Mar 17, 2023
I once received a USB flash drive in the shape of my favourite cartoon character, and it has been one of my prized possessions ever since. It leaves a lasting impression if you receive something out of the ordinary, like a custom-shaped USB. That's why promotional flash drives are a popular corporate giveaway for companies looking to promote their brand uniquely and memorably.
However, creating custom-shaped USB drives requires design skills, technical know-how, and a deep understanding of the manufacturing process. In this blog, we'll explain the steps involved in creating custom USB drives in the shape of your logo or product.
Conceptual design: Create a design concept first for your promotional USB flash drive. This could be in the form of the product you offer, the shape of your company's logo, or any other distinctive shape that signifies your brand. We advise you to collaborate with a graphic designer to produce a 3D rendering of the design to make sure it is practical and adheres to the manufacturing process limitations.
Material Selection: The next step is to select the material for your personalised USB drive. Metal, PVC, and silicone are typical choices. Every material has benefits and drawbacks, so it's crucial to pick one that matches your requirements and price range.
Prototype Creation: The personalised flash drive can be prototyped once the design and material have been decided upon. This lets you make any necessary modifications before the final manufacturing run after seeing how the final product will look like.
Mould creation: The next step is to create the mould or tooling for the branded thumb drive. This phase is essential since it defines the accuracy and quality of the finished product. To guarantee it fulfils the required specifications, the tooling is produced by a sophisticated machine and must undergo rigorous testing.
Mass production: The USB drive is produced in bulk using the mould. Molten PVC or another material is poured into the freshly made mould. The material then cools and solidifies, creating the final product.
Assembly and Testing: Once the custom-shaped USB shell cases have been moulded, they are assembled and tested to ensure they meet quality standards. Additionally, if the preloaded data service has been opted for, the necessary digital data is uploaded at this time.
Packaging: Custom-shaped flash drives are then packaged as a last step to protect them further and improve their overall presentation. This could be something as basic as a resealable plastic bag or a custom gift box. Additional accessories like a keyring loop, ball chain attachment, or mini lanyard could be attached.
We hope this post sheds light on how custom-shaped USB flash drives are made. By following these steps, you can have logo-shaped promotional USBs that can create a unique and memorable branded product that will help promote your brand and leave a lasting impression on your customers.