Thermoforming is a manufacturing process that is ideal for the low-cost, high volume production of thin-walled parts like packaging for food products, containers for storage and transportation, and packaging for consumer goods like the now ubiquitous N95 mask. Year after year, we’re discovering new and exciting ways to incorporate 3D printing technology into traditional thermoforming workflows.   

This webinar begins with a primer on thermoforming and how sheet materials of various gauges are heated and vacuumed over a mold to form a part. Depending on the output volume and longevity required, thermoforming molds are typically fabricated out of wood, epoxy resin, or metal. Substituting these materials for 3D printed thermoplastics can reduce cost, while maintaining superior mold temperature, strength, and surface quality.  

Essentium has a large material portfolio featuring numerous high-temp thermoplastics suitable for mold design. This webinar covers the material properties needed for the ideal 3D printed thermoforming mold, as well as relevant part design considerations. Lastly, three use cases will be shared to demonstrate fabricated industry-relevant thermoforming molds using additive manufacturing. 

By the end of the webinar, we’ll have discussed the role of thermoforming in the packaging industry and how 3D printed molds can reduce costs and increase throughput, giving you the tools you need to 3D print thermoforming tools within your ecosystem.