Why is a Desmay case better than the other cases on the market?
So, you bought yourself a new iPhone. Congratulations. Quite a work of art, isn’t it?
Now it’s time to protect your new phone. Are you going to get yourself a big, sturdy (and bulky) case? Or rather a super thin case? That should be a no-brainer. As we covered in our previous post 5 signs you need to get rid of your bulky case, a bulky case won’t glorify your new acquisition.
That leaves you with one of the numerous super thin cases available on the market. But how to decide which case to choose? After all, they all look the same. And you’re right. But looks are deceiving. A BMW 320 looks pretty similar to a BMW M3. The similarities end there, though, with the looks. Same goes with super thin cases. What sets one case apart from the others lays in its hidden features.
In this post, we will share with you the manufacturing secrets of the Slight that make Desmay’s cases unique in the universe of super thin cases.
Without much further ado, let’s introduce the main components necessary to make a case (any case): the materials and the mold.
It should come as no surprise that the choice of the right material will be essential when it comes to the quality of your case. A (seemingly) insignificant difference in the composition of the material can have disastrous consequences on the performance of your case. This is why we, at Desmay, spent over six years developing our own polypropylene (whose exact composition I’m not allowed to disclose, unfortunately).
Many cases we have destroyed over the course of the years, testing all possible misfortunes your case may encounter in real life, to find the perfect composition for each case.
The polypropylene we fine-tuned offers flexibility, which absorbs shocks, and strength, which prevents it from shattering when you drop your phone. On top of that, the Slight’s polypropylene adds a little thought of feature; its composition prevents the color of the case to fade over time as is often the case with cheap knockoffs you’ll find on eBay for a couple of dollars.
The second main component that comes into play when manufacturing a case is something you rarely think of, and will probably never see: the mold. As surprising as it may sound, the mold plays an extremely important role in the future performance and quality of your case.
Now, what exactly is a mold? The Oxford Dictionary defines a mold as “a hollow container used to give shape to molten or hot liquid material when it cools and hardens.” And that is exactly what it is.
There are two ways to mold phone cases. The quick way, and the long way. Each option coming with its specific drawbacks (we’ll get back to that later). The vast majority of case manufacturers opt for the first option as it is the more cost and time effective way to produce cases.
Molds used by those manufacturers are perfect negatives of the final product. This means that once the material has hardened all that’s left to do is get the case out of its mold, trim the excess material, put it into its packaging and ship it. Easy, right?
But as is the case with all objects in the world, molds wear and tear. In the case of phone case molds, the negatives of the cut-outs are the first parts to wear and tear. If you got yourself one of the few thousands of first cases produced using those molds, cool. Your case will be fine. If you got yourself one of the later ones, you might end up with misaligned cut-outs, enlarged cut-outs, etc.
At Desmay, we abandoned that approach long ago. We actually opted for the second approach while still in the prototype phase as the aforementioned issues became obvious all too quickly.
Now, what does that second approach entail? The main difference with the quick option is that in the molding phase we only mold the general shape of the case. Once the material has hardened and the excess material has been trimmed, our cases undergo a second phase: the cutting of the cutouts.
In this stage, the cut-outs are cut individually using a high precision cutting tool. This enables us to ensure that each individual cut-out on your Slight is nothing but perfect.
Now, where are the drawbacks of this production method you will ask? Well, considering we added an extra stage in the manufacturing process, the production costs and production times are much higher than those of our competitors (high precision tools are pricey, to say the least). But, in our opinion, quality is priceless.
So, here you are, next time you wonder why cases on eBay are cheap, you’ll know that they are indeed cheap.
At Desmay we take pride in delivering the highest quality thin cases and believe you should never suffer the bad consequences of poor manufacturing procedures. This is why we relentlessly work on the improvement of your next case’s quality.