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CUBOID - DEVELOPMENT / NET
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|A cuboid is shown below. This is a shape occasionally used as packaging. The example below is a typical mobile phone package.|
|A development / net of
a similar cuboid is seen below. A cuboid is one of the most basic shapes
for packaging. It is also one of the most common and most efficient. It
can be manufactured easily as it is not complex and has straightforward
A cuboid is similar to a cube. The edges of a cube are all the same, whereas a cubiod has some edges that vary in size. Unlike a cube and edges are not all the same and may vary in size. Packaging for many products is based on this shape. Can you name any ?
|As normal, cardboard
boxes are used to store cuboid shaped packages whilst they are being
transported to the shops.
This type of shape is extremely efficient as cuboids will fit perfectly into the right size of cardboard box.
The cardboard boxes can be stored easily as they are a regular shape and they fit precisely into the storage area of vans and lorries. Handling of regular shaped cardboard boxes is also easy.
|When being moved around
the factory floor or storage area, the ‘cuboid’ cardboard boxes can be
stacked and handled easily. The cuboid boxes can be arranged in the lorry
/ van so that very little space is left.
The diagram opposite shows how the boxes are moved by a forklift truck. The boxes can be placed directly into the storage area of a lorry or van and transported efficiently around the country.
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