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Dear Joslyn: What Thermoforming Tooling Is Best?

calculationDear Joslyn: 

My company is launching a new product and I’m looking for a thermoformer that fits within our budget. The tooling costs seem to differ with each supplier, and I’m not even sure what type of tooling I need. How do I know what tooling is best for my application and budget?

– Dazed and Confused

Dear Dazed and Confused: 

Deciphering tool quotes can be difficult, especially if you’re new to the thermoforming process. Many suppliers may assume you know what they mean when their quote says things like “temperature-controlled production tooling” or “ren wood prototype tooling,” and many customers won’t ask for an explanation. 

There are a few factors to consider when deciding on the best type of thermoforming tooling for a project, such as material compatibility, production quantity and part size, to name a few. We’ve put together a reference guide that breaks down the most common types of thermoforming tools that should help clear up some of the confusion you’re experiencing. 

 – Joslyn Manufacturing

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