It's funny how many things we use every day. From the computer you're reading this on to the car you'll drive when you go to the store. Things surround us, but we seldom wonder how they came to be. You won't be surprised that many of these things are plastic, and a fair majority of them have come to be because of custom plastic thermoforming process.
You might not realize it at the moment, but plastic thermoforming impacts your life more than you might think. In fact, throughout your life you can trace the impact of plastic thermoforming. Don't believe me? Read on. First consider where you were born. No, not the city or the state - but the room you came into kicking and screaming. Chances are you entered this world into a brightly lit, sterilized, and hectic delivery or operating room. Inside that delivery room were plenty of surgical implements and medical devices. Many of them (like the medical tray the doctor used) were created with plastic thermoforming.
Years later, after hundreds of diapers, baby formula, and many sleepless nights for your parents, you might have gotten involved in youth sports. Whether it was soccer, football, rugby, or high-stakes cage fighting (let's hope not), the protective equipment that kept your face intact, your teeth in your head, and all of your body parts in working order was likely custom thermoformed in a manufacturing plant, using special polymers, custom molds, specialized thermoforming equipment, and a variety of finishing methods.
At some point, after your youthful days you inevitably found yourself in the adult world. Chances are, you moved into your first home, bought plenty of thermoformed plastic products, bought a car (with a custom thermoformed interior), and filled your cupboards with reusable thermoformed plastic food containers that rarely could be paired with their matching tops.
At this point, it's not my goal to be morbid or depressing, but one day you might find yourself back in a hospital. You know, the whole 'circle of life' aspect of life. Chances are when that happens (and hopefully, it won't happen for a very long time) you'll find yourself once again surrounded by custom thermoformed products like medical trays and thermoformed bedpans. At that point - you shouldn't feel bad if you don't give all of the plastic in your life a second thought, just don't miss the bedpan.