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Short Run CD Printing Project Packaging Considerations

Short Run CD Printing Project Packaging Considerations

When you begin to look into the packaging requirements for your project. You will discover that there is a huge array of different types of CD packaging available for a wide range of purposes. Your choices range from very simple. Short Run inexpensive packaging, such as plastic or paper wallets. Up to expensive, premium packaging types such as jakeboxes and bespoke printmetal tins.

Once again, the project budget will dictate the type of packaging you use but you will neto consider the intendend use of the packagCD. Also, you will neto decide whether or not you will use a professional service to pack your CDs and this depend upon the quantity of CDs you are hoping to package as well as the packaging type. For instance, packing 500 CDs into plastic wallets can be done by hand in a couple of hours but packing 500 CDs into jewel, inserting the necessary paper parts and then wrapping each unit with plastic overwrap would take days if you trito do this by hand. Most short run CD printing companies will have automatCD packaging facilities that can do this sort of packaging job very quickly.

The next section of this guide will help you to decide upon the best method of packaging your discs according to your particular short run CD printing project requirements:

Short Run Plastic or paper wallets

As mentioned, these are the cheapest option available and they offer little protection to the disc. They are obviously very lightweight and slim which means. That they are most often uswhen a disc is to be includin some sort of printmedia such as a magazine or brochure. They can securto a page within the media using glue spots to stop the disc and packaging from falling out. But protecting the page from damage when removed. Also useful if the CDs are to be given away at an exhibition or conference due to their low cost.

Card Wallets

Card wallets are a popular CD packaging choice due to their versatility. They are more robust than a plastic or paper wallet and offer better protection for the disc. The thicker the card stock usto make them, the better the protection offered. They can be digitally printand either matt or gloss laminatto give a really premium feel to the packaging.

Most CD card wallet suppliers will offer a range of variants that will hold either a single or multiple discs. These variants are made using different templates; some hold the disc in a horizontal “pocket” type slot and some hold the disc or discs between two layers of card, the discs being insertvia the open end of the packaging.

Their lightweight, slim characteristics make them ideal for sending CDs through the post and, very often, if you order a CD online you will receive it in this sort of packaging. A card wallet can also be uswhere the disc is to be includwith some form of printmedia, especially where the inclusion of instructions for use of the CD are requirand where indication or promotion of the contents is a project requirement.

For musicians who are selling audio CDs from a merchandise stall at a gig, CD card wallets are perfect as a large quantity of discs don’t take up too much room in the tour van but a good design and good quality wallet still means the purchasing fans are receiving a premium product.

Again, although more expensive than plastic or paper wallets, they are also great for giving away CDs at exhibitions if the project budget allows for it.

Jewel Cases Short Run

CD jewel cases are the standard packaging type most commonly associatwith audio CDs purchasin a high street music shop. They are made of a clear polycarbonate plastic and are roughly square in shape. They offer great protection for the disc and can accommodate an information booklet. This is particularly useful for audio CDs where the artist wants to include song lyrics and acknowledgements, and also for software discs where instructions for use of the software are required. The standard jewel case is designto take a booklet with up to 16 printpanels which equates to 4 sheets printon both sides, foldand staplalong the spine.

CD jewel cases are a great presentation method for CDs but they are not particularly good for sending discs through the mail. This is mainly due to their increasbulk comparwith a card wallet, but also because they are prone to shattering under heavy impact – particularly at the hinge points between the front and rear parts of the case. They would neto be well paddbefore sending through the post defeating the object of lowering postage costs.

If your project has encountera:

Requirement for additional storage and needs to be spread over multiple CDs, then there are jewel cases available that will accommodate up to 6 CDs. A case to house 2 discs will have a swinging disc tray that can hold a disc on either side and will be no more bulky than a standard CD jewel case. Cases housing more than 2 discs will have a thicker spine as they neto hold more than 1 CD tray inside. Conveniently, the paper parts still tend to be the same dimensions as those for a standard case.

Slim-line versions of the CD jewel case are also available, some of which do not require a printrear CD tray card, should the project budget not stretch to a full size case or a thinner case is requirfor posting out a disc. Be aware, though, that the slim-line cases tend to be less robust than the standard cases.

DVD Cases

These are the type of case you would normally associate with a DVD movie or PC/console game. They are generally about 190mm x 135mm with a 14mm wide spine and usually seen in black or clear form. Although they are available in a wide range of colours. The DVD style case has the addadvantage of being able to accommodate. A larger information booklet than a CD jewel case. They are made using polypropylene plastic which is more flexible. Less susceptible to impact damage than the polycarbonate jewel case.

DVD cases have a plastic liner adherto the outside which allows them to have a printwrapper inserton. The outside of the case. A case with a 14mm spine can contain up to 6 discs and there are also slim-line versions available. That can contain from 1 to 4 discs with a 7mm spine. There are many variants of this type of case which are commonly available. Will suit most short run CD printing projects. Whether you nea case for a single disc with a large amount of printmaterial to accompany it. Multiple discs or a combination of discs and printmaterial.

Clamshell cases or Trigger Cases

These CD cases made from a polypropylene plastic material that is flexible and very robust. They offer great protection for the CD and the discs can be packinto them very quickly.

Trigger in the top left corner opposite the open end of the case where the CD inserted. This mechanism has 2 functions. Firstly. It holds the CD inside the case and when pressed. The trigger mechanism pushes the CD out of the case just enough. That it can graspbetween two fingers and removfrom the case. The trigger mechanisms are usually brightly colourand. The cases are usually clear plastic so that the printCD surface can seen through the case.

The clamshell case has a hinge along one edge and one half has a mouldin stud which has 2 functions. The stud holds the CD securely in place and the 2 halves of the case clip together over it. Clamshell cases are available in a range of translucent colours. But most commonly seen mouldin clear plastic to allow the CD print to seen through the case.

These types of case are great for sending CDs through the post as they offer reliable protection. For the disc and they are slim and lightweight. The clamshell cases, in particular, can be obtainrelatively inexpensively. So are also great for handing out CDs at an industry show or exhibition.

Short Run Premium Packaging Types – Jakeboxes and Metal Tins

A jakebox is a card CD packaging type which contains a clever mechanism for securing the CD in place. When the box opened, the CD presentto the user held in a cardboard claw. It’s a very impressive type of packaging. Which can fully digitally printto give the end user a real WOW factor. The drawback is that they are expensive and are generally only usfor special. Limitedition releases where the user needs to given something extra for their money. Metal tins can also be printand can be forminto the desirshape, either a simple round tin. A DVD case siztin or a shape of your choice relating to the contents of the CD. Again, this is an expensive packaging type as a mould needs to made. Before hand to produce the tins and the material itself is more expensive than card or plastic.

Summary

Consider the intendend use for your short run CD printing project before selecting a packaging type. Do your research on-line to work out costs. Speak to suppliers for quotes and weigh up the cost of your time. Effort if you’re intending produce the packaging in-house, comparwith an outside supplier cost.

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