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Latch lock for chest or sliding door

by lukie80 Apr 22, 2016
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Thank you for sharing! Do you have an recommendations on how to best remove the "red" supports? I'm new to advanced prints and am not quite sure what the best method is. Thanks!

I use a small beaked narrow knife to penetrate between the support and the part. The support then ideally jumps off. I use small pliers or strong tweezers to pull out the inner support. It works good with low-temperature PLA but not so good with high-temperature PETG.

Hi lukie80! I'm trying to use this latch design for a chest I am making. I'm having a slight issue removing the 'U' support from the female end. Looking at the picture in this post. Are we meant to just cut out the side walls of the U or the back and whole thing? How do you get this one out? Thanks!

Trying to incorporate this latch into my custom box. Look nice and simple enough.

I love your design. I have an idea to make it slimmer and to add hole to be able to apply en external lock to it.. can you share the editable file.. and then can show you my idea.

Thanks. There is the source Solidworks file and a inter-operable STEP file. Do you need a special format for import?

i don't know yet regarding particular source file.. i am kind of overwhelmed and trying to learn this stuff on my own.. i just got a dremel 3d printer. and created a design on tinkercad.. but it looks like that online 3d design tool does not allow the uploading of design files.. can you make any recommendations for an application fo rme to use?

BTW, here is my first thing i made.. i just posted it an hour ago. http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1748452 I have so many ideas that i want to make real.

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It looks like Tinkercad can import STL-files: https://blog.tinkercad.com/2014/05/20/tinkertip-importing-stls/

The STL file format is horrible. It is only acceptable for printing because it uses only triangles. If you can, export your models as a STEP-file. It supports solids, flat surfaces, and curved surfaces.

Now that you have a good printer I'd really suggest using a real CAD program. The benefits are, that you can design highly complicated things accurately and adjust them easily. The most known ones are "Autodesk Inventor" and "Solidworks". The first one is free for students.

I don't know "Inventor" but Solidworks has built-in tutorials which descibe the basics. I'd say after a few hours you'll know the most important features.