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Hard plastic phone cases with printing on them

Discussion in 'Product and Supplier Referrals' started by Kemble, Nov 16, 2012.

  1. Kemble

    Kemble Member

    Aug 27, 2007
    I'm curious... I see all those Celaris stores and "no name/mom pop" mall kiosks all over the place that sell those design printed iphone plastic cases that snap right over your iphone 3, 4/4S, and 5 and was wondering... How do they make those? What manufacturing process is it that prints on hard plastic iphone cases? Is it flat plastic that is printed on then molded into the phone case or blank white cases that are printed on all sides?
  2. Naskhan

    Naskhan New Member

    Apr 21, 2011
    I think they use a dye sub process on an already formed case.
  3. mgcustomgraphics

    mgcustomgraphics Member

    Jul 18, 2012
    could be hydrographics
  4. toomeycustoms

    toomeycustoms Member

    Nov 18, 2008
    Nor Cal
    We researched this recently and there are a few different techniques. The cases with printing on the sides are usually sublimation that is vacuum heat pressed onto preformed cases. If the design is just printed on the back, it could be sublimated on a aluminum/plastic insert and then glued to the case.

    You will need at least $10k for equipment and supplies for the vacuum press and printer and it will only press about 1 every 2 minutes not including printing time. If you want a production oven setup, expect to shell out $30k for a turnkey system.

    If your happy with just printing on the back, Conde Systems has some packages that use a sublimation printer and heat press .

    In the end we ended up going with Case-mate. They have a B2B program and use the vacuum press system for printing on all sides. You upload design, they print and ship to you or customer. Less profit per piece, but much less work and no overhead.

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