Custom cases can serve a number of unique purposes for businesses across a variety of industries. From housing tools and equipment to creating awesome promotional items for employees and clients, custom cases are a great investment. But first, you have to design your own unique custom cases.
You may have the image of the ideal carrying case for your company in your head. But it can be difficult to express your concept to others verbally. Now, you can design the perfect case for your needs in a few simple steps without any prior design experience. All you need to start is an idea of the appearance and function of your case.
Decide on the Purpose
Before starting the design process, it’s important to refine the functions and roles your cases will serve. You can make this task simpler by asking yourself whether your cases will:
Specifically defining the use of your case will help you decide on things like what materials, colors, and dimensions to use. Is someone in your company already using the equipment that the case will be for? It’s a good idea to get some input on how they would design a case. You may discover specific needs, like additional pockets or padding that can help you to better design your case.
Step 1: Choosing The Type of Material For Your Case
Once you have clearly defined the function of your case, you can begin the design process by choosing from a wide selection of high-quality materials.
Developed by a Dupont scientist in 1930, neoprene is a synthetic rubber superior to natural rubber in strength and hardness. Plus, it is resistant to water, oil, and solvents. There is a high demand for neoprene because its built-in shock absorption is ideal for transporting delicate electronic devices and components. Also, because neoprene accepts lamination, you can use a variety of colors and textures for designing the cases’ exterior. As a result, it is a popular material for creating tough, protective, versatile, and stylish carrying cases.
Nylon is the overwhelming favorite choice of material for commercial cases. Besides being versatile, expandable, rugged, and water-resistant, nylon is available in a broad assortment of colors and thread sizes suitable for exteriors and interiors. If you need durable cases for heavy use, nylon can endure punishment and hold its color over the long haul. In addition, since we provide various denier counts, nylon cases have many product applications.
If you don’t require optimal durability, polyester is a low-cost alternative to traditional nylon. This man-made fiber is long-lasting. But it is more suited for less demanding functions and lighter use duties. Although this material is not water-resistant, polyester’s versatility makes it ideal for various product applications. In addition, polyester doesn’t shrink, holds its shape, dries quickly, and resists fading.
Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) is also known as vinyl. Along with being abrasion and moisture resistant, PVC is super versatile, strong, and long-lasting. Plus, it gives you limitless design options because it’s compatible with lamination, weaving, embossing, and heat sealing. For these reasons, PVC is a safe and valuable alternative to leather.
Since it has rubber-like properties, ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) is ideal for protecting fragile equipment and sensitive electronics without sacrificing durability and rigidness. EVA is an elastomeric polymer with low-temperature toughness and high resistance to heat, UV radiation, cracking, and stress. Besides being adaptable to many applications, our proprietary lamination process makes EVA form a stronger bond to cover material than foam.
Step 2: Look and Shape
While determining the appearance and shape of your cases, keep your original concept in mind as you choose the critical components of your design. The key element in determining the look and shape of your cases is selecting the appropriate style, such as:
Your next step is to decide whether to include foam inserts in the interior as added protection or departmentalization. If you need a snug fit for unique shaped items, make sure to keep this in mind as you’re choosing a shape for your case.
To create the perfect case for your business, you must take exceedingly precise measurements. Keep in mind that many cases have extra padding. So, the exterior height, width, and length may differ from the interior. Our expert designers can offer additional guidance in this department.
Step 3: Branding
While you’re designing your cases, don’t forget to consider how you can brand them to match your company’s unique style. Your design can include details that will appeal to your customers and stakeholders. To that end, Tetrafab can screenprint, sew, or rubber stamp your company’s logo onto your cases. You can also choose from an extensive color palette and other details that can set your brand apart from the competition.
Ready to Finalize
After you have completed your case design, our designers will collaborate with you and your team to finalize the design. Then, your cases will be ready for production after the samples pass inspection. Working with our team to design your cases helps to ensure that you get exactly the product you have in mind.