Asymmetric incremental sheet forming (AISF) is a new sheet metal forming process in which sheet metal parts are produced by CNC-controlled movements of a simple ball-headed forming tool. Despite its flexibility and successful application in many cases, AISF has not yet been established in an industrial context due to some still existing process limits such as severe thinning, which strongly depends on the inclination of the part surface, as well as a limited geometric accuracy due to springback. Furthermore, there is little knowledge available about the properties of parts produced by AISF, especially in comparison to deep-drawn parts. The aim of the present paper is to compare cylindrical cups manufactured by deep-drawing and AISF regarding the resulting strain and thickness distribution. For AISF, different forming strategies were applied. Comparisons of the wall thickness and surface strain distributions show similar results for the cup produced by deep-drawing and the best cup produced by AISF, but the surface strains and the sheet thinning in the parts formed by AISF were larger than in the deep-drawn part.