Step-by-step how custom 3-ring binders are made
Chances are you don’t know how our custom 3-ring binders are made. That’s why we want to show you.
3-ring binders aren’t a mystery. Their purpose in business is both to attract customers and expand your brand. That goes with any custom products whether it be folders, product launch kits, calendars, etc… As customers we continue seeing businesses utilize custom products to get in front of their demographic and you can bet it won’t be stopping any time soon.
Often we see businesses put their logo on products and use them as giveaways. Koozie’s are usually the first thing that might come to mind but sit through one parade and you can end up walking home with a frisbee and pen as well – all with different companies logo’s. Putting your logo on a custom product can not only attract those potential customers on the curb but also potential businesses that could use your product or service as well.
You’re probably not going to find yourself catching a binder at next year’s 4th of July parade but you’re bound to run into a custom binder like the one we recently made for TekTone. And like anything you’re given or purchase you don’t ever get to see how it’s made. With help from TekTone we’re able to walk you through the process of how we make your custom binders here at The Dimensional Group!
Step One: Design
The first step to anything custom is the design. Depending on our customers’ capabilities, they can supply a design through the use of available templates or we can design their product for them. In our case with TekTone we were able to design the binder and send it to them for approval. Once we made the final changes the design was approved and we were ready for production.
Step Two: Decoration
Some customers ask us “what are binders made of”? Each process gives the binder a unique look and feel. For this project, TekTone chose screen print on a vinyl cover. However, there are many routes they could’ve gone in in terms of type of material such as turned edge, poly, eco-friendly, and many more.
We can decorate a binder a lot of different ways – screen printing, debossing, foil debossing, and foil stamping are the most common imprinting options for binders. Our screen printing process utilizes the newest direct-to-screen technology from Spyder. This technology ensures your logo will be printed properly in the finest detail. Once the screen is imaged, our screen printers with over 40 years of combined experience make sure your brand is printed properly. The complete process is showcased in the video below.
Step Three: Heat Sealing
Next up is heat sealing. We use brass dies to weld the vinyl together around various weights of board. It takes approximately eight seconds to place all of the pieces and weld the vinyl. No order is too big evidenced by the 15,000 custom binders our team is able to produce in a single shift. It took just one hour and six minutes and to heat seal the TekTone order.
Step Four: Ringing
The last process in the creation of the TekTone custom binders, and every binder order, is ringing. We use rivets to attach different size ring metals to the heat sealed cases. The size and shape of the rings vary for every binder. There are two different types of rings you often see; o-rings and d-rings. O-ring binders typically range from a 1/2 inch to three inches while d-rings typically range from one to four inches. In this case TekTone used a one inch o-ring.
From start to finish the production process for custom binders takes a lot of detail, but with our years of experience we make it look easy! We here at The Dimensional Group utilize a velocity board to make sure your binders ship on time, faster than ever.
When you’re thinking custom binders there are more options than what you may think. For a general idea on how much binders typically cost, we broke down the costs that go into getting your final quote.
Ready to talk about getting your own custom binders into production?