What is Thermoforming?

For those of you who may not be familiar with the process of thermoforming, it is essentially heating a plastic sheet to the point where it becomes malleable enough to mold. It is used in a variety of applications and broken into two main subsections; thin guage and heavy gauge.

Thin Gauge:

Roll-fed or thin gauge thermoforming deals with molding material that is between 0.005″ to 0.080″ (up to 1/16″) in thickness.

This method of forming is commonly seen in retail spaces and is generally used as a means of packaging. It’s applications include; blister packs, trays, clamshells, among others.

Take a look at our products category and you can get a first-hand look at what thin-gauge forming looks like. Some examples of our previous work include:

Heavy Gauge:

Sheet-fed or heavy gauge thermoforming is used when molding material that is between 0.020″ to 0.500″ (up to 1/2″) in thickness.

Heavy gauge thermoforming can sometimes be overlooked by consumers as it’s not normally used as the forefront of a display piece. Many of our clients have used this method of forming for applications such as dunnage, vehicle underbody protection, milk carton display in large supermarkets and for specialty projects such as our foot brace.

If you have any questions regarding these methods and which one might be suitable for your project, please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help guide you through the process.


Industry Experts

With over 30 years in the industry, we have helped businesses of all sizes develop and produce high quality thermoformed solutions.

Custom Thermoformers

As a custom thermoformer, we take care to understand the needs of our clients and provide them with product options that are viable and suited specifically for their business.

Personalized Support

At Shepherd Thermoforming, our clients are not numbers, as such, each inquiry and account is treated with the utmost care to ensure your satisfaction.

All-In-One Solutions

We pride ourselves on our team of highly skilled account managers, designers, engineers and production staff who are ready to help bring your concept to life.