Is Custom Heavy Gauge Thermoforming the Right Process for your Project?

red checkmark clipboardProductive Plastics realizes that every project utilizing plastic components is different in scope, requirements, budget, industry standards, tolerances, volume, and many other variables. We also realize that there are a number of plastic part manufacturing processes to choose from, each with their respective pros and cons. While Productive Plastics provides excellent custom heavy gauge thermoforming services to our customers for a very wide range of projects, the process is not always the ideal choice for every application.

Use the following chart to assist in determining if custom heavy gauge thermoforming with Productive Plastics is the right process for your application.

Please Note: Keep in mind that the information provided is a very general guideline on process selection and the chart below only shows the process that is most commonly chosen and generally best suited for the associated project characteristic. Please contact Productive Plastics for a more detailed assessment of your project’s thermoforming process selection that takes into account all of the variables unique to your project.

Project AttributesHeavy Gauge ThermoformingThin Gauge ThermoformingInjection MoldingStructural Foam MoldingRotational Molding
Part thickness between .060 -.375″
Part thickness < .060
Small quantities – EAU ( < 250)
Mod. quantities – EAU (250 – 2500)
Large quantities – EAU ( > 2500)
Specific wall thickness
Structural Components

Heavy Gauge vs. Thin Gauge Thermoforming

There are two distinct thermoforming categories, heavy gauge and thin gauge, that use similar thermoforming processes, but vary greatly in material thickness, material characteristics, industry applications, average project volumes, tooling, and many other details. Productive Plastics is a custom heavy gauge thermoforming manufacturer and does NOT manufacture thin gauge thermoforming applications at this time. (An example of a thin gauge thermoformed item is a blister pack used in packaging for consumer goods.)

Common Industry Applications for Heavy Gauge Thermoforming

Productive Plastic has created heavy gauge thermoformed parts for these industries, and there are many others that could utilize this technology:

Advantages of Thermoforming

  • Large Part Capabilities
  • Reduced Tooling Costs
  • Faster Lead Times
  • Material Coloration, Surface Texture, and Distortion Printing 
  • Complex Design Capabilities
  • Industry Standard Compliant Material

For more information on the advantages and processes of heavy gauge vacuum thermoforming or pressure thermoforming, please visit our process pages.

Case Studies

Productive Plastics offers the following customer case studies:

Case Study for Custom Plastic Thermoforming Enclosure Solutions for the Medical Diagnostic, Medical Device, and Kiosk Industry < NEW!

 Kitting Case Study for Fork Lift Components (Raymond Corporation)

 Food Service / Tray Delivery Case Study (Caddy Corporation)

 Medical Diagnostic Instrumentation Components Case Study

 Specialty Vocational Vehicle Interior Components Case Study

Contact Productive Plastics for Heavy Gauge Thermoforming

Please Contact Productive Plastics, one of the most innovative thermoforming companies, for assistance or to get a quote for heavy gauge thermoforming.

Request a free Heavy Gauge Plastic Thermoforming Process and Design Guide from Productive Plastics.