The FINAL DESIGN for the main box is to be made of a thick rigid paperboard with a shape similar to the "book" box on this link.
The image in the link above is of a wooden box. Mine will be thick paperboard and won't have a curved spine. But the concept is very similar.
Here's another very similar concept only my box won't have the spine glued to the inner box. Instead, the spine will lay flat creating a flat work surface. http://jeanmonique.com/2014/02/23/u…mber-2013/
This is a 3mm paperboard box. The "book cover" wraps around a slightly smaller box of similar thickness. The smaller box looks like the "pages" of the book.
Inside this box are the two other boxes. One is for cables and connectors. The other is for all the other electronic components.
The space between these two inner boxes is reserved for an acrylic plate upon which the microcontroller and the breadboard are mounted.
Under this plate and other inside of the "front cover" are velcro tabs.
When fully opened, the spine of the "book cover" falls flush with the table creating a flat working space. The user can mount the acrylic plate to the inside of the cover of the book. If mom tells the kid or adult to stop because it's dinner time, the user can simply close the book and stow it on a bookshelf. The acrylic plate velcroed to the inside cover fits perfectly between the two inside boxes when closed and protects all the wires and connections. When the user opens the book again, everything is just as they left it and the kit is still neatly organized for efficient use.
Because positioning of the acrylic plate is crucial to this feature working, having some kind of outline for the plate on the inside of the cover would be pretty much mandatory.
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The packaging design is 95% complete.
Dimensions and other details OF PROTOTYPE PACKAGING can be found in the attached file titled MakeXchange_Final Dielines and Art.ai THIS IS FOR GUIDANCE ONLY!!
THE FINAL DESIGN WILL BE SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT.
IT WILL LOOK MUCH MUCH MORE LIKE A BOOK AND LESS LIKE A BOX.
After a recent review, we discovered that we can afford to shave a few centimeters from the dimensions to make more efficient use of material. So, design your best, but keep in mind that dimensions may change a little bit.
Included are vector graphics for a variety of our logo and a .ai file of the packaging prototype design, a photo of the prototype and a link to a youtube video of the prototype.
Title of the "Book" should be:
Inventing with Electronics for Beginners 1st Edition.
Included is a file with examples of book covers I like and dislike.
A feature I've seen on another design that people really like is that this is 1st edition but actually it's volume 1.
That number 1 for the volume is prominently positioned on the front cover and on the spine so that when Volume 2 is released (a complementary kit with more advanced components) it will be labeled similarly so that they all look really neat on the bookshelf together.