A thermoformed plastic enclosure that is about the size of a desktop printer is a first place winner in the "Heavy-Gauge, Pressure-Formed" category at the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Thermoforming Division's annual parts competition.
The enclosure, developed for a DNA sequencer, is interesting because it shows some of the capabilities of the thermoforming process.
Some of the enclosure's panels incorporate complex shapes, undercut features, and deep draw features. "Lots of people would look at this enclosure and think, 'that has to be injection-molded,'" said Jason Middleton, Ray Product's VP sales and development. "This enclosure really demonstrates what's possible with pressure forming, and how Ray Products has embraced technology to get here."