Tips for Designing Cases for Portable Electronics

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Designing a carrying case for portable electronics is not as straightforward as it appears. These products have their function dictate their form so the carrying case will require specific areas of protection and access. Delicate internal components require protection from various elements and conditions. On a large production scale, overlooking specific design details could lead to poor integration or even battery drainage if the power button is interfered with by the case. Consequently, a poor design for a carrying case for portable electronics can lead to extra expense, inconsistent performance, and damage to your brand image.

Fortunately, it is possible to design a carrying case for portable electronics that meet your functionality, portability, and brand identity requirements.  To help you achieve great results, we offer some valuable tips to use in designing your carrying case.

Tip 1: Make Sure You Have Accurate Measurements – PRECISION MATTERS

Precision is particularly crucial when designing a carrying case for portable electronics.  Nothing is worse than having a poorly designed case causing issues in the field.  Providing CAD files and identifying specifically vulnerable areas is essential to designing a case that is highly functional and aesthetically on brand.   Most likely, you will need custom foam inserts to firmly hold your electronics in place and cushion them from shock. 

Rough treatment of electronic equipment is a precursor to disappointing outcomes. Most of the circuits rely on tiny swatches of soldering paste to keep them connected to the system. Also, plastic and soft metals make up the composition of most portable electronic devices. As a result, unbuffered shocks and vibrations can cause costly damage to your case’s electronic contents. 

The Tetrafab design team will help you configure the final arrangement of your devices within the carrying case.

Tip 2: Determining the Purpose of Your Carrying Case

A critical part of designing a carrying case is deciding which case style would meet your needs.  Tetrafab’s decades of experience with both soft sewn and EVA solutions is a great resource when determining the best solution for your needs.  Ultimately, you should form your decision based on the purpose of the case and the conditions it will encounter. All Tetrafab produced cases meet Federal guidelines in latching, thickness, and other government requirements.

Tip 3: Choose a Manufacturer with a Portable Electronics Background

All portable electronic devices are not the same so case requirements will be dictated by the device.  Some devices may prioritize protection while others may need superior venting.  In addition, you may have a concept that you believe will be hard to achieve. An experienced custom case manufacturer like Tetrafab can be a great asset in engineering solutions to diverse case requirements. Tetrafab works with engineers and designers on projects of all forms of complexity, including carrying cases for drones, test/measurement devices and medical devices.

Finishing Your Carrying Case Design with Confidence

There is no doubt that portable electronics have highly specific case requirements. These devices have very intricate and delicate components that make them unique. But you can be confident that any problem you encounter in designing your carrying case is solvable. If you have any other questions, contact Tetrafab.

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