Lovely Box and Tray Generator


#1

I found this poking around for simple ways to generate box type designs. I recommend taking a look!

http://www.festi.info/boxes.py/


Box Made with 1/8" Baltic Birch and Veneer
#2

I found this last weekend too. It works pretty well. My only complaint is that it does not allow non-continuous walls, which I need for a number of projects.


#3

Package design is one of those things that people can really specialize in and it’s tough for the average person to get started without a kickstart, like the generators, without a ton of iterating and prototyping (which are still required but hopefully to a less significant degree).

If I understand what you’re saying with (non)continuous walls, it seems like something that could be modified fairly easily in a vector drawing program (Illustrator/Inkscape/Corel). The generator kinda gives you a ladder from the low diving board to the high board.


#4

Yes, I suppose for someone with a little more patience that is true. After playing around with a couple of box generators similar to this, I found it to be quicker to draws sketches from scratch in Fusion 360 for anything that requires non-continuous features. That way I could leverage the various parametric features of F360 very easily. It seemed to be more work to apply parametric features to a generated sketch. I’m not disparaging this tool at all; it works great for the majority of box cases.


#5

It is open source, chances are if you need that functionality and can get into some python, you could get the functionality you need :smiley:

Here is the github for it:


#6

Already on my list of programming projects to look at in my very limited spare time. :grinning: I think I already cloned the github repository.


#7

I’ve been using that generator, and it makes pretty clean SVG files. So when I’ve need to modify the outlines for a special purpose it’s been pretty easy. Also, it puts the holes in a different color, so you can play with the settings for them separately if you want. Haven’t looked at the code yet.


#8

fusion 360 has an amazing box making feature and there is a great tutorial on it.

now that is for sheet metal and folded boxes, out of cardboard etc.


#9

I second that fusion 360 is an awesome tool. I’ve been producing a number of designs on it these last few days from when I received ‘the email’.

I also really love tools like this, anything to save 10 minutes!


#10

It has taken some work and those great tutorials by lars. to gather a clue on Fusion. It is flat out amazing.
the power of that package is stunning.


#11

Nice find!

I’ve moved this post to Tips & Tricks. The Free Design category is reserved for new, original designs that folks are contributing to the community. Hope you don’t mind.


#12

This is one the the best sites. I have downloaded the source and have a local server doing it but the online site is just fine.

Here’s a link to a previous topic with it.


#13

Thanks, this is really interesting!


#14

Yep, that one’s my favorite as well.


#15

This is a great generator, thank you for the link. Has anyone figured out how to install this as an inkscape extension?


#16

LOL! I had this open in another window when your post popped up…

http://florianfesti.github.io/boxes/html/install.html#inkscape

Looks like its automagic on *nix systems as part of the setup.py, but needs a little extra help on Windows.


#17

Umm, I am not sure how to set it up for that.

Honestly, I have trouble getting inksacpe to work much at all because I have python 3.6 on my system and inkscape either breaks the other python projects I have going or inkscape extensions do not work