The cardboard box is one of the most used but least considered man-made objects in the world. We send and receive stuff in them, use them when we move from place to place, and use them to store things, but when is the last time you actually thought about the design of a cardboard box?
Students at the Albert Nerken School of Engineering at Cooper Union spent a long time thinking about boxes and improved upon the design. Henry Wang and Chris Curro created the "Rapid Packing Container," a more environmentally friendly and efficient version of the plain old boxes that we are all used to. By using 15-22% less cardboard, eliminating the need for tape, and altering it's shape, Curro and Wang created a container that is cheaper to produce and allows for faster packing. Check out the video introduction to the design project below and think about this the next time the you have a package to send.