Thermoforming Packaging Outlook

When it comes to custom packaging, thermoforming is about as literal as you can get. 

Design and personalization appear in all of our projects. But when it comes to truly crafting packaging around a product, thermoforming provides the best amount of customization. This style of personalized packaging takes a sheet of plastic that is heated until pliable, and then molded to the desired shape. You've experienced a variety of thermoformed packaging, and maybe not even realized it. For example, any time you have opened medicine in a plastic container with a foil back... That's blister packaging. If you've slid a plastic tray out of a box... That's a thermoformed tray. 

The incredible array of possibilities for thermoforming is part of what makes it such a dynamic industry. Digital Journal projects that the market for thermoformed trays, blister packs, and more will see steady growth through at least 2026. Plastic trays and custom plastic packaging have become an important aspect of packaging. As more and more people turn to shopping online, the need for packaging stability and protection increase. Not to mention the ability to capture freshness and keep products firmly sealed. 

 

How Industries are Personalizing Thermoforming

When it comes to specific industries, thermoforming allows them to not only package with integrity, but also with precision and intentionality. 

Take a look at the image to the side. These cosmetics are packed in safely and securely, but also with an element of presentation. All users who purchase this product will be able to have a consistent experience, from any part of the country.  Not to mention that these containers, otherwise fragile and full of precious substance, are protected from the potential pitfalls of transit and retail shoppers. 

Healthcare packaging is another industry which often uses thermoforming. We discussed pill packaging above, but this style of single-servings also helps with compliance packaging. Compliance packaging ensures that users are taking the correct dosage/amount at the right time. Adding features to the packaging design, like a clock or other graphics, along with the individual blisters, assists users in being responsible and understanding how their medication works. 

Thermoforming Market Growth

These two industries are hardly the only ones out there using thermoformed trays, blister packs, etc. The food industry, horticulture, electronics/technology, and more have adopted thermoformed products as part of their packaging lineup. Learn more about the options we can provide to you to keep products safe and sound through our thermoforming options!

Custom Thermoforming Materials

Custom thermoforming serves a variety of industries. Its versatility is due to the process, which can work with a variety of plastics. Focusing on molding heated plastic, thermoforming is a growing industry serving many other industries, from healthcare to technology. Packaging systems can communicate value to customers. Custom thermoforming is an ideal solution that protects and organizes materials, creating a great experience for users. The aeasthetics don’t stop there, with a variety of plastics used for thermoforming.

These plastic thermoforming materials each have their own qualities and benefits.  Here’s a rundown of some of the materials with which we work at Sunrise Packaging (Blaine, Minnesota). 

Custom Thermoforming Materials & Properties

PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate)Thermoformend trays for the health and beauty products.

PET is a super-clear material, affording customers a great view of a product (we love it for custom vacuum-forming in retail packaging). Another reason why it’s popular? It’s easily recyclable. 

PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride)

PVC is one of the strongest custom thermoforming materials, but just as malleable as any other. PVC is versatile in other ways as well. It can be translucent or colored, opaque or clear. It’s also recyclable, of course. 

 PETG (modified Polythylene Terephthalate)

PETG is a modified version of PET that turns it it into a cross between PET and PVC.  It has a lower melting point than PET, and retains the strength and versatility of PVC. 

RPET (Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate)

Noticing a trend? PET is a popular base for custom thermoforming. This version–RPET–is made from recycled PET. It’s slightly weaker than standard PET, though. 

PS (Polystyrene)

Polystyrene is among the hardest and stiffest custom thermoforming materials. It’s a popular option for anything that needs to be punched or cut (think CD cases, smoke detectors, etc). 

Custom Thermoforming Applications

These different materials each have slightly different benefits and uses. Depending on what you need from your packaging, Sunrise can recommend the perfect solution.  Contact us today to learn more!

Thermoformed Trays Add A Little Something Extra

When it comes to packaging, there’s a lot of emphasis on the outside. Think of a birthday present. If two presents are placed in front of you–one with a sleek, crisp package, the other in a paper bag–which do you want to open first? While the outside of the packaging might be what attracts customers in the first place, it’s what’s inside that retains them. This is where thermoformed trays take center stage…or rather, they provide the center stage. Thermoformed trays for the health and beauty products.

Thermoformed trays are essentially plastic trays, heated and molded into custom shapes and sizes to ensure that your products are held firmly in place. They create a veritable stage for your products. Trays can be placed inside nearly any kind of container, from the popular cigar box to a turned-edge binder.  It’s a versatile solution that many industries include in their packaging designs.  

Here are a few more reasons why this type of custom insert works well for so many different needs: 

Thermoformed Trays Offer Products: 

Protection

To go back to the birthday present example, the only thing more disappointing than a poorly-wrapped present is a broken one. Thermoformed trays are customized to your product, ensuring that it is secure within the larger package. 

Safety

Healthcare packaging and medical device packaging typically utilize thermorformed trays for safety reasons. This industry, focused on life-saving tools and equipment, needs to have their tools safely stored in place where it’s easy to find and use them. 

Organization

Whatever you happen to be packaging with your product, thermoformed trays can keep everything in order. Trays allow you to help customers move through products sequentially.Oor if there are other inserts, to ensure that the most important or relevant ones are easily accessible. 

Ready to Learn More?

Thermoforming is a highly-customizeable process. It starts with designing a layout for your product, selecting materials, and finally moving into the final stages of your custom packaging needs.  Whether you are looking for sustainable, economical, or something else, Sunrise has a solution. Get started today.

Remembering Prince: Keepsake Boxes

Just over a year ago, Minnesota lost one of its most famous citizens. Prince Rogers Nelson (known as Prince for the majority of his career) died in his Chanhassen home last April. In the time since his passing, remembrances have popped up in different ways. On the anniversary of his death, Minnesota landmarks glowed purple (and beyond Minnesota as well). His ex-wife, Mayte Garcia, has published a memoir. And box sets, like this one which Sunrise created for him, take on the role of keepsake boxes.

Prince keepsake boxes

Custom Promotional Packaging Turned Keepsake Boxes

This custom promotional box housed box set “One Nite Alone…Live!.”  The box contains a thermoformed tray, designed to fit three discs of live music spanning decades. Not only is it a great example of presentation packaging, but the attention to detail is evident. From the piano key-influenced box sides to the thumb holes, aiding the user in opening the package. Ever cognizant of his users, this allows fans to open the box without potentially harming the discs.

How Keepsake Boxes Keep Memories Alive

Keepsake boxes might have a reputation for being the domain of the sentimental. But in reality, it’s simply about holding on to memories that have a tangible representation. Like holding on to concert tickets that remind music lovers of the experience of seeing their favorite acts live. Or an autographed piece of memorabilia. Anything with significance to the owner of the box gives it value and staying power.

Keepsake boxes, or grief memory boxes, can actually help the grieving process. They can act as a central space for people to remember someone who was important to them. In a sense, they can actually contain the grief of a person. This aids in emotional regulation and processing. It helps people face pain and grief instead of avoiding it. When it comes to the passing of mega-stars, like Prince, keepsake boxes can act as connections between people. They increase communication by encouraging contributions, sharing memories, and engaging in a collective, cultural experience.

Personalized and Customized

One of the world’s most prolific songwriters, Prince was known for the level of customization he brought to his craft. Prince’s sense of style and presentation extended past his flamboyant stage presence. He carefully controlled his image and merchandise. Additionally, he was proud of his Minnesota roots, and sought out local businesses to patronize. These albums are ideal keepsake boxes for fans who will forever miss this artist.