heat or pressure, 3D printing presents a viable alternative to expensive machined molds and tools, especially for prototyping and short-run production. Depending on the materials used, tool life can range from 100 to 1,000 parts.

Download this free technical application guide and learn:

  • When FDM Technology is the best fit for thermoforming molds and tools
  • Best practices for design, file processing and production planning
  • Key process considerations
  • Success factors

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