This Wave Tape Dispenser is the perfect way to spice up any boring cubicle or office space! It doubles as decor and supplies. Water-loving workers can glance at this tape dispenser for tasteful reminders of the peaceful ocean on a horrible day at work.
I worked with a partner ln this project. This piece is part of a set of 2 waterpark-themed office supplies. Check out the Waterslide Paper clip holder here: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4095360/files
The dimensions of the wave are 16.5 cm x 10 cm x 5 cm.
Overview and Background
First, we created a 16.5cm by 5 cm constraint box on the top plane. We then sketched and extruded a rectangle on the top plane. We sketched a circle on the front plane that was tangent to the centerline of the rectangle. We offset and cut out a piece of the circle to create an arc that we then built off of. We sketched different sized and shaped arcs until we were happy with the results. We extruded all of the arcs to different depths with the sketch as a midplane. For the curls holding the roll of tape, we used arcs and offset then extruded from midplane to get the desired effect. We cut notches into the curls that held the axle of the roll. Then we moved on the base. We used a mixture of splines and arcs to create waves that we then extruded on the base. Last we used arcs to create the crest that held the blade and cut a notch for the blade to fit in after printing.
The changes we made were to the sizes and shapes of the arcs so that they created a wave shape that we were satisfied with. During the design process, we struggled with zero thickness geometry errors. We finally found that this was due to the extrusions we were trying to make. The sketches that the extrusions were based on started on edges were to faces met. When a sketch is extruded from this point it results in geometry with "zero thickness" to fix this we extended our sketches into the sketch of the base because once it was extruded the extrusions would all merge. Also, when the set was printed, we realized that we designed the wave tape dispenser too large compared to the size of the waterslide. We had to scale up the waterslide(https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4095360/files) when slicing in order to make the set work.
To Prepare For Printing:
We had to split the wave into two pieces to avoid using supports. Because of this, we had to make two holes in the sides of the newly split pieces and separate pegs so they could fit together. When it printed we found that although we left 2 mm of space between the size of the hole and the peg, the pegs were about a mm to big for the holes. We ended up hot gluing the pieces together so that is was one piece.
First and very rough sketch
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
To complete the tape dispenser we used the blade of a plastic tape holder and a standard tape roll.