SEATTLE, WA, Nov. 6, 2018 (Local News) -Packaging designer Ryan Gaither believes in the power of cardboard.
He’s laid down a massive sheet of it – as big as a king-size bed – at the Swedish-owned BillerudKorsnäs design lab in Portland.
He flips the switch on a machine that zips around the cardboard, stabbing and cutting it with a robotic exact-o knife.
“Basically anything we create — any design we’re looking to validate – we cut out with this machine,” he said. “This lets us know if we’re on the right track or on a fool’s errand.”
When it’s done, he folds the resulting cut-out into a three-dimensional shape that fits perfectly around the edge of a laptop. It’s designed to replace the plastic foam end caps companies use to ship computers.
Gaither says inventions like this are helping the company build a growing customer list.
“I think now people are more concerned about the impact plastics are having on the environment,” he said. “Paper packaging is a much more renewable resource. It biodegrades.”
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