Plastic Thermoforming Stands Up Against Fiberglass

Thermoformed Plastics are a rugged alternative to fiberglass, which can crack or get scratched. In fact, thermoformed plastic parts can greatly exceed the durability of fiberglass, especially in applications where repeated flexing will crack fiberglass. Meanwhile, scratches in fiberglass are unsightly and scrape color off of the surface. With thermoformed parts, color is infused through the entire thickness of the plastic.

Case Study: Choosing Plastic vs. Fiberglass
AMD Plastics partnered with an agricultural OEM to produce thermoformed plastic body parts rather than the 5-by-9 foot fiberglass parts that had been failing during the warranty period. Customers were returning parts because the fiberglass material could not stand up to the repetitive flexing forces in the field. Thermoformed plastic has the strength and flexibility to eliminate these failures, resulting in a lower cost.

Thermoforming Offers Durability
Fiberglass has traditionally been viewed as a tough, heavy-duty material for a range of applications. But plastic thermoforming produces plastic parts and products that can be even tougher and are not subject to cracking and failing. Plus, AMD Plastics' mold technology allows for cost-effective tooling.

Guiding You From Design to Delivery
Our knowledgeable engineers guide the manufacturing process, helping you select suitable plastic material, and ensuring that tight tolerances on cut surfaces are met. AMD Plastics can accommodate short production runs allowing you to speed up the product development cycle by choosing plastic thermoforming for your part or product.

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