Non-warping complex deck box with spring

by destroyer2012, published

Non-warping complex deck box with spring by destroyer2012 May 11, 2012

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I wanted to make belrius's deck box, but I don't have a heated platform so some of the flat plate-like parts wouldn't work for me. Thus, I made triangular holes in the parts, and they printed with minimal warp. I also included a spring to make the opening mechanism more snappy.

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Thank you.

I used it on only one side of the box. I suppose you could use two but one was gave enough springiness for me.

Do I need to print two copies of axleside or is it only used on one side of the box?

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See Belrius's instructions. Stick the extra axle part (circle.stl) in the framework of the inner wall (holey_side.stl), and insert the "half gear" (half_gear.stl) onto the axle. Take a typical tension spring like from inside a pen or something and bend part of it into a loop with a ~3/4" straight section so it looks a bit like this:


Hook the round part over the peg in the half gear, and stretch the spring-like part down and under the inner wall panel (holey_side.stl). Lock the spring in by snapping on the bottom panel. The gear is not held in well at this stage. After putting on the outer wall panel (holey_frontback.stl) the gear should stay in and not fly out when you try to open or close the box. I used CA glue for a more permanent solution, even though some of the parts snap together quite well.

Printed on an ultimaker, btw.


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kmemmons on Oct 3, 2012 said:

Just about finished building this project. Couple of tips... You will need to print two of holey_side.stl, holey edge.stl and holey frontback.stl.  Also, the circle didn't quite fit well into the holey_side part so I cut off the two small flanges and left the middle wedge.  I just had to glue it in place.  

For the hinges, I found that 18 gauge solid core wire fit wonderfully.

It took me quite a while to figure out where to put the circle axle.  Could you post a photo illustrating the circle, holey_side and halfgear together?

As soon as I finish the build, I'll upload the photos.  I have a feeling that our Magic club will be asking me to make many of these.

destroyer2012 on Dec 27, 2012 said:

Uploaded "axleside.stl" which is a fusion of holey side and circle.stl. Also there's a picture of how it should fit. I hope this works.. I don't have the object in front of me and I'm not 100% sure this was how i ended up gluing it together. Yes there is a lot of gluing in this project and what you describe with circle.stl is exactly what i did. Good luck! Thanks for making my thing!

laird on May 31, 2012 said:

This is awesome. I'm thinking of adapting it to different sized things, and I was wondering if you could share the 'source' file. What did you model it with?

destroyer2012 on Jun 2, 2012 said:

I took belrius's STL files and modded them using rhino. I'm afraid the "source" is belrius's SCAD. I couldn't get it to compile so I did the next best thing.

belrius on May 12, 2012 said:


idolcrasher on May 11, 2012 said:

May we have a video of the box in action please?

destroyer2012 on May 13, 2012 said:

The box is no longer in my possession. Sorry :P. Maybe I can convince its new owner to take a video of it but that might not be for a while.

belrius on May 12, 2012 said:

Amen. :)

In the meantime, the vid of the original is at youtube.com/watch?v=7Z8l1qjhh3...