How to Design and Cut Custom Boxes with BoxMaker V1.20
If you are looking for a free and easy way to create custom boxes from sheet material using your CNC machine, you might want to check out BoxMaker V1.20. This is a free Inkscape extension that lets you generate tab-jointed box patterns with various options, such as press-fit dimples, internal dividers, dogbone corners, and more.
BoxMaker V1.20 is compatible with Inkscape v1.0 and higher, and works with Python 3 only. It can be used with almost any kind of CNC cutter, such as laser, plasma, water jet or mill. You can also use it to design boxes for 3D printing.
To use BoxMaker V1.20, you need to install Inkscape and the extension files from this GitHub repository. After installing, you can find the extension under the CNC Tools submenu in Inkscape. You can then enter the dimensions and parameters of your box, such as material thickness, kerf width, tab size, number of sides, etc. You can also choose to add features like dimples, dividers, dogbones, etc.
Once you have entered all the details, click Apply and BoxMaker V1.20 will generate the box pattern for you. Each box side is composed of a group of individual lines that make up each edge of the face, as well as any other cutouts for dividers. You can then export the pattern as a PDF or SVG file and send it to your CNC machine for cutting.
BoxMaker V1.20 is a great tool for making custom boxes for various purposes, such as storage, packaging, electronics, etc. It is free to download and use, and you can also contribute to its development by reporting issues or suggesting improvements on GitHub. If you find it useful, you can also donate to the author via this link.
If you want to see some examples of boxes made with BoxMaker V1.20, you can check out this video tutorial by Tutorials, where she shows how to make boxes using the Fiskars Boxmaker tool and the BoxMaker extension. She demonstrates how to measure and cut the material, how to fold and glue the tabs, and how to decorate the boxes with stickers and ribbons.
Another tool that you can use to design laser cut boxes is MakerCase, which is a web-based application that generates box designs for laser cutters and CNC routers. You can enter the dimensions of your box, choose the material thickness, select the joint type, and customize the edge style. MakerCase will then output SVG and DXF files ready for cutting. You can also download some sample box designs from their website.
If you are looking for some inspiration for digitally printed boxes, you can visit The BoxMaker, which is a company that specializes in custom packaging solutions. They have a gallery of digitally printed boxes that showcase their capabilities and creativity. You can see how they use different shapes, sizes, colors, graphics, and finishes to create eye-catching and functional boxes for various products and industries. aa16f39245