Shipping Box Design – Simple is more productive

 Making the Right Choice: Which Software is Best for Your Pallet and Shipping Box Design Needs?

Creating a pallet or shipping box design by hand can be time-consuming and prone to over-engineering. Hand-drawn plans are difficult to adjust or modify. But some computer-based drawing solutions are hard to learn and use. Not to mention the expense – often paid year after year. SketchList 3D helps with the pallet design and manufacturing processes order in several ways. It is very easy to learn.

There are a limited number of tools [3] that do all the work. In addition, there are utilities that speed your work. Often you only need to create a handful of designs and use the software to quickly change the sizes. This includes easy exploration of designs to fit customer needs, material waste reduction [optimizing], cut or parts lists, complete dimensioned drawings. The visual feedback of the on-screen drawings removes the guesswork out of board placement on a special order pallet. Because you get detailed reports, mistakes that affect quality are greatly reduced.

image showing pallet design and computer forms


Why SketchList 3D Is Good for Shipping Box Design

It is affordable, costing as little as $200.

SketchList 3D runs on either a Windows PC or a MAC os computer.

Ease – The learning curve is easy. There are no complex commands to learn. To make a design you just

  • specify the size of the pallet,
  • insert-size-locate the necessary boards,
  • then you are finished.

If you want to adjust a plan, you simply click on the design and enter the new size.  See this post on sizing.

You can easily add or delete support boards and/or cross flats. Designs take minutes.

Integrated reports – The cut lists, shop drawings, material layouts, and purchase reports are automatic. Any change to the design changes all the reports.

Benefits Of SketchList 3D

  • SketchList 3D can easily create a new design or modify an existing one. Save the image with photo-like quality and email it to your customer for approval.
  • And once you get the order – the reports already exist for sending to the shop.
  • It only takes three steps. Insert the thing you want to design or add [pallett, box, boards], set their sizes using one of three tools [spreadsheet, calculator, mouse], and locate the objects as needed. All done. All the while you get real-time feedback on layout creation and changes. This way, in the event, that the next design size or materials differ there is no guesswork to make those changes. And the tools allow for changes in very few steps.

Consider this sample webpage showing one company’s wide range of shipping and moving products.


Now if you are hand drawing your designs you must move on to the computer. And do not get trapped into using standard CAD types of design software. Remember CAD’s use from the beginning meant to be for manufactured products like those cut from metal or formed in plastic. Not pallets. SketchList 3D is all about designing in the woodworking space.

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