Introduction: Magic Box: Design Your Own Box
What if you could make a box for your own design made at a Fablab or at home? The Magic Box application lets you do just that! You can use it to create a box for any product you want. It uses the basic shape of a box and lets you adjust the width, height and depth and a couple of other parameters. When you have set all the parameters, save the box outline as an SVG and cut it on the vinyl cutter or laser cutter or cut it out yourself. It can even adjust for the thickness of the material you are using.
Magic Box is still in active development and we only have one box shape implemented. So, if you have ideas about other kinds of boxes please let me know and I can implement them too!
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Step 1: Choose Your Product and Measure It
That shouldn't be too hard, right?
Find yourself a product that needs to be wrapped. For example one that you made in a Fablab. Anything smaller than 30 centimeters will work (depending on the size of your lasercutter or vinyl cutter of course). Measure it's size and write it down.
Ok, now for the next step, installing Magic Box!
Step 2: Download and Install Magic Box
Now it's time to get our hands dirty and do some serious box making!
First, download the Magic Box tool from this link:
www.studioludens.com/magicbox/ (download link on this page)
Make sure that you have installed Adobe AIR (http://get.adobe.com/air/). It is available for Windows, Mac and Linux. This means that you can run Magic box on pretty much any computer.
Then, extract the zip file and you will find yourself an .air installer. Double click and let yourself be guided through the setup process. Ignore the warning about an unsigned certificate and install. This will change when the final version comes out. After this is finished Magic Box will start (or you can find it in the Start menu / Applications).
Next step: let's do some box making!
Step 3: Design Your Box
We have the measurements, we have the tool. Let's get started.
Select the type of box that you want to make. For now, there is only one good box available (the other one isn't quite finished yet) so leave it as it is.
Fill in your measurements in the Properties panel. Every box has it's limitations. This one cannot be deeper than it is high (depth always smaller than height).Make sure that you adjust the thickness slider to match the thickness of the material you're using.
Click on the big export button and you will be asked to save your box design as an svg file. You can open this file in Illustrator, Corel Draw, Inkscape or any other vector editor you use to control the laser cutter.
Next step: Production!
Step 4: Production!
Open your box design file in your favourite vector editor.
If you want to you can make further adjustments, such as engraving the box or putting windows in, whatever you wish!
Click the print button, do any adjustments to the laser cutter and watch the magic happen!
Take the result out of the lasercutter, behold your creation and put the box together with some glue.
And for the final step, put your cherished object inside and take it, safely stored with you or give it to somebody.Cool! You just made your own box. What will be the next object that you're going to wrap?