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CUBOID PACKAGING - DEVELOPMENT / NET
V. Ryan © 2012
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A development / net of a 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 folds and creases. During manufacture there is very little
waste of materials and most waste materials can be recycled. Setting up
equipment and tools for the cuboids manufacture is relatively cheap,
compared to more complex nets / developments.
This net / development has straightforward folds and can be manufactured relatively easily.
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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