Business cards can be one of the best ways to promote your business and remind customers of your company's information One of the best ways to distribute business cards is with a counter display for customers to take one as they come in. Finding a business card display in the store might be hard but if you have access to the program ArtiosCAD it is very simple to design one for yourself. The following steps will show you how to create a display stand for 200 business cards.
Step 1: Step 1: Running a Standard
-Click file and then select run a standard
Running a standard means you are selecting a paperboard or corrugated design that already is designed.
Step 2: Step 2: Selecting the Correct Standard
-After selecting run a standard a menu will pop up with different types of standard designs.
-If you wanted to you could select a display tray, but i recommend selecting a counter top display for your business cards.
Step 3: Step 3: Select the Standard
-Click on the drop down box, COUNTERTOP DISPLAYS
-Select Angular Card Displays
Step 4: Step 4: Selecting the Material for the Design
a new menu will pop up under folding carton with inches or metric units
-Select Inches Design Parameters and on the right side of the screen will have a list of the types of material used
-Select the drop down menu for SBS, meaning Solid Bleach Sulfate, 12.
Solid bleach sulfate refers to the paperboard type used for the carton. 12 refers to the thickness of the paperboard being 12 thousands of an inch.
Step 5: Step 5: Selecting Dimensions of Your Display
The next screen contains information to change the dimensions for the display. L stands for length, W stands for width, and depth with the unit for each being inches. The average business card dimensions are 3.5 inches by 2 inches with the thickness being .01 inches.
-Under the length dimension change the number to 3.51
-Under the width dimension change the number to 2
-Under the depth dimension change the number to 2.01
The extra .01 added to the length and depth dimensions is used to account for the thickness of the carton themselves. You want the business cards to fit snugly in the stand without bending do to the display being too small.
Step 6: Step 6: Collapsing Crease Selection
The next screen contains a menu with an option to have collapsible creases.
-Select No to collapsible creases
Collapsible creases ad flexibility to the stand. We want the stand to be as least flexible as possible to contain the business cards correctly
Step 7: Step 7: Selecting Sub Dimensions
The next screen will allow you to change the sub dimensions for the outside of the display. This would allow you to change the height of the inside cutout for better view of the card on the table. On this screen, you should not change any of the dimensions. The standard sub dimensions actually work perfectly for a business card. You want the customer to be able to read the information enough to understand that it is a business card, but they do not need to be able to see the whole card. If they want the information they will take the card out of the display and be able to see it.
Step 8: Step 8: Selecting Glue Flap Dimensions
The next screen allows you to change the dimensions of the glue flap. I recommend not changing the glue flap dimensions as the standard is good enough as is.
Step 9: Step 9: Viewing Display in 3D
After you design the box the program shows you a 2d drawing of the display. You want to be able to review what the display looks like in a three dimensional view to make sure that it looks the way you want it to.
-Convert to 3D
This will show you the 3D view of the display.
-Click rotate right on the right side toolbar
Clicking rotate right will allow you to see the 3D view from each of the 4 side walls of the display. 3D viewing is not necessary for the final product, but it will allow you to feel more comfortable about seeing the final product before you send it to a cut table to produce the display.
Step 10: Step 10: Saving the File
After feeling comfortable with your 3D view,
-Click the X box at the top of the screen to get out of 3D view
This will take you back to the 2D view.
-Save as _____.ARG
The program will want you to save it as a .ARD file but a CAD table will only read the information as a .ARG
Step 11: Step 11: Send the .ARG File to the Cut Table
-Send the file to the a company with a cut table or your own
The final step is sending the file you created to a cut table, making sure that the material selected in the program is the same you use with on the cut table. The machine will cut the display into a sheet. All you have to do after this is fold on the crease lines which will be obvious to you from the sheet. There you go! Now you have a nice business card display for your company spread your information.