Often overlooked until the very end of a design process, package design can be a critical part of branding that strongly dictates how a consumer feels about a product before they even open it. While nobody is necessarily expected to operate in the upper echelon of Apple iPhone boxes (very expensive), there are better solutions than simply cramming a product into a large box with a bunch of packaging peanuts and bubble wrap.

Such is the premise behind SlimBox, a custom box creation concept that uses a laser cutter and an accompanying smartphone app to create on-demand boxes (and internal supports) for just about any dang ol’ thing.

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The setup is simple: measure the dimensions of your product and enter them into the free SlimBox App. Once a custom box size is generated, the user has the option to “Print” the box on the spot.

While this is already possible with a custom-designed box layout and an existing laser cutter, the concept behind SlimBox is to streamline the entire process with their box-creation algorithm. However, no word on how they plan to control that burnt cardboard smell.

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Says the SlimBox founders:

“Before we launched Slimbox, we owned a printing company. Finding right-sized boxes was one of our daily struggles. To remedy this problem, we searched the market for a machine that could customize our boxes in-house without costing too much time or money. We found nothing. We were stunned that such a machine was not yet on the market so we decided to build it ourselves.”

Unfortunately, the only images from the company at this time are CAD renders — but here’s to hoping they can pull through and make this pretty ingenious solution real. In the meantime, find out more over at SlimBox.


Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.