A custom designed package should fit like a well-tailored glove. Computer aided design (CAD) systems can help you create beautiful yet functional packaging and display projects specifically tailored to your needs, including folded cartons, product packaging, direct mail, POP displays and more. Read on for Apex Die's overview of how the CAD process can make a difference in your next project.
Advantages of CAD Systems
Die makers equipped with in-house CAD systems help you:
Successfully execute your vision — CAD technology enables die makers to create a custom packaging design and sample to your exact specifications. Ultimately, CAD systems help you arrive at a finished product whose design, functionality and cost closely matches your unique needs.
More efficiently create your project — Pre-CAD technology, finishers had to wait for press sheets and art boards before creating a design. CAD systems eliminate time-consuming handwork and reduce the need for costly sample reproductions, allowing Apex Die to more efficiently produce your custom package or display.
Ensure better quality — CAD-driven technology allows die making and finishing companies to fabricate steel rule dies directly from digital die-line files. By eliminating hand tooling, CAD systems contribute to the improved accuracy of die making systems.
Check back here next week for tips on submitting die line files for CAD-based projects.
Die File Submission Tips for CAD Projects
Involving your finisher as early as possible in your project's conceptual stages will help ensure that your project turns out the way you want. Here are some recommendations to keep in mind when submitting die line files to your finisher:
Send an appropriate file format - Most CAD programs need to "read" your die line file information to reproduce the die line. Certain formats work better than others for this purpose. Programs such as Quark are not conducive to manipulation and should therefore be avoided.
While a PDF is the easiest file format for us to work with, Apex Die also accepts files in the following formats, for both Mac and PC platforms:
- Illustrator 9.0
Remove any "hidden" elements - Occasionally files are sent with "hidden" or embedded lines. Though these lines aren't always visible on screen, the die maker's CAD program will read them. This will cause the router problems, which may not be caught until the die is on press, leading to production delays. Be sure to check for any hidden layers in your file.