Custom Design Service


Turn-key Design and Development for Manufacture

One-Stop Source for Packaging/Product Development Services

The more you understand the engineering details surrounding form, fit, and function before prototyping begins, the closer you are to getting it right the first time. The Marion Paper Box Company approach to paperboard product and component development enables you to predict performance and optimize the design before a commitment is made for tooling. This methodology, when properly applied, can result in significant reductions in development time and total delivered cost.

Our principle objective is making your product a commercial success. We define success as a product reaching its target market on time…at the right price…delivering quality consistent with market needs…and performance consistent with market demands. We achieve success by focusing on five key issues: (1) understanding and responding to your market, (2) understanding and responding to your business situation, (3) managing risks throughout the project, (4) managing unit manufactured costs throughout the project, and (5) following a defined, managed development process.

Marion Papetr Box Company uses the latest design, analysis and experimental tools to model performance and predict failures before they happen. We also offer a full range of prototype/sampling services. In addition to avoiding costly failures, the benefits of a turn-key approach include:

  • Accelerated Development Cycles
  • Reduced Design Iteration and Downstream Rework
  • Maximized Functional Performance of Finished Product
  • Minimized Material Usage
  • Simplified Design and Manufacture
  • Evaluation of Alternate Materials
  • Reduced Product Liability

Concept Development and Visual Prototypes

Early in the product development process, we couple the industrial design aspects of a product—such as ergonomics and aesthetics—with critical engineering considerations that include function, assembly, manufacturing and materials.

Preliminary Design

Key design and technology challenges of the proposed design are attacked first. This may involve classical engineering calculations, detailed discussions with potential suppliers, CAD layouts and literature searches. The commercial and technical feasibility of every part must be verified before committing full development resources. A preliminary design is then presented to our client for feedback and approval.


The design process involves a broad range of considerations that cross many disciplines. Required expertise may include materials, electronics and structural engineering, software development, as well as in-depth knowledge of the latest industrial codes. Marion Paper Box Company offers all these under one roof.

Rapid Turnaround of Functional Prototypes

Before proceeding with fabrication drawings, and depending on the particular product under development, it may be beneficial to follow analysis with a limited-function or non-functioning prototype. This added step often provides valuable information at a low cost.

Fabrication Drawings

Once a product design has been fine-tuned based on analysis results, the next step in the process is to create detailed fabrication drawings from which a fully functional prototype can be built.

Functional Prototype

The functional prototype is where design validation is achieved. Here all the preliminary efforts come together, giving the product idea its first dynamic, three-dimensional reality. By turning the prototyping effort into a product confirmation and fine-tuning activity, you avoid the protracted series of costly and time-consuming tooling changes, steel adjustments, and molding trials associated with trial and error.

Instrumentation and Functional Testing

For products that require more thorough validation before design finalization, Marion Paper Box Company offers clients access to fully equipped labs and testing facilities, as well as highly specialized instrumentation and data-collection capabilities.

Final Design

This is where the client’s investment in a new product or process is rewarded with a fully proven, production-ready final design that satisfies all original objectives.