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An item of carrying equipment known as a “hard case” is composed of molded plastic, aluminum, veneered or laminated wood, or various metals. They have features that provide additional protection and are the most reliable and secure type of carrying cases. Hard cases are a broad category that includes a variety of cases in different sizes to suit the requirements of the contents to be transported. They can be a few feet wide and high and have wheels for easy handling. Read More…

Hard Cases Hard cases are manufactured in many sizes, shapes and materials and are very common. Hard cases may be constructed from wood, aluminum, steel or plastics such as high density polyethylene (HDPE), fiberglass reinforced polyester (FRP), carbon fiber, rotationally molded polyethylene or linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE).
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Santa Maria, CA  |  805-928-8840

One of the top carrying case suppliers, Princeton Case West provides quality carrying cases, custom cases, shipping cases, plastic cases, aluminum cases, tool cases, computer cases, instrument cases, transit cases and ATA cases.

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Chicago, IL  |  773-585-1164

Our cases come in various configurations such as soft sewn cases, hard cases, model cases, exhibit cases, and more. We are experts in contract sewing and there is no project too complex for our experts. With manufacturing experience dating back to 1994 we are confident we can provide you with a top of the line custom carrying case.

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Custom Case Company, Inc. $$$

Baltimore, MD  |  410-547-7877

Packaging Strategies is a leading foam fabricator with over 30 years experience in the design and manufacturing of flexible foam packaging solutions and products. With state of the art in house engineering and computer controlled fabrication machinery PSI has become one of the leading suppliers in the industry. Services are inclusive of engineering and design, prototyping and sampling, CNC die cutting, CNC routing, CNC sawing tables, CNC laminating equipment as well as a host of conventional equipment. Foams products include flexible polyethylene’s, polyurethanes, cross linked. Specializing in case and container inserts and cushion and vibration analysis PSI is an excellent choice for your next project.

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Packaging Strategies, Inc. $$$

Pickerington, OH  |  800-515-1055

For over 30 years, Midwest Case Company has been a leader in delivering high-quality, affordable custom-carrying cases in any size or configuration. Our expert team works with our customers to ensure our products fit their needs and that they receive the personalized service they deserve. We specialize in distributing all major brands of carry cases like Pelican, SKB, Storm and Nanuk and we manufacture ATA Cases under the brand name of Cabbage Cases. Give us a call, we will treat you like family.

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Midwest Case Company $$$

North Highlands, CA  |  760-947-9579

With over 30 years of experience, we are the premiere manufacturer of custom cases here at Space Case Company. Our main focuses are on medical cases, product packaging, and industrial shipping cases. We continue to work hard and make improvements to ensure our customers are receiving high-quality products.

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Space Case Company $$$

West Deptford, NJ  |  800-505-8179

For over 75 years, Philly Case Company has been a leader in the carrying cases industry. We offer a wide variety of carrying cases with customization to fit our customer's needs. Our years of experience and expert team allow us to manufacture high-quality products while continuing to grow.

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Philly Case Company $$$
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Applications of Hard Cases

Hard cases offer the most protection of all case kinds. Aluminum, wood, plastic, titanium, and other materials can all be used to create hard casings. These cases have various uses, including shipping, protecting daily objects, and travel. Items like cosmetics, tools, glasses, medical supplies, electronics, and instruments can all be stored safely inside hard cases. Hard cases are strongly advised for storage to ensure that fragile, pricey, or breakable things travel from location to location undamaged. Some cases include handles and wheels that make moving them smoother and simpler. The storage of items including weapons, musical instruments, audio production gear, electronics, hearing aids, first aid supplies, and camping gear can be found in these cases, which are widely utilized in the music, optical, emergency, medical, travel, outdoor, business, athletics, and automobile sectors. Hard cases are also advised for jewels, paperwork, medical supplies, monitors, computers, and electronic equipment.

Hard Case for Gaming Accessories

Types of Hard Cases

Only a small selection of the various cases offered by hard case makers are represented by the samples of hard cases listed below. Aside from these select few, manufacturers can plan, develop, and engineer personal cases tailored to a given apparatus, tool, or application.

  • Instrument Cases
  • Shipping Cases
  • Shock Mount Cases
  • Waterproof Cases
  • Computer Cases
  • Gun Cases
  • Portfolio Cases
  • Tool Cases
  • Storm Cases
  • Catalog Cases
Wooden Hard Case for Guitar

How Hard Cases are Produced

A mold made from a case is used to produce hard plastic cases. Depending on the procedure, plastic may be heated to make it malleable or placed in the mold as solid resin pellets.

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Rotational Plastic Molding

Large plastic boxes with incredibly precise tolerances are made using rotational plastic molding. The procedure is divided into three steps, each involving rotating a mold. A frame with several axes of rotation is part of the rotational molding apparatus. The mold for the case is enclosed in the frame. Resin pellets are first added to the mold's two sides, then tightly sealed to begin the rotational molding process. As soon as the frame is loaded, it rotates and travels into the heating chamber, where the plastic resin melts and is evenly distributed to the mold's sides by the frame's rotation. It takes a while for the resin to melt and spread out completely, after which the rotational process begins. Finally, the revolving frame enters the cooling room, where the mold is cooled by water, air, or both after the molten plastic has been evenly distributed across its surface. The finished hard case shell is removed when it has cooled, ready for finishing, and the attachment of latches, hinges, and other parts.

Injection Molding

The same plastic resin used for rotational molding is also utilized for injection molding. When using injection molding, the resin is injected into a hopper attached to a barrel with a helical screw. The screw gently moves the solid resin pellets along the barrel after entering it. The barrel's length causes the pellets to heat up to the melting point. A nozzle attached to the hard case-shaped mold cavity is located at the end of the barrel. The molten plastic is pushed into the mold cavity under pressure until it completely covers its exterior. The finished item is cooled with water or oil after the required quantity of plastic has been placed into the mold.

Blow Molding

Forced air is used in blow molding to blow hot plastic fabric into a mold cavity. It is a technique for creating hollow plastic structures of all kinds. Like rotational molding, blow molding evenly and uniformly distributes plastic material across the surface of the mold. Plating plastic material to form a parison, which is attached to the mold, is the first step in the blow molding procedure. Then, to equally spread the parison around the interior of the mold and create the hard case, air under pressure is blasted into the cavity.

Materials Used for Manufacturing Hard Cases

  • Polyethylene (PE) Material
  • Aluminum
  • Wood Material
  • Fiberglass Reinforced Polyester

Advantages of Hard Cases

Given the rigorous treatment that airline luggage receives, frequent flyers prefer hard luggage to soft luggage. In a soft case, fragile items are more likely to break, and soft luggage is more likely to tear. Hardcovers can be specially created to safely store devices like electronic tablets and cell phones and shield them from damage if dropped. Electronic damage is significantly reduced because of the case's ability to deflect impact. For delicate products that must be exposed to conditions that could result in further damage, such as water or sand, hard cases that are water-tight and constructed of plastic are also available. These tools are kept safe, and the possibility of injury is reduced with sturdy carrying cases.

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