An easy and practical print that has multiple uses in every home, office or workshop. Great as a gift.
This design features independently rotating layers with cubicles for organizing and /or displaying small parts, jewellery and other things... and can be used to make disassembly / reassembly of things a much easier process. Printed according to the recommended settings this doesn't use much filament, can be printed on small machines and provides a practical solution to everyday problems / needs.
There are three parts to this design:
The Base is the static part that sits on your shelf / bench / desk. If necessary, to stop sliding / movement while rotating the layers above, place a non-slip rubber pad or similar underneath.
Layers are the mid sections in this design. Print as many as you need to store as many parts or things as you want in the 5 x cubicles available on each layer.
- The top is the same as the Layers (above) but doesn't have a shaft coming out the top to accept another layer. It has a flat top instead.
This also features a clever 'Part Sequencer' facility...
When you are dissembling something and need to remember the order to reassemble parts, make sure you are using the correct screws in the right places and not forget parts along the way then this could be a great solution.
As you start disassembling something place the first small part/s removed in Cubicle 1 on the bottom layer. Place the second part/s removed in Cubicle 2 and so on... when all five on Layer 1 are full move to your Layer 2 and start by placing subsequently removed parts in Cubicle 1 etc. until your disassembly is completed.
When it's time for reassembly just refit the parts in the reverse order. You won't forget parts and should get the right part as/when required in the correct order... no more forgetting how to reassemble things!
This is designed to accommodate small things only. Each Cubicle measures approx. 40mm at it's widest point, narrows to 10mm wide at the inner / narrowest point over 30mm depth. Each Layer height is approximately 35mm. If you need to accommodate bigger things increase the scale uniformly as required. It should scale up fine.
When assembled the clearance between the Layer Shafts and Layer above is just 0.35mm to make sure they rotate freely within each other but do not have excess clearance that would make layers slightly wobbly. On a Replicator 2 / 5th Generation Replicator these print really well in PLA. They fit together snuggly and free up to rotate smoothly with just a few turns. However, for even freer movement give each of the internal surface a quick spray with silicone lubricant. This isn't essential but just improves ease of independent layer movement.
Please refer to the Print Settings and Images for additional details.
This is a really versatile and practical multi-purpose thing that can be put to use in a endless number of ways. Print yourself one then post images of how you are using it...
Note: If you like this check out the rest of my fun and practical designs.
2 or 3 Shells / 20% infill
Raft recommended. No support required. 2 Shells and 20% infill works well on MakerBot Replicators / Replicator 2's using PLA.
If your layer clearances are too tight to assemble increase the scale slightly (uniformly) as this will increase the clearances.