You don't need to be good with a hammer, chisel or trowel to build your own custom USB memory stick – it's not that sort of DIY project. But if you are looking for something a little challenging, interesting and fun then building your own custom USB stick is a great idea, incredibly rewarding and it'll certainly get people talking.
The core component of any USB memory stick is a module that incorporates the USB connector, the flash memory and a controller chip for the flash memory. These three elements combine to give you a way of connecting your USB stick to a PC or Mac, to store data and to control the way the stored data is managed. The way in which this "module" is packaged is what gives you overall look and feel of a memory stick.
Commercial USB memory sticks are typically "housed" in standard rectangular plastic or plastic/metal shells some with a removable cap and some with an integral cap or cover like the ever-popular Twister USB flash drive. When you build your own USB drive you can be as creative as you like and we've seen all sorts of weird and wonderful examples over the years.
If you're looking for a hands-on challenge for say a club a school class or Scout Group then a "build you own USB competition" is a brilliant idea. Children are typically avid users of USB flash drives and the idea of being able to design and build their own custom version is sure to get them fired up and get them thinking about all aspects of design, production and functionality.
If you are interested in custom USB flash drives for your business, school or university but you don't want to build them yourselves then don't worry because there are lots of companies offering a professional design, build and supply service. Do bear in mind that you'll pay a little more for a custom USB stick but the end result will be worth it. Lead times are also longer at around 4 weeks compared to the standard 2 weeks for printed USB sticks.
Custom USB sticks are getting more and more popular because they are a sure fire way to get your USB memory stick(s) to stand out from the crowd. A few years ago very few branded or printed USB memory sticks were given away but today millions are given away so it's increasingly important to get yours to grab people attention from the "get go".
At USB2U we not only supply self-build USB kits but we offer a full design and build service so if you're interested in Custom USB Memory Sticks give us a call and speak to one of the team.