Thin Gauge Thermoforming

Thin gauge thermoforming is the manufacturing process of molding a flat piece of plastic into a usable custom shape. Thin gauge refers to the thickness of the plastic material that is heated and formed. Thin gauge materials are usually between .010” to .060” thick. Thin gauge thermoforming uses the same process of heat and vacuum, as thick gauge thermoforming, the only difference is the thickness of the material used.

The packaging industry utilizes thin gauge thermoforming applications for packaging, sorting and protective solutions. From prototyping, tooling, production and production support, Owings Patterns can custom fabricate your concept design and get it to market faster and under budget, with thin gauge thermoforming.

Using Vacuum Forming in Thermoforming

Vacuum forming is the process where a heated sheet of plastic is stretched over a male or female mold and a vacuum is applied between the mold and the sheet. The vacuum pulls the heated plastic sheet tight to the mold. Once the plastic sheet cools, the plastic will now retain the shape of the mold.

Prototyping, Production & Tooling

Owings Patterns has a reputation of 100% accurate products through its True Rapid Solutions process. Our in-house engineers use CAD software to custom design your product to your required specifications. Once we have your product designed, our team can begin the thermoforming tooling process. Depending on your application, we can build tooling from wood, machined aluminum, cast aluminum or composite.

Wood is sometimes used in the prototyping process because it can be easily machined for fast turn around times, short product runs and lower cost. Aluminum and other types of metals are made for long run or permanent tooling. Contact Owings Patterns today to see how we can save you time and money on your product with our in-house tooling department.

Thin Gauge Thermoforming Applications

Thin gauge thermoforming is the most typical type of thermoforming in the packaging industry. The most common use for thin gauge thermoforming is custom packaging. The following products can be made using the thin gauge process.

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Our Product is Accuracy. We offer our clients support from prototype to production.
We provide our clients with 100% accurate products the first time. No need for wasted time and money.
Our clients love our thermoforming support. We can glue, seal and trim your thermoformed product all in-house.
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  • Blister Packaging
  • Clamshell Packaging
  • Custom Dunnage
  • Food Packaging
  • Medical Packaging
  • Retail Packaging
  • Plastic Trays
  • Pick and Place Packaging
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