This model is designed to be an office supply organizer–more specifically a container for various writing utensils, in the shape of the booster rockets and fuel tank found on NASA's space shuttle. This piece is one of three pieces, links to the other two can be found below. The three pieces together make up the entirety of the shuttle launch, and each serve to function as an organizer for different common office supplies such as pencils, markers, and even USBs! A must have for any aspiring workspace cleaner. The model was created in SolidWorks, and rendered using Maya's Arnold renderer. Overall dimensions are 4.0 x 8.0 cm, with a height of 31.6 cm (including caps).
Overview and Background
Solid Fuel Boosters/Liquid Fuel Tank:
- Liquid fuel tank extruded up from circular sketch, offset 6 cm, up to 19.6 cm.
- Solid fuel boosters extruded up on both sides of liquid fuel tank, offset 2 cm, up to 20 cm.
- Liquid fuel tank hollowed out with extrude cut.
- Solid fuel boosters hollowed out similarly.
- "Lip" extruded from tops of boosters/tank, as connection to caps.
- Liquid fuel tank rounded off with fillets.
- Additional patterns on tank created with revolve extrudes and circular patterns.
- Solid fuel booster engines created with revolve extrude of cross-sectional sketch.
- Additional patterns on boosters created with revolve extrudes and linear patterns.
- Sketch of half of the midsection created using arcs.
- Revolve extrusions of large and small caps.
- Cut extrude of profile of liquid fuel tank into sides of booster caps to accommodate for sizing errors
To create this model, we used the image below as a guideline for the dimensions of our shuttle.
Overall rough design sketch for entire supply organizer
Due to sizing constraints, we we unable to make the pieces as large as the original dimensions, and had to reorder the positioning of some parts on the stand. Specifically for the boosters and liquid fuel tank, we had originally envisioned extruded cuts for each individual pencil, four to six total, somewhat like the chambers of a revolver. After scaling down the model, we found that it was impossible to fit the requirements (https://tinyurl.com/p62jnrk) and a single extrude cut was decided upon. The booster caps, due to the alignment with the main tank, had to have a partial cut on the side to properly sit on the boosters themselves, without interfering with the tank.
A fourth piece (crane, pictured above-left) was intended in the build, but due to time constraints was not included.
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.
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.
Pieces must contain examples of ALL FOUR main features: extrusion, revolve, sweep, loft
Pieces must take advantage of at least one of the following: circular pattern, linear pattern, mirror
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