As the world leader in heavy-gauge thermoforming, Penda offers an unmatched array of thermoforming capabilities to meet an increasingly wide array of customer challenges. By applying lean processes, unique work cells and other smart approaches, we're doing it all more efficiently and cost-effectively than ever.

Every Penda project is supported by collaborative engineering, refined processes, and a wide range of value-added capabilities to provide a system solution you can count on.

When you work with Penda, we'll see to it that you get every advantage of thermoformed plastic for your application.

The Penda Thermoforming Difference

Thermoforming Advantages

Thermoforming, a fabricating process that involves heating a plastic sheet and forming it over a male or female mold, offers a variety of advantages over other materials and processes:

  • Lower tooling costs
  • Lower prototyping costs
  • Lower part weight
  • Lower material costs
  • Larger parts
  • Faster time to market
  • Fewer VOCs
  • Better surface quality
  • Greater flexibility to modify designs

Penda's design and engineering experts are ready to help you achieve these advantages through a material conversion to thermoformed plastics.

Advanced Techniques

Penda's wide array of heavy-gauge thermoforming technologies and techniques accommodate an increasingly wide range of customer needs.

Twin Sheet Thermoforming

A process involving vacuum and pressure forming of two plastic sheets simultaneously by using opposing molds and welding the two halves together while they are still quasi-molten. The result is a hollow finished piece which looks like an enclosure. Advantages include:

  • Tight dimensional specs rivaling injection molding
  • Intricate detail on outer part surface
  • Materials of the two half parts optimized for weight and performance
  • Enhanced structural performance

Twin Sheet Composite Thermoforming

A process involving twin sheet thermoforming around a rigid core such as aluminum honeycomb or foam to form a composite structure. Advantages include:

  • A rigid core with the attractive outer appearance of a twin sheet part
  • Cores can be designed with hardware attachment points and significant structural integrity
  • Polyurethane foam injected into the thermoformed part to provide dimensional integrity and stiffness