Don’t Overlook The Finishing Touches Of Your Product Design
An overview of tube end caps and their many benefits in tubular product design.
If you’re designing or manufacturing a tubular product, then you’ll want to make sure your finished article looks neat and sleek but is also strong enough to fulfil its purpose. Choosing appropriate materials for your design is key, ensuring that you use tubes that are robust and also offer maximum versatility. It’s important not to miss a single detail in your planning, which includes the finishing touches such as quality tube end caps.
What Are Tube End Caps?
Tube end caps are inserted neatly into the end of a tube to cap it off. Typically, you’ll see black, white or grey tube end caps added to a metal tube, although any shade can be customised depending on the requirements of your product. The caps are installed neatly, by taking accurate measurements of the inner diameter of your tubes and ensuring that you select an appropriate shape and width for your cap so that it’s a perfect fit. However, a ribbed shank on quality tube inserts allows the caps to suit a variety of tube widths.
Although they may seem like a small feature of the final product, tube end caps have a number of uses, which is why it’s so important to invest in a quality version.
Without tube end caps, a metal tube would have a sharp edge which could be dangerous in many scenarios. By rounding off the inner tube with a cap, you can help to prevent any accident or injury that may occur whilst using your product.
Tube end caps also have an aesthetic value, as they help to hide any internal fittings within the tube such as bolts or screws. By capping the tube, you’re obstructing the view of the interior and providing a sleek, contemporary finish to your design. This is likely why products using tube end caps are so popular in the corporate work environment. From marketing stands within a reception area, to computer desks and chairs within the actual office, tubular designs appeal to the eye and are incredibly functional too.
One of the most popular uses of tube end caps is to provide the ‘feet’ of furniture – not just in the workplace as discussed, but also commonly in patio tables and chairs as well as the classroom. Where metal tubes are used as the legs, quality tube end caps help to round off the design and provide scratch-resistant feet when the product is dragged back and forth across the floor. If you’re relying on tube end caps for this purpose, then the better quality you choose, the more of an investment they’ll be for your finished design.
So, what exactly constitutes a quality tube end cap? Much comes down to your choice of supplier, so be sure to work with a reputable manufacturer within the industry who offers a wide range of tube inserts, including those of the blanking and threaded variety. Don’t be afraid to get in touch with the manufacturer if you have any questions about the best choice of tube end caps for your needs.