Do you love the greatest football team of all time: the New England Patriots? Do you also have a burning passion for incorporating your unhealthy football addiction into all areas of your life? Do you constantly find yourself unhappy with the blandness of your current tape dispenser and expo marker holder devices? Then look no further, for these are the Things for you!
From the makers of the Boston-themed office supplies comes the New England Patriots-themed office supplies! The Gillette Stadium Expo Marker Holder is 15 cm by 12 cm by 3 cm and can be found here: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3346763 . The Patriots Football Tape Dispenser is 13 cm by 7.5 cm by 6.5 cm (with the inner tape roll holder being 3 cm by 2.5 cm by 2 cm). Tape cutting blade is not included, but product features a 2 cm by 1 mm slot to hold a blade.
Overview and Background
My partner and I mulled over several ideas for themes such as cars and video games until we were finally inspired by the Fenway Park Paper Clip Holder: (https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1961552) to create office supplies with a New England Patriots theme. We brainstormed several ideas, two of which we ended up making (the Football Tape Dispenser and Gillette Stadium Expo Marker Holder), and others such as a field goal paper clip holder, a football helmet paper clip holder, and a jumbotron pencil holder as seen in the original sketches below.
We did a lot of research on the curvature of a football and did several image searches in order to get the shape correct. We also used the images below of the Patriots' logo and the NFL logo for the designs on the sides of the dispenser.
The football we modeled the dispenser after
The Patriots' logo we traced on the side of the dispenser
The NFL logo we traced on the other side of the dispenser
Original Football Design:
We sketched out some quick initial dimensions for the football to make sure we adhered (get it? like tape?) to the size constraints. These designs are obviously not very detailed, for we also did a rough draft 3D design on Solidworks to flesh out how we would make the part in general before tackling (get it? like football?) the final draft. Photos of our initial sketches and design process list are shown below.
Initial side view sketches of the football
Initial top view sketch of the football
The football was made by sketching the curvature of the ball and revolving the sketch. Swept cuts were done and mirrored around the edges of the football to create the indents between each quarter of the football. Cuts were made down from the top to fit the tape, blade, and inner tape holder. New planes on angles were made on either side and the NFL and Patriots logos were traced and extruded at different layers to produce a 3D effect. This Thing was designed to be printed with minimal supports, and only the indents between the quarters of the football and the nubs on the ends of the inner tape roll holder.
We made a lot of changes during the design of this tape dispenser. We decided to increase the dimensions from 10 cm by 6.35 cm by 6 cm in order to leave more space for the tape laterally and to have more of a cut off bottom for the dispenser to sit on and for the print to have a larger flat base. We changed the structure of the blade holder as our teacher told us the blade would be just a straight piece of metal unlike the bent blade piece we initially assumed we were using. We also quickly put together the inner tape holder as we did not sketch it out initially. Finally, with the NFL and Patriots logos, we did revolved cuts after extruding each layer outward to parallel the rounded shape of the football.
The final product came out visually appealing, but sadly needs to be tweaked in order to effectively do its job. The inner tape roll holder needs to be cut down to fit in the middle of the tape roll and the indent in the top of the football needs to be increased in order to fit a full roll of tape. These errors occurred due to measurement errors, time constraints, and potential scaling when printing the parts.
This Thing is a work in progress and will be fixed to better serve its purpose in the coming weeks.
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.
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