Almost every industry has highly specialized products that require storage and transport. When you develop a new product, you’ll also need to carefully select the right case to protect and carry it. For this reason, many case manufacturers offer a wide selection of pre-developed carrying cases designed to store a wide range of products, from surgical equipment to advanced tech devices.
However, you may have difficulty finding a pre-developed carrying case that precisely stores your products, meets your transport requirements, cradles tools with sharp edges, or protects highly fragile items. If you can’t find one or want to make sure that your case is perfectly designed for your product, your best option is to design a custom carrying case. Here are some essential details to consider while creating a custom case for your new product.
Before you start creating your carrying case, you need to consider the details of the process, such as your design tools, how you’ll collaborate with the manufacturer and your production run. In terms of design tools, you can always start by drafting your design with a pencil, ruler, and paper. However, you can create a more powerful rendering of your case design with a graphic app like Adobe Illustrator or Audio Desk 3D Max. These apps add 3D dimension to your case design rendering, and they help our designers translate your concepts.
Tetrafab can convert your sketch or Adobe file into a 3D CAD file. Once they complete that process, they work closely with you to finalize the design. After you approve the sample run, mass production of your custom carry case will start. It’s as simple as that. The only remaining decision is the number of cases you want.
One of the key considerations in your design is the level of support you need for your product. For example, some fragile items require extra padding, while multi-part products may need multiple compartments with individual sleeves to protect each component.
For support for fragile items, we recommend cases made of thermoformed Ethylene-Vinyl Acetate (EVA). It is a multi-purpose material that provides optimal support by conforming to your delicate products’ shape. In addition, with products that may be damaged by the elements, your carrying case should have water-resistant material like neoprene or treated polyester. In addition, you may consider whether your carrying cases need feet on the back, wheels, or handles to make them easier to move.
While designing your carry case, you should consider how your bags will be transported. For example, light to medium-strength carrying cases are suitable for infrequent and light handling. On the other hand, heavy-duty cases can take rough treatment from baggage handlers and conveyor belts, allowing them to endure transport by boat, trains, and delivery trucks.
Carrying cases with neoprene material that offers built-in shock absorption is a great choice if you know that rough transport is possible. EVA cases are excellent for frequent and turbulent transportation because of their durability. In addition, EVA produces a complex shell effect that is perfect for medical and electronic products.
The level of protection your carrying cases will need depends on the type of products they will contain. With an attractive, professional look, light-duty and medium-duty cases are ideal for in-expensive items like OEM packaging, sales kits, and light product samples.
Medium duty carrying cases work well for occasional airline travel with products that are too fragile for light-duty cases. They are also helpful for storing sales kits for representatives who use air travel from time to time. However, for exceptionally fragile and valuable items, we recommend heavy-duty cases with EVA exteriors and linings because these cases provide the most protection.
If your business is in the medical or tech industry, product sorting within the carrying case may be a top priority for functional reasons. Fortunately, with the help of our designers, it is possible to create the configuration you need.
For example, a carrying case design for an automatic external defibrillator (AED) requires compartments for self-adhesive pads, spare electrodes, a razor, and connection wires. In addition, all these items need to reside in the case in a particular arrangement.
Pre-designed cases limit your ability to properly protect your product or to ensure ease of use. When you opt for custom-designed cases, you get to choose everything from the durability of your case to the compartments it features.
If you’re ready to design the perfect case for your new product, contact us today to get started. Our team of expert designers can help bring your ideas to life with a case that enhances and protects your products and ensures that they can be used properly.