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Economical Drawers

by dto26, published

Economical Drawers by dto26 Sep 2, 2016
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Summary

I saw a number of different small parts drawers on Thingiverse and noticed that most of them used a good amount of filament. I wanted to make a cost efficient version that looked beautiful and was easy to print. This is the outcome.

Print Settings

Rafts:

Doesn't Matter

Supports:

Yes


Notes:

If you are worried about tolerances, scale the shelf up 1%

How I Designed This

The voronoi pattern not only looks nice but it gives rigidity to the shelf while also reducing the use of filament. The many holes in the pattern also allow for easy wall mounting. The shelves are 10 mm thick rims that are big enough and strong enough to support the drawers without having to waste a lot of filament. I designed each part with the intent to reduce the need for supports.

152 mm x 100 mm x 100 mm

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Will need supports. Got about 3 hours in and many parts were not holding up so I ended up stopping to prevent further waste. Printed with a anet a8 with pls.

I should have specified that the shelf needed supports. Let me know how it turns out!

I try it in ABS but it's not working. Fail at 50% due to thermal retractation (even with 100°C bed heat). Sould retry with PLA.

I noticed this says no supports, but if you look at the file many parts of the shelf holder will be floating in the air if you do not use supports.

Has anyone made this? If so please tell me how you printed this. (With or w/o supports?)

The details tab says that a design goal was to be able to print this with minimal or no support. How are you orienting the drawers to do that?

Oct 11, 2016 - Modified Oct 11, 2016
dto26 - in reply to echo465

Print the drawers with the handles on the ground plane. Supports should not be required to print the drawers since there are no complex or hanging features. The shelf may need supports though.
Edit: do not print as oriented, my CAD program is saving stl files on the wrong axis

If I scaled this 116% would the voronoi pattern still be rigid? Thanks

I'm sure it would. It might flex a little more but that's not a problem as long as you're not stacking stuff on top without the drawers in the shelf. The drawers help keep the shelf rigid.

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