Packaging experts know that you create the package to fit the product, but what do you do when the product isn’t available? How do you package something that doesn’t exist yet, or may still be in the design phase?
In the past, the only answer to the above questions was to wait for the product to be ready. With the adoption of 3D printing technology (left) at our Package Design Centers in Atlanta and Chicago, xpedx is eliminating the waiting game and delivering packaging that improves our customer’s speed to market for new products.
What is 3D Printing?
3D printing is just what it sounds like, printing a three-dimensional solid object from a digital file. The process uses resin to “build” the object layer by layer, accounting for different shapes and sizes along the way. It can even account for movable parts, like the rolling mechanism of an adjustable wrench, which just so happens to be one of the first things we printed in Atlanta (pictured with other 3D printed items below).
Benefits to Packaging
The key advantage of 3D printing for package design is the ability to create, or replicate, a product that may not fully exist yet. Customers provide us with a digital file of what their product will be, and we can use 3D printing technology to make a prototype. From there, we can create packaging that will fit the product’s unique size and shape.
By designing the packaging while the product is being made, xpedx helps our customers get their product to market faster. They no longer have to wait for the product to be ready before they can think about packaging. This now happens simultaneously, saving our customers both time and money.
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