BEST Thermoforming Applications
Manufacturing Capabilities for Thermoforming Applications
BEST manufactures Hand-Forged Thermoforming Dies and uses other manufacturing processes where applicable, including cutting dies using 5-Axis, water-Jet, torch cutting from a solid block of steel and Wire EDM.
Various steel thicknesses are available, including standard 1/4”and 3/8” upon request. Offering the BEST in thermoforming applications, we provide any die height required. In addition to cutting dies, BEST offers Mounting Plates, Base Plates, Cut Plates and Baffle Plates for all GN and similar Thermoforming Machinery.
Thermoforming Applications Retooling Services
BEST provides complete grinding and sharpening/retool services for cutting dies, including: major and minor welding repairs, new Shim Plates (0.010” to 0.750″) and Mold Shim Plates. Our unique process allows for longer die life and an easier sharpening process, eliminating the need for multiple shims and extensive grinding. Simply grind the cutting edge to the minimum required, or similarly grind the Mold Plates accordingly.
CNC Advantage for Thermoforming Applications
All new thermoforming cutting dies are finished using CNC machinery, which includes drilling mounting hole patterns on the backs of dies. This process makes each thermoforming cutting die identical and interchangeable on the mounting plate.
Superior Steel Quality
We use steel that is much harder and tougher than other suppliers, lasting on average twice as long before sharpening is required. Chip outs found in the crotch area are also reduced when using BEST’s superior quality steel.
Salt Bath & Tempering Depth
All BEST hand-forged, thermoforming cutting dies are tempered in our in-house Salt Bath to a depth of 20-25mm (approximately 1/3 of total height), while the competition only tempers their forged cutting dies to a depth of typically 8-10mm. This added depth allows BEST thermoforming dies to be sharpened approximately twice as many times as dies made by other suppliers. More detailed information on the benefits of the Hand-Forged process and our in-house Salt Bath can be found in the Capabilities section of our webpage.
Thermoforming Die Chrome Plating & Finishing Applications
Every Cutting Die made by BEST is Chrome-Plated to 3/8” from the finished cutting edge as part of our all in-house standard process for thermoforming die applications. The Chrome-plating process provides many benefits as compared to painting, including: increased hardness, rust proofing and improved lubricity to help with the Ejectors. Every Die is also wax-dipped for cutting edge protection.
From Start To Finish, BEST Offers Incredible Thermoforming Application Options.
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Mold plate, New Die Sets, Thermoforming
Retrofit, Existing Die Sets, Thermoforming