Tessellation Shapes in Packaging

Definition:

‘an arrangement of shapes closely fitted together, especially of polygons in a repeated pattern without gaps or overlapping’

Tessellating shapes is a element to be considered whilst designing and producing something that will need to be transported. As companies transport large amounts of their products in lorries or vans, it is important to consider the amount of wasted space that a product makes, as this is space that could be used to transport more products.

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Tessellating: the shape can be repeated and no space is wasted

octagon

Non tessellating: as you can see by the white squares in this image, this is the space that is being wasted as it can’t be used

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