Fusion 360: Cardboard Box Design with Sheet Metal Tools

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Fusion 360 Evangelist, Taylor Stein, walks through creating parametric cardboard packaging using the new Sheet Metal tools!

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Marco Zamora says:

A K factor of 0 would mean that the cardboard stretches on the outside of the bend. A better K factor value for cardboard is 1, meaning that the outside of the bend does not stretch, while the inside scrunches together. This will make your flat pattern more precise., otherwise, your outside flat dimensions would be too large by the cardboard thickness x every bend in that direction.

Hans Geerligs says:

At 1.59 you state that the cardboard does not stretch , this is not quiet correct . As in Metal , for each type of bend extra material is needed.
for instance : a 7 mm Cardboard with 1 bend needs 6 mm extra material, and a double bend (at both ends) needs 9 mm extra.
so a U profile of 100x200x100 'needs'106+209+106 mm material. For closing side 9+7 (material thickness) = 16 mm extra is needed , and a 50 mm gluelip would need to be 56 mm.
Perhaps you can show how this would en up the box.

The Trumpet Lab says:

how do you activate motion on a living hinge? thanks

Nikos NewMan says:

As regards the internal dimension of the box when the cardboard folds half of the thickness of the board goes to the inside and the other half to the outside

Mr. Petersson says:

This is a very good guide. It is insanely difficult to follow as my recently installed version of this software looks nothing like yours. An update would be appreciated.

Elliot Shields says:

Taylor, you are the best. Great tutorial as always!

Mark Good says:

OMW, this is amazing!!

Feanor Curufinwe says:

This is amazing. You saved my life. I don't know why i was doing this in AutoCAD. Damn. Great video.

S7 says:

Thank you for this great tutorial! What I'd love to see is a tutorial on a box package designed around an object that was created to sell on store shelves, like for example, those Funko Pop figurines. Can it be done in Fusion, like with actual graphics on the packaging?

Here's an Example of a Funko Pop Figure – https://www.google.com/search?q=pop+figures&rlz=1C1CHBD_enCA780CA781&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjGwr6TusXjAhURT98KHVWgDnQQ_AUIESgB&biw=1707&bih=631#imgrc=nEb5sy2vqn7jJM:

Melton Pieman says:

A great video.
I normally work in ply on a laser but the idea of using the sheet metal options to cut a cardboard box has inspired me. However, I would like to make an open top box with a slightly larger open 'top' box to slide over it. Obviously the 'bottom' box can have the final tab on the inside. However, to get a smooth fit, the 'top' box needs that gluing tab on the outside.
Therein lies my problem. I tried making the last flange the boxwidth – everything just welds and I cannot find a way to make the tab. I tried making it just a little longer and making the flange off that – Fusion 360 would not do it.

Can you make any suggestion for a way to achieve this?

Renmar Blones says:

I need help kind sirs! I just want to know how to do corrugation in fusion 360. It would be a great help! 🙂

Btw, nice video!


Nice video thank you. Can you please tell me if and how I can check the strength of the box if I put some weight on it? That it will be very helpful.

harsh chelani says:

Can we export it to obj and can we animate it?

Jamie Mitev says:

1kth like came from me

Bram Vanden Bempt says:

how do you do these smooth rotation as in 4:47 ?

Pliny the Shota says:

can you do things with parameters like boxlength / 2

William Cassanova says:

This is great….Let's try a different scenario….Let's assume I have a solid body in my model that I want to form metal around….For example, create a rectangle sketch of 6" x 5". Press-Pull that part to 2.0, Fillet the edges to .25 radius. Now….Let's assume I want to wrap some semi-flexible material around this part. Assume it's carbon fiber, or leather, or pleather….I then want to take that "sheet-metaled" component and export it as DXF. There are ways to work around this problem using geometry but this seems like something Fusion should be able to do.

ZayneTech says:

i get an error saying:
the operation failed. try adjusting the values or changing the input geometry
(and it happens when i do the offset faces thing)

Igor Tomljanovic says:

Amazing!!! Thank you!!

Ernests Zariņš says:

Cardboard actualy has a negative K factor – it shrinks by about a half of the thickness. So I would suggest using any 2D CAD to make these changes after the layout is ready.

James Reina says:

you sound exactly like the guy from the casually explained channel.
nevertheless, great video.

Sam says:

inches? bruh

Northern Exposure says:

Yes Yes Yes!!! I've modelled boxes in MODO and I must say the bends were a pain… I'm so sold with this!

SwissPL says:

awesome video, thanks.

Foxtrot Alpha says:

Great tutorial Taylor, one question…. As I would not use Fusion for 3D rendering as its not good enough (yet) but the modelling id excelent, is there a way to export the front faces of the cardboard box as one UV map? I cannot see how Fusion can create the UVs as a flat form, the ones being generated are a mess and Fusion seems to have very limited UV/texturing toolset. Any suggestions are welcome on UV mapping and file format exporting to Modo.

Juan Pablo Jaramillo says:

can I create a box from a planimetry to a flat I already have designed in illustrator?

South Coast Baptist College says:

Thanks Taylor, great video. Very informative and to the point. Do you have any tutorials involving Frames similar to Frame Generator in Inventor?

Jānis Grīnvalds says:

Does Autodesk have offer for small users – like if have to use F360 once for 2months for some small stuff?

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