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PACKAGING OF CDs AND DVDs

V. Ryan 2008

 

KEEP CASE:  

This is a keep case and is probably the most common of all CD/DVD cases. Manufactured from polypropylene which is soft and less likely to break than polystyrene. A slimmer case also exists called a slim-pak. A card insert fits in a sleeve extending from the front to the back.

On the inside face of the front section are three plastic clips. These hold an information booklet which can be removed quite easily.

Recycled card is often used for the sleeve or FSC approved card. This means that the card has been sourced from a sustainable forest.

JEWEL CASE:  

A Jewel Case is a typical example of packaging for a compact disc. The case was introduced in 1982 and is composed of three parts. All the parts are manufactured from a plastic called polystyrene through the injection moulding process. The overall size of the case is 142mm X 125mm X 10mm.

Information is on the card inserts which fit inside the CD case. A booklet measuring 120mm X 120mm also contains information relating to the music CD. A back card fits securely between the inner plastic and the back. This measures 150 X 118mm. In recent times this has been manufactured from transparent polystyrene which means that graphics and images can be printed on it as well.

The CD is held securely in a back tray. In its centre is a small circular grip which grips the CD-ROM and protects the recorded surface by holding it above the polystyrene tray, preventing scratching of the disc.

 

SLIM JEWEL CASE: Slimline jewel cases are slim versions of jewel cases. They are usually 142 mm 125 mm 5 mm. They also do not have a
 

QUESTIONS:

1. Research the internet for other types of CD cases.

2. Design an alternative case for holding/storing a CD case.

     
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