Materials Matter: Part 3 — Wood/Composite Transport Cases: An Old Standby
So far in our series, you’ve learned a bit about plastic and aluminum case materials, and you’ve learned a lot about how choosing the right material for transport cases requires thought and consideration. As we like to say, a box is certainly not a box. Here, in Part 3 of our “Materials Matter” series, we give you a rundown of the tried and true wood/composite case. Put to work long ago to haul everything from pirate treasures to the Baroque harpsichord, there’s a reason this material is still being used for custom cases hundreds of years later. Following are a few of the features behind these all-time favorite custom cases.
They’re trusted. This one goes back to the long history of wood/composite materials in case manufacturing. As any businessperson knows, a product that stands the test of time is a product worthy of trust.
They’re naturally strong. This is the best-known trait of these highly favored transport cases, which is why the list of industries where they’re commonly used is one of the longest. For years, industries including aerospace, athletics, computers, film, entertainment, music, exhibiting, lighting, medical, and military have relied on wood/composite cases. Their natural strength is enhanced by a combination of several materials; for example, the wood/composite case’s walls and structural elements are made from an ABS, fiberglass or aluminum laminate along with ACX or other high-grade plywood. The corners and hinges are made from steel or aluminum and attached with rivets.
They’re easy to customize internally and externally. Because they’re made from wood, these cases are primed for a vast number of customization options. Added external features can include locking systems, forklift skids, case wraps, casters, powder coatings and folding ramps. As with any case, the internal customizations using foam-cutting technology are almost limitless.
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