Picture this scenario: you and your company have been laboring over a new product concept. You've done the market research, and you know demand exists. You've designed the product, and you've collaborated with a thermoforming company to manufacture the plastic enclosure. You've priced the product to sell right out of the gate. You've created buzz, and you've worked tirelessly on the marketing plan, the social media plan, and the PR plan. All you're waiting for now are the actual thermoformed parts.
You wait. And you wait, only to find out there's an issue with the design. And then the materials. And-oh wait-the company that's manufacturing the parts is behind schedule. There's nothing you can do (well, unless you want to sink more money into starting all over with another manufacturer).
While this might seem like an extreme example, it's not. Your time to market (TTM) is determined by the length of each stage of a product's development, one of the most crucial of which is the actual manufacturing of your thermoformed parts.
This is why it's important to keep in mind that not all thermoforming companies are alike. You must select carefully. At the same time, choosing a thermoformer doesn't need to be a stressful process, if you know what to look for-and what to avoid. And that's where this white paper comes in.
We've outlined the key questions to ask and factors to consider when making your decision. Your product is an investment. Take the time to speak to several thermoformers to understand how each one approaches the manufacturing process.
Here's something to note before you continue reading:
Understanding the difference between thin- and heavy-gauge thermoforming is essential when researching a thermoforming company's expertise. Knowing up front what type of thermoforming you need will help save you time during the initial contact phase.
There's no sense in contacting a heavy-gauge thermoformer when what you need is a thin gauge one. Most packaging-think of the plastic that holds a wireless headset-is thin-gauge thermoforming. Heavy-gauge thermoforming involves a plastic part that in essence "becomes" the product. For example, think of your computer or a medical device at the hospital. The plastic enclosure not only covers and protects the delicate electrical components on the inside, but also makes the product look better.
While you can use most of the considerations that we discuss below for evaluating either thin- or heavy-gauge thermoforming companies, it's important to know that this paper was written with heavy-gauge thermoforming in mind.
Below is the link to our whitepaper: