Universal Plastics has a strong expertise in thermoforming medical devices for customers ranging from leading medical device OEMs to venture-stage companies for a variety of end uses including covers, enclosures and panels. Thermoforming is the process of choice for many manufacturers of medical devices and equipment. Custom thermoformed parts are used as enclosures, housings or covers for the mechanical or electronic components in medical devices and equipment. Universal Plastics uses the highest quality plastic materials which meet UL 94 V-O and FDA requirements. From flame retardant ABS, to PVC and chemical resistant HDPE and Kydex, we work with leading companies for a number of standard and specialty materials, based on your needs. The experts in our design & engineering team can provide you with guidance on the optimal material needed for your part and other key considerations for manufacturability. Click here to read about Universal’s Medical Expertise in the article from D2P Magazine. To discuss how Universal Plastics can meet your  thermoforming needs, please contact us.

Why Thermoforming for Medical Devices and Components?

Custom thermoforming provides an economical and attractive solution to manufacturing quality, large and aesthetically pleasing enclosures, panels, trays, covers and sidewalls. Thermoforming medical devices offers lower cost tooling for large part production and much quicker lead times to market which is often important in the medical device field. Universal’s thermoformed plastic part can be combined with sheet metal components in order to unlock the benefits of both materials for your product. Universal has the expertise, engineering assistance and proven experience to make your custom thermoforming medical device needs a reality. Universal Plastics also offers injection molding, so we can work with you to understand the best manufacturing process for you based on your part volume, design and other needs. We pride ourselves on our ability to offer unbiased, process-agnostic advice and multiple production processes for high mix / low volumes, low mix / high volumes and the breadth in between.


  • Medical Equipment covers
  • Sidewalls, user interface panels
  • Bezels and enclosures
  • Internal components
  • Work-in-progress trays
  • Hospital room panels

Universal Plastics is your company of choice for all your custom thermoformed medical device needs, including:

  • Thermoformed medical enclosures
  • Thermoformed medical panels
  • Thermoformed medical components

Thermoformed Medical Device Materials and Compliance:

Universal Plastics has a long history of experience in meeting the stringent global safety standards which medical equipment manufacturers are held to; our custom thermoforming process provides materials and procedures that comply with these standards. Universal Plastics uses a variety of thermoplastic materials that meet UL94-V0 flammability. Medical device equipment companies have selected Universal Plastics as their custom thermoformer of choice due to our:

  • Low upfront tooling investment for multiple part assemblies
  • Competitive component cost
  • Rapid development times
  • Flexibility
  • Ability to handle high mix, low volume
  • Excellent finish of thermoformed medical device components

Medical Device Thermoforming Capabilities at Universal Plastics:

Universal Plastics is the largest precision heavy gauge custom thermoformer in the Northeastern US with an asset base of 22 pressure formers, 14 vacuum formers and 26 5-axis trimming machines, supplying our customers with vacuum forming, pressure forming, including twin sheet forming and complex assemblies, with part sizes up to 12’ x 9’. In addition, we offer in-house tooling, an experienced engineering staff, and a full complement of secondary/finishing services, including our new state of the art paint booths which can produce automotive quality finishes. With a range of rotary formers, rapid manufacturing processes, and a global supply chain, we can produce thermoformed parts at the most competitive prices.

In addition to custom thermoforming, Universal Plastics has deep expertise in medical across its other processes — we also offer injection molding (including gas assist and structural foam molding) and custom blow molding. We would be glad to talk with you about the optimal process for your medical device needs.