packaging net or development net is a 2D shape
that can be folded into a 3D object. i.e. if
you were to fold a box down into its flat shape,
that shape would be the box net.
flaps that tuck in, or are glued to hold the
are called TABS
accurate folds, lines can be scored or deformed.
Scoring means to scratch the line lightly with
a sharp object like a craft knife. Deforming
is when the fold line is dented and widened
out a little by a blunter tool.
industry the nets are stamped out and deformed
by a die-cutting machine, much like the cutter
used to make ginger bread man biscuit shapes.
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packaging nets are produced commercially, they
print as many nets as they can on large sheets
of card. In order to minimize the waste they
arrange the nets so there is very little gap
between them. This process is called tessellation.
is an example drawn in 2D Design.
are 28 nets arranged (tessellated) ready for
end style, interlocked tuck-in flap with slit
end style, parallel / aeroplane tuck-in flap
with slit lock.
carton style, tuck top, envelope closure base.
carton style, tuck top, crash lock base.
carton style, tuck top, claw lock base.
carton style, full flap skillet.
construction, six corner glued style.
carton style, counter display/dispenser outer
featuring crash lock (quick fix) base, hinged
display lid with tuck-in flap incorporating
HERE FOR DEVELOPMENT NETS