The creative process for custom-made packaging
The process of designing effective, attractive rigid packaging begins with an idea. We could start with your idea, or you can brief us to develop concepts from scratch.
Years of experience in the packaging industry has given us a wealth of design knowledge – our creativity is perfectly balanced by practical understanding.
CAD designs and virtual prototypes
Our designers use advanced 3D computer aided design (CAD) software. You’ll be able to see the designs from every angle – even sitting on the shelf. The level of detail provided by CAD images removes the need to create a physical prototype, although we can produce a real-life prototype if you require one.
- Our detailed knowledge of raw materials and production techniques ensures your packaging will be produced in the most appropriate material – for your purpose and your budget.
- Food grade clear PVC can be used for food products where freezing is not involved.
- Clear PET is the best choice for recyclability.
- High Impact Polystyrene is ideal where there are any concerns about active ingredients or reactions.
Once the virtual or physical prototype is signed off, we move to the tooling stage. Aluminium is our preferred tooling material, because it produces the best result at the best price. But we also use resin for tooling in situations where volumes are lower. Knife design is crucial where smooth edges are required. When tooling is complete, samples will be produced for your sign off.
Our equipment and processes
We’re equipped with both thermoforming and injection molding equipment.
Thermoforming is known for its flexibility in tooling and engineering, and its fast set-up.
It involves preheating a flat sheet of plastic and bringing it into contact with a mold. The process offers close tolerances, tight specifications and sharp detail for your custom plastic parts.
Injection molding involves feeding material into a heated barrel, where it is mixed and forced into a mold cavity. It cools and hardens to the configuration of the cavity. We always choose the process that’s most suitable for your project