These detailed Marimba and Drum office supply organizers are the perfect addition to any desk or space! The marimba's sleek design and authentic portrayal of the Zimbabwean Marimba holds up to 6 USB sticks. Any music lover will love this as an artistic way to organize their USB flash drives. Furthermore, the drum paper clip holder is the perfect way to hold paper clips of all sizes in an aesthetic and musical manner. These two organizational products can help organize any desk and hold important supplies. No longer will paper clips or flash drives be lost due to no proper place! Instead, these two products can work in coordination or individually to brighten and organize supplies.The marimba supports the USBs very well due to the pipes that provide support. The pipes are derived from the pipes under the bars on the real instrument the pipes that allow the classic buzz when the bars are instrument is played. Also, the hole for the drum is strategically cut in order to maximize the capacity for paper clips.
The full overall dimensions are:
Marimba: 2.6 cm wide, 9 cm tall, and 11.1 cm long.
Drum: approximately 12 cm tall, and the largest radius of a circle is 9 cm.
These office supply organizers were created in tandem with a partner. Find another piece to our musical set on her page: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3293486
Note: The printed models in the pictures above are scaled down versions as a proof of design/concept and give an overall sense of what the full model would look like, however the full size allows for the USB drives to fit and the drum can fit even more paper clips!
Note: The STL file for the Marimba is upside down as that is the orientation to print it in order to be able to print with minimal supports needed.
Overview and Background
To start off the design process, my partner and I decided on the theme of music for our office supply organizers. After brainstorming a couple of ideas, we decided to make a a USB organizer based on the marimbas from Zimbabwe and a drum paper clip holder. (Along with a Piano Sticky Note Holder, which can be found on my partner's page ^link in Summary^)
^Marimba USB Drive Holder Inspiration
^Drum Paper Clip Holder Inspiration
We drew out these rough sketches of both of the organizers in order to visualize the ideas and have a general sense of what we wanted:
Additionally, due to the specific details of the marimba, we drew out to scale drawings of the marimba since it was one of the first two pieces that we wanted to design:
After sketching out our ideas, we made rough plans for how we wanted to make our pieces in Solidworks that highlighted which tools and functions we wanted to use to create the different aspects of our designs.
For example, the original plan that we wrote out for our marimba was:
- Sketch the “wooden base” of the marimba with the correct dimensions on the right plane.
- Boss-base extrude the base blind.
- Loft to a larger ellipse for the base
- On the top plane, sketch the cut-extrude rectangle for the gaps between the bars.
- Extrude cut the rectangle gaps down and linear pattern the cut across the top of the marimba with 7 instances. (equally spaced from edges)
- Draw a rectangle on the right plane (on the side of wood), specified distance away from the left edge where the top edge is coincident with the edge of the wood (to make hanging off pieces of the bars)
- Linear pattern that rectangle across the face with 6 instances.
- Boss base extrude the first rectangle out blind.
- Repeat step 7 four times with progressively smaller extrusions left to right, each time some cm less
- Mirror the extruded parts of the bars across the back face of the marimba (“doubling” whole piece)
- Boss base extrude a circle centered on the bottom of the marimba bar down blind
- On the bottom of the pipe, sketch a circle with the same center as the circle there for the bottom of the extrude
- Linear pattern the feature across the bottom of the marimba, evenly spaced from sides - 6 instances.
- Extrude cut the pipes at their corresponding lengths
- Cut extrude circle on the longest pipe
- Linear pattern to cut extrude all of the pipes
- Cut extrude rectangle slots through all down to create the slot for the USB.
- Linear pattern the feature along the top of the marimba with 6 instances so that there is a cut in the center of each bar.
- Linear pattern steps 22 and 23 to make two columns and 6 rows
- Sweep for the rope underneath the bars using an arc as the shape to sweep and a series of arcs across the bottom of the bars as the pathway
- Mirror the sweep across the bars. (Rope on both sides of the marimba)
In general, we decided to try to be efficient and use different types of patterns to make more details in a more productive manner.
While we spent a lot of time planning out our designs and methods of action to be efficient in using the Solidworks program, throughout the process we changed different aspects once we realized that there might be a better way to execute something. Also, we realized that some of the choices we made might not work.
For example, in the marimba steps we originally wrote (above) we added a rope in between the bars as that is the way that the real instrument bars are connected to the wooden base. However, after testing out the sweep in Solidworks it ended up not working, thus we scrapped the idea and added other details, such as the mallets on the side. Consequently, although we didn't stick exactly to the original plan, that allowed the product to be more detailed and accurate in the end. Furthermore, we adjusted some of the dimensions to create a more proportional marimba.
Similarly, in the drum, we chose to use sweeps to add details on the outside and cut the iside so that the paper clips wouldn't cover the details. One change that we made was for the one of the details around the bottom we changed what was going to be more "string" into an interesting cut, that we then circular patterned. Being flexible and willing to make changes during the process helped develop our drum paper clip holder into the STL file we have now.
Looking back, there are some changes we could add to further improve our design, such as tweaking the proportion of the bottom to the top of the drum to limit its correlation with a chalice, which was a continual problem we faced throughout the building of the drum.
Altogether, we were able to create a set of three musical supply organizers together that we hope can help organize any desk area and add a musical aesthetic.
Lesson Plan and Activity
Recent analysis by the Staples finance department has concluded that sales for desktop organization products have declined in recent years. The company would like to ramp up their profits in this area by enhancing the aesthetic nature of these products.
Your group of two has been hired to design a set of theme-based organizational products. Your team will design a set of office supplies that are tied together with a common theme. You must be able to justify the theme that connects the products together. The idea is that the customer will not want to buy just one; they will want to buy the whole set.
- Pen/Pencil holder that can securely hold at least 5 pencils. Cups designs must be complex.
- Expo marker holder than can securely hold at least 4 markers
- Tape dispenser that will hold AND cut a roll of scotch tape
- Paper clips/etc. container
- Phone docking station
- USB Stick/SD card holder
Anything you can get approved by your project manager!
- You will be constructing an actual size model of your product in Solidworks
- Your pieces must be interesting to look at and unique - a conversation starter. An individual walking by would do a double take to more closely examine the amazingly artistic item you’ve created.
- Your pieces must contain examples of ALL FOUR main features: extrusion, revolve, sweep, loft
- Your pieces must take advantage of at least one of the following: circular pattern, linear pattern, mirror
- Your pieces must take advantage of at least one of the following: filleting, chamfering
- Each piece you design should fit within a 10cm x 10cm x 10cm cube
- Should be 3D printable with limited/no supports