What's new at Shadowbox Tools?

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Sept 4th, 2019: Ship with your UPS account and more!


We have been pretty pre-occupied shipping out orders, but were able to squeeze in a couple of new features.

  • You can now ship against your Fedex/UPS account number, potentially saving you shipping costs
  • Purchase order numbers can be directly entered in the website
  • The foam inserts can now have it's name changed to some memorable Example: Tim's black toolbox drawer 1
  • Notes can be directly added to foam insert, providing direct communication to our team about the specific insert.
  • Terms of Service, Privacy Policy, Product Policy, Shipping Policy, Return Policy, and Payment Methods have been publicly posted


comparison of two toolbox insert renders

July 9th,2019: Smoother Paper Trace Outlines


Previously there were small jazzed edges that were in the paper trace renders, now that's a thing of the past. The new algorithm update preforms additional smoothing of the edges to improve contour quality.


June 11th, 2019: Self assembly option and more


We made many small tweaks to the website in this update. Most notably, we now have an option for our more price-sensitive customers to save money by peeling and sticking the foam on their end.

To use this feature, all you need to do is add an item to cart, and select the option in the cart.

Some of our other improvements are listed below:

  • Paper trace now works with FireFox browsers
  • Internet Explorer users are shown a warning about limited funtionality
  • The entire site got a general face lift, and many small UI issues have been resolved

Toolbox foam insert cut by hand

April 29th, 2019: Paper Trace V3


We just pushed out another update to our image processing algorithm. A few of our customers had issues with the our program picking up all the tool outlines.

Some tweaks were made, and the image processing server is returning much better results!


Online cad tool to create 5s foam inserts

March 19th, 2019: CAD Tool V2


After a few months of work, we are proud to introduce v2 of our online CAD tool. Almost every line of code on the CAD tool and our backend servers has been rewritten for this update

Here's what's new:

  • The rendering engine has been updated to remove distortion when viewing large objects
  • The user interface has been updated to dedicated modes for adding finger holes and moving tools
  • The CAD tool is easier to use on mobile and touch devices
  • Under the hood we upgraded the communication format between our systems, laying the foundation for adding new products in the future

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December 10th, 2018: Facility Upgrade Complete!


It was a stressful two weeks, but the move to our large facility is now complete.
There will be slightly higher lead times this week as we work through our backlog.
Reach out if you have any questions.


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November 23rd, 2018: Moving to a new manufacturing facility


We are going through some growing pains, and we are in process of moving to a new facility. While we setup the new facility, our ability to fufill orders will be down for approximately 10 business days.
We will have access email during the entire time, so if you have any questions. Please feel free to reach out.


toolbox drawer traced with paper

October 20th, 2018: Paper Trace V2


It's been some time, and we have been staring at our computers for too long. Here's what's new.


  • We completely rewrote our paper trace image processing algorithm to be 200% faster and more robust against lighting conditions.
  • Our server infrastructure have been completely redesigned, enabling us to push more updates, more reliably
  • We moved around some of the pages and content on the website to make things flow more logically
  • We wrote a large chunk of code for our new capture method. She's still not ready for primetime yet.

Sign up for our email newsletter on the bottom of the website to be notified, when the new capture method is available


grid array in toolbox drawer foam

August 26th, 2018: Auto generated universal inserts


Ever needed needed a general purpose organizing solution?

Such as a grid of holes or rectangles?

Enter the sizes you need, and we will autogenerate your custom organizers in realtime.

Note:We are in the process of moving around things the website to make it flow better.

If things seem a little disjointed, we know.
It will be fixed over the next few weeks.


toolbox drawer traced with paper

August 9th, 2018: Credit cards are now directly accepted


Instead of waiting for an email invoice. You can now directly enter payment information through our website.

Your payment information is stored securely by our payment processor StripeĀ®.
This means that your credit card information is never stored on our servers.

Every order is still manually verified by us prior to charging your card.
More updates are in the pipeline. Stay tuned.


toolbox drawer traced with paper

July 20th, 2018: Instant order confirmation emails


Another 1999-styled update.

Just submitted an order?

Previously, you were left in the dark for a few hours after placing an order. Unacceptable.
Now after placing an order, you will instantly recieve an email with your order summary!

To pay, you still need to wait for a PayPal invoice. But that's going to change very soon.

Stay tuned.


July 8th, 2018: Real time shipping prices


Innovating like it's 1999...
No more waiting see your shipping price.

We will show you a list of shipping options and automatically pick the best value for you.


June 29th, 2018: You can now delete tool cutouts or finger holes!


Accidentally created an extra finger hole?
Now you can delete it.
Just click the cutout, and press the delete button on the top left.

Got some suggestions for improvements? Email us. We love hearing from you. contact@shadowbox.tools


June 25th, 2018: Add finger holes to your foam inserts!


After you upload your paper traces, you can now add and edit finger holes.
Just click and drag on the foam. Questions? Email us contact@shadowbox.tools


June 16th, 2018: It's a 3D world


After uploading your photo, you can now view and edit your insert in 3d!
Everything works right justified from your browser for desktops,tablets and mobile.
No downloads, no updates, no licenses, no shenanigans!

Need to move something a little to the left? No problem. Just click the cutout and drag.