Introduction: BookBox

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As soon as I first read the topic of this contest, a huge amount of things came up to my mind, but while thinking I remembered that childhood was the happiest and most exciting time to deal with boxes. Sometimes there was a gift inside a colorful box, other times it was my box of secrets or my favorite toys in them. So, as a result I decided to create one dreamy box that would let children store some of their favorite toys, sketch books and books of fairy tails but also let them watch educational videos, animated fairy tails or even listen to music while drawing, playing or studying in the working surface provided in the box. I also thought that it would be really nice to combine technology with the traditional ways of studying and drawing for children.

The result of all these is a book-box that includes 3 layers of different use. The size was determined after considering a manageable box for children as well as with the biggest size of tablet i found in most of the e-shops. On the first level, on the cap of the box, there are some rubber bands that can carry various tablets and i pads. On the second level, the middle one, there is enough space (170 mm high) to store sketch books, books, notebooks etc. On the third level, of equal free height, the storing space is divided in 4 cases so that one can place pencils, small toys, plasticine etc. Between the second and the third level lies the working surface that is taken out and placed on the top of the open book box, when needed.

So let's see how this box was created!

=> I have to say that due to lack of tools I was forced to create just a model of the box I designed in 1:3 scale...

Step 1: Design

After I decided what my project was going to be , i moved on to the first actual step that was the designing of the box.

This step was divided into the following parts:

1. Determination of the box size.

2. I resized the box to add the book's spine.

3. I started adding details in order to get closer to my final bookbox.

4. Then i divided the box into 3 layers. The top one was for the placement of the tablet, the middle one for storing books etc and the third one included 4 cases for toys, pencils etc.

5. I examined the box from different views through my Rhino 3D modeler.

6. Finally i separated all the pieces that were used to build the box and moved on to the final dimensioning of these parts.

Step 2: Building the Model - Materials

As said before, I don't have the tools to build the real model so i tried to present my work through a scaled model.

In order to do this I used:

1. White cardboard of 2mm thickness.

2. Stick glue

3. Scissors

4. A small cutter

5. Carioca markers

6. Printed floral textures

7. Transparent plastic sheet

8. Rulers

9. Sony Cyber-shot camera

10. Pencil

11. Tape

12. Sandpaper

Step 3: Building the Model

Building the model proceeds as follows:

1. Cut the parts.

2. Stick the them together (in order to get the desired wall thickness, in some cases stick together 2 or more pieces).

3. Test the different positions of the "working surface".

4. Create a good looking cover for the bookbox.

5. Add a fancy tablet on the cap of the box. (a scaled model of a real tablet)

6. Add one more texture on 3 of the sides of the box to make it more bookalike.

Step 4: Photo Shooting

That's it!