If you specify a value in this field, it will be used as a guideline, not an exact value. The layout of the tabs on each side of the box contributes to the overall aesthetics of the final product.
One of the key differences of MakeABox and other tools, is that MakeABox goes out of its way to create a symmetric tab layout. To accomplish this, we always choose an odd number of outward tabs per side, ie. 3, 5, 7, etc. The value you provide in this field helps the algorithm determine how many tabs per side to generate.
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Thanks for using MakeABox.io! This site has been running since 2015, helping thousands of people generate PDF blueprints that can be used to laser-cut 3D enclosures.
You provide the A) internal box dimensions of your enclosure (the size of the empty box inside), B) thickness of the desired material, and then you simply click on the "Download PDF" button, and after working for a few seconds on the backend, we will send you the generated PDF document containing the template. You load up the template into Corel Draw, or Adobe Illustrator, tweak what you need, and then spool it to your laser cutter as per specifications of your laser cutter hardware. The downloaded file name will reflect some of the main dimensions you provided.
Yes, indeed. You can see them in the picture below. They are called teeth, tabs or notches, but they all mean the same thing. They help each side snap in place when assembled, making the overall design much sturdier and easier to put together.
MakeABox automatically generates "snap-on tabs", and does it in a very specific way to ensure complete symmetry for each side of the enclosure. To achieve that requires dividing each side into an odd number of equidistant sections. Symmetric designs generated by this tool are distinguished by being super easy to assemble, as there should ever only be 3 variations.
If you are interested in the back-story of this project, please check out the blog post announcing its release. And the following Github Repo for Laser-Cutter contains the source of the laser-cut design generation logic. Help is always wanted.
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