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Category: Pressure Forming

The world of thermoforming is undergoing a significant transformation, influenced by technological advances, evolving industry needs, and a growing emphasis on sustainability. As thermoforming continues to evolve, it’s important to stay informed about the trends and innovations shaping its future. Let’s delve into these developments, offering insights into what they mean for businesses and industries reliant on thermoforming – and how Ray Products is actively leading and adapting to these changes.

Advancements in Thermoforming Techniques

Advancements in thermoforming techniques are driving significant change in the manufacturing sector, shaping a future where precision and efficiency are not just desired but expected. At the heart of this transformation is the meticulous balance between custom solutions – qualities that Ray Products has made central to its operations. By harnessing both vacuum forming for straightforward parts and pressure forming for complex, detailed parts, we’re responding to the growing need for custom parts that blend form and function seamlessly. Pressure forming, with its ability to apply between 80-100 psi, pushes plastic sheet into the mold with greater force, resulting in sharper definition and finer detail reminiscent of injection molding but with the tooling cost-effectiveness and speed to market vs. other plastic processes. This approach meets the rising demand for complex designs and streamlines production by minimizing lead times and reducing the need for secondary processes.

Efficiency Gains and Robotic Automation

The world of heavy-gauge thermoforming is witnessing a surge in efficiency and precision, driven by innovative practices at companies like Ray Products. By incorporating color matched material, our molded-in color solutions eliminate the need for post-molding finishes such as sanding, masking, and painting, thereby accelerating production and enhancing aesthetic options. Complementing this with advanced 6-axis robotic trimming and precise scanning technologies allows us to exceed the stringent demands of today’s fast-paced markets. These technologies enable the execution of complex, multi-dimensional trimming and routing with accuracy, ensuring high-quality finishes and rapid turnarounds – meaning rapid production does not have to sacrifice detail or design.

Material Innovation

The recent shift toward new materials is revolutionizing how products are made in heavy-gauge thermoforming. At the heart of this change is Ray Products’ commitment to innovative thermoplastics that not only look good but allow for recycled content to be added back into the raw material. These materials comply with rigorous standards and allow us to create parts with standout finishes – high gloss, metallic, you name the finish requirement, and we are pretty confident we can achieve it – all without extra finishing steps. Materials are also flame-resistant and can stand up to sunlight, making them tough enough for almost any application. Plus, they can be recycled, which means less waste. By focusing on these smarter materials, Ray Products is ensuring that thermoforming is about making things that last in a way that’s good for our planet.

New Applications and the Future of Thermoforming

Thermoforming is paving the way for a revolution in sectors that demand high precision and innovation, such as the medical, high-tech, point-of-sale, and electric vehicle (EV) industries. Pressure Forming is producing custom plastic parts with unparalleled complexity and precision, offering solutions that meld function, aesthetics, and durability into seamless designs. The advancements in pressure forming have catapulted thermoforming to the forefront, allowing the creation of intricate designs once thought exclusive to injection molding, sheet metal and RIM. This transformative method is now providing robust parts that integrate flawlessly with modern, sleek EV designs and are resilient enough to endure extreme environments. The scope of thermoforming has broadened, not only enhancing the intricacy and ease of assembly of the parts but also supporting the growth of industries as they navigate the frontiers of technology. With a keen eye on the future, Ray Products is steering the thermoforming industry towards a landscape where superior quality, speed of production, and ecological considerations are harmoniously balanced, showcasing a commitment to innovation that’s cleaner and smarter for a changing global market.


The transformative power of thermoforming is propelling industries forward, combining functionality with aesthetic beauty and sustainability. Ray Products remains at the forefront of this evolution, responding to advanced sectors with precision and innovation, ensuring that every part produced stands up to the highest standards. With a focus on technology, materials and processes, manufacturers like Ray Products are forming a future that combines both the technological demands of our time and the health of our planet. The advancements we’ve embraced in thermoforming are not just shaping products; they’re shaping the very fabric of manufacturing for a smarter, more efficient tomorrow.

If you’re looking to integrate this cutting-edge process into your products, contact Ray Products for a quote today and join the manufacturing revolution.

Category: Pressure Forming

For more than 70 years, Ray Products has built a reputation as a premier provider of pressure formed plastic parts. With a commitment to constantly upgrade our facilities with the highest quality equipment and latest technology, today we can manufacture custom plastic parts using our advanced, heavy-gauge pressure forming process, delivering the highest quality in the business while reducing tooling costs and turnaround times. With our experience, Ray Products will help guide what pressure forming is, the advantages of pressure forming, and what makes Ray Products a complete partner for your next project.


Category: Pressure Forming

The truth is, we get excited about every plastics manufacturing project that comes into our California-based facility. Still, there are plastic pressure forming projects that stand out for our whole team.

Let us tell you about one of those.

Recently, a leading biotechnology company came to us for help creating the housing of an advanced digital pathology slide scanner.

The project demanded impressive aesthetics, incredible levels of precision, and high-performance materials. In short, it was precisely the type of pressure forming project we love.


Category: Pressure Forming

On October 9 and 10, 2019, Ray Products will be exhibiting at D2P, Design 2 Part, Southern California conference, located at the Pasadena Convention Center.  Home to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena has built a reputation as a hotbed for technological innovation, providing a great backdrop for showcasing our advanced plastic manufacturing techniques.

As an exhibitor, we’ll be showcasing and discussing an assortment of plastic parts that we’ve manufactured via our specialized vacuum forming, pressure forming and trimming technologies. We’re looking forward to sharing the benefits of thermoformed plastic solutions with attendees from Southern California and beyond. Here are a few of the processes we’ll be discussing:


Category: Pressure Forming

If you pay close attention to manufacturing trends, you may have already seen it happening: manufacturers are discovering the benefits of pressure forming, and realizing that they can’t help but switch.

Why are they switching, and is it the right choice for you?

At Ray Products, we’ve been pressure forming plastic parts for over 70 years, and have a keen sense of the types of projects that can greatly benefit from this process. Below are the most commonly noted reasons to opt for pressure forming for your next project.


Category: Pressure Forming

We’re thrilled to announce that Ray Products has been awarded the Gold prize at this year’s SPE Thermoforming Conference for our work on the Stratasys F370 Industrial-grade 3-D printer!

The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE)’s annual thermoforming conference is the leading exposition where thermoformers, suppliers and clients assemble to attend workshops, discussions, and networking sessions on all things thermoforming. One of the most exciting aspects of the conference is its contest, which considers submissions from thermoformers all over the country across several manufacturing categories.


Category: Pressure Forming

Chances are, you’ve been lied to about the capabilities of thermoforming. Those lies probably weren’t intentional. They may have come from sources with an outdated or incomplete understanding of pressure forming and vacuum forming as a process.

Wherever those lies came from, it’s time to learn the truth. And there’s no better place than the webinar we’ll be hosting in partnership with Design World on November 9 at 4 p.m. EST / 1 p.m. PST.

We’ll address the most commonly told lies about thermoforming, and share truths that you can use to cut costs, improve aesthetics and performance, and slash your manufacturing timetables with thermoforming.

9 Lies You’ve Been Told About Thermoforming
& 4 Truths That Will Transform Your Next Project

Online Webinar
Speakers: Brian Ray and Jason Middleton, with moderator Leslie Langnau
Host: Design World
Thursday, November 9, 2017
4 p.m. EST / 1 p.m. PST

Register Now

Category: Pressure Forming

You might not think of the plastics industry as a violent place, but that’s only because you haven’t read the Michael Tolinski’s “Process Wars” article in the June issue of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE)’s magazine, Plastics Engineering.

Ok, maybe violent is an exaggeration.  “Contentious” might be a better word.

Michael’s article covers the rise in popularity of pressure forming, first reported in our 2015 plastics manufacturing survey.  It also covers some other advances in the process and even gives an injection molder a chance to present his perspective.

All-in-all, a great read.  Not least of all because it quotes our very own VP of Sales & Development, Jason Middleton.  Read the entire account of the plastics manufacturing process wars right here.


Category: Pressure Forming

You can have the greatest robot in the world being delivered, but if you don’t have the employees who want to embrace the technology, you will have a robot that is going to sit there and do nothing.
-Brian Ray, Plastics Machinery Magazine, July 2016

Unless you’re as obsessed about plastics manufacturing as we are, you might have missed Plastics Machinery Magazine’s interview with Brian Ray, Ray Products’ president.

But don’t worry—we’re always looking out for our non-plastics-manufacturing-obsessed friends.

The interview covers some of Ray Products’ history, the changes we’ve seen over six-plus decades in the plastics manufacturing industry, advances in materials and equipment and where we see the future of plastics manufacturing headed.

So what are you waiting for? Check it out!



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