Thermoformed Plastics

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Although I still wake up in cold sweats thinking about our first semester installation project, I do thoroughly recommend custom thermoformed plastics for may applications.

Pros:

  • Cheap (depending on type of plastic used)
  • We already have a thermoformer at our disposal
  • We can create practically any shape we dream (thereby embedding the plastic with multiple functions)
  • We can make it structural or flexible
  • Transparency or opaqueness possible (can even create greenhouse effect for cold weather)

 

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Cons:

  • Molds can be expensive (so the shape needs to be created around economical molds)
  • Requires quite a bit of testing and trial/error to get a good final product
  • Can be labor-intensive

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