I needed some gift boxes of a particular size for a project. I couldn’t find the right size on line so designed my own in Lightburn. Blue lines are cuts and red are perferated cuts.
This looks really interesting and I will try it. What materials did you use for this?
Just card, trying different thicknesses.
Looks good. I have used Ram Board for making boxes. I have used a different style / design and instead of perf mode, I score my fold lines with an offset on Z.
Thanks, never heard of ram board, will have to look into it. Nice video.
It’s is essentially chipboard sold by the roll for use as floor protection during construction. It is available in two thicknesses. I use the “pro” stuff labeled as Ram Board that is 46 mil thick (not the Ram Board Home Edition stuff).
Have you tried (and discarded) the Templatemaker site? Your image reminded me of the web site, as only yesterday I was making similar boxes. I don’t think the site has the fold-over-and-lock that your design has. Nicely done.
Here is an alternative that is pretty common. If you aren’t afraid to use hot melt glue. It doesn’t have the nice flat bottom of your design. This design is called a TTAB - Tuck Top Auto Bottom. You can mimic your flat bottom by making one called TTFAB - Tuck Top Full Auto Bottom. The attached has an option to use the perf and space similar to yours, and one that the scores are run with less power. There are gaps on the end of lines in case power is too much, so it doesn’t fall apart. That’s pretty common for clambshell designs in fast food paperboard packaging.TTAB.lbrn2 (35.7 KB)
Thanks, I’ll have a look at the file. I make a small product which will fit in the box, it will be an option for my customers to order a gift box with the product, but they will be posted out flat for the customer to make up themself, so that’s why I needed the folds and tabs to keep it held together without using glue.
This has inspired me to have another go at a box insert.
That could have saved a bit of work.
@HD-Fatboy, your response deserves so much more attention. What a wonderful utility you have provided a link to.
Note that it costs $ 10 per download, but in return you can make all the boxes you want from this one download, afterwards.
Or purchase an All-You-Can-Eat box package
For people who use these boxes professionally, it is probably an ok solution.
Another interesting site with plenty of designs, cash site.
For tabbed box design, there are some really great ones that have been linked on the forum in the past (including the http://boxdesigner.frag-den-spatz.de/ you suggested):
I checked out the website. They had 2 demo files you can download here:
The first is a reverse tuck box. I wasn’t too impressed. I was a structural packaging designer for more years than I want to admit. A reverse tuck is the most basic folding carton. Their design wasn’t anything I would hang my hat on. I didn’t check the 2nd design.
The 3D stuff might be better. I downloaded it, but it didn’t appear to have the dieline creator in it. That part is web based and $10 per design. The following are the two programs I mainly used for many years.
These are expensive programs, but come with numerous drivers to run routers, lasers, waterjet cutters, and cutting and creasing tables. ArtiosCAD is the program most used for corrugated and folding carton converters.
If you just want a good reference book on folding cartons, this one is older, but pretty decent.