Students Show They Can Think Outside the Rapid Packing Container

Students Show They Can Think Outside the Rapid Packing Container

Jennifer Hunter
Jan 12, 2014

On the left is the layout of a traditional box design and on the right is the Rapid Packing Container.

Yesterday we told you about a new spin on the everyday bucket and today there's news over at Fast Company of another ubiquitous vessel getting a makeover — the humble cardboard box. Designed by two Cooper Union undergrads, Henry Wang and Chris Curro, the new box, called the Rapid Packing Container, is easier to assemble, uses less carboard and is reversable to boot. Want to see how it works?

A traditional cardboard box has a double layer bottom, which is held together with packing tape. The Rapid Packing Container reduces the amount of carboard used (by about 15%- 20%) by making the bottom out of a single, strong piece of cardboard, using fewer resources and making the box stronger and easier to assemble.

Unlike a traditional box which must be folded then taped together, the Rapid Packing Container is pressed into a custom jig, where it seems to practically assemble itself. The only adhesive necessary is included on the container — a small, recyclable strip on top. To easily open, you simply press a tab on the top and the box springs open to flat. To reuse it, simply turn it over to get a surface free of lables, and reassemble.

Check out this video to see it in action.

While the Rapid Packing Container is just a prototype, Wang and Carro have a patent pending so here's hoping it's just a matter of time before we see them in use. When we think about how many cardboard boxes are used and wasted everyday, it seems amazing that no one's addressed this outdated design until now. We love when smart design improves function while reducing resources. Way to go, guys!

Via Fast Company

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