Common Thermoforming Materials

Mayfield Plastics uses a variety of plastic materials with unique properties and characteristics. We have a strong network of industry-leading suppliers who provide us with high quality materials for every custom thermoforming application. Some commonly used materials are listed below:

Name Chemical Name Description/Properties
ABS Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene Very commonly used
Available in a variety of colors and textures
Good resistance to impact
Available in flame retardant grades (UL94-V0)
Acrylic Polymethyl Methacrylate, Plexiglass Clear material
Available in a variety of colors
Easy to fabricate
Resistant to abrasion
Impact resistant grades available
HDPE High Density Polyethylene Impact resistant
Chemical resistant
Resistant to cold temperatures
Less dimensionally stable than other materials
HIPS High Impact Polystyrene Available in many colors
Low cost
Easy to form
KYDEX PMMA/PVC blend Good for general purposes
Available in a variety of colors and textures
Impact resistant
Chemical resistant
Highly cosmetic
Available in flame retardant grades (UL94-V0)
PC Polycarbonate Clear material
Very good impact strength
Resistant to high temperatures
PEI Polyetherimide, Ultem Natural amber-colored material
Autoclavable
Very resistant to high temperatures
PETG Polyethylene Terephthalate Glycol Clear material
Forms well
Impact resistant
PP Polypropylene Similar to HDPE
Chemical resistant
Rigid & impact resistant
Resistant to higher temperatures
Dimensionally not as stable as other materials
PVC Polyvinyl Chloride Limited availability
Rigid & impact resistant
Available in flame retardant grades (UL94-V0)
TPO Thermoplastic Polyolefin Available in a high gloss finish
Excellent impact resistance
Difficult to form, especially deep draw shapes
Good for outdoor products

For more information on materials used and to discuss what may work best for your needs, contact us.

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