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Iris Box

by msruggles, published

Iris Box by msruggles Oct 16, 2010

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Description

Inspired by thingiverse.com/thing:4244 this is a box that opens when you twist the outer rings in opposite directions. See this video by Labmat: flickr.com/photos/matthewlaberge/5101233486/

Edit I: Design has been modified to increase the clearance between moving parts. I've also centered and oriented the parts in better positions for printing.

Edit II: Design files posted. DXF, STEP and the original CATpart for those with access to Catia. Thanks to everyone for your photos, videos and design feedback!

Edit III: Be sure to check out Jon Hodgins' version: thingiverse.com/thing:5589

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Sorry mate. I lost access to CATIA some time ago so there isn't much I can do for different file formats.

Hi again! I'm having trouble printing the ring on my afinia. It crashes the build software. Is there a way you could send me the file in a format I can open with blender or meshlab(.obj, ply, etc)?

anything over 50mm (2in) will do. I.e. 55 or 60mm

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License

GNU - GPL
Iris Box by msruggles is licensed under the GNU - GPL license.

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Instructions

Print 5 shutters and one of everything else. Assemble with filament or M3 screws. You will probably need to sand some surfaces and drill out some of the holes. Still offering bonus points for a video of it working.

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Nevil_Clavain on Jan 31, 2013 said:

Hi again! I'm having trouble printing the ring on my afinia. It crashes the build software. Is there a way you could send me the file in a format I can open with blender or meshlab(.obj, ply, etc)?

msruggles on Feb 3, 2013 said:

Sorry mate. I lost access to CATIA some time ago so there isn't much I can do for different file formats.

Nevil_Clavain on Jan 17, 2013 said:

How long should the M3 screws be?

msruggles on Jan 17, 2013 said:

anything over 50mm (2in) will do. I.e. 55 or 60mm

Rman995 on Feb 18, 2011 said:

SOMEONE IS TRYING TO SELL YOUR .stl OR COPPIED YOUR IDEA :(

http://www.3dmarvels.com/iris-...

msruggles on Feb 18, 2011 said:

He's doing so with my consent.

Jaydmdigital on Jan 11, 2011 said:

This is very cool, but very big too :) Unfortunately, I underestimated it's size (85mm diameter for the base ring). And, my Mendel Z got hung up at the 80% mark so it's a fail for me :(. And that was 8 hours later (skeinforge predicted 5.5 hours). Will try again when I get some more PLA :)

As a consolation I now have a very cool looking pencil cup 8-)

Anonymous on Nov 2, 2010 said:

Nice to see other people using CATIA, but why's it done using a CATpart? Would've expected an assembly...

msruggles on Nov 2, 2010 said:

I could make up a bunch of fancy reasons, but in the end I find it easier and faster to do smaller assemblies as single parts (for non-work related designs).

Jarred on Oct 24, 2010 said:

What are the axles made of? Is this a 100% printed box?

msruggles on Oct 25, 2010 said:

In the instructions. The design can use M3 screws or printer filament. Pretty much anything round and ~3mm in diameter will work.

dombeef on Oct 24, 2010 said:

Would you be selling this to non 3d printer users? *DONT_KNOW*

msruggles on Oct 24, 2010 said:

Working on that option. In the meantime you can give a shout out to the community and see if someone will print you one.

Anonymous on Oct 22, 2010 said:

Having some trouble printing out the geared part of the shutters. It just gets real blobbly. Any tips?

Anonymous on Oct 24, 2010 said:

Use Multiply in skeinforge to print more than one at a time. I printed them in sets of 4 and 2.

JeremyBP on Oct 24, 2010 said:

Try reducing your temperatures.

Protocol on Oct 22, 2010 said:

Hmm.. maybe integrate a sliding lock to keep it closed

msruggles on Oct 22, 2010 said:

Originally I tried to get the tolerances close enough so friction held it open or closed. If nothing else you can tighten down the screw a little till there is enough drag to keep it from falling open. Can anyone who's printed the latest version comment on how well it stays closed?

jballard on Oct 22, 2010 said:

How long did this take to print for those who have printed it.

I have the shutters printed, and I am currently mid build of the base, which has been printing for 2.5 hrs and has 4 hrs left. on a printer that only has about 30 hrs of total run time on it. Im hoping to have it all finished by late tonight.

Anonymous on Oct 22, 2010 said:

13 hours total for me.

Anonymous on Oct 22, 2010 said:

I scaled it down to about 3/4 actual size, the projected print time unscaled was way too long for me to wait for. I have an estimated time of 2 hours and 50 minutes for the base. Already half way through that. Streaming it live on ustream as we speak. I hope my motors can hang on for that long (been having some overheating issues, can def cook an egg on my x and y motors).

here is a link if anyone cares to view.
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/...

Anonymous on Oct 21, 2010 said:

I took a short video of the Iris Box in action... http://www.flickr.com/photos/m...

msruggles on Oct 21, 2010 said:

That's awesome. Thank you. Did you use the V1 or the V2 files? If you used the V2 files, did they go together ok?

Linkreincarnate on Oct 19, 2010 said:

I did but my printer supports overhangs. It just uses a lot of plastic so I flipped it for conservation of materials.

ril3y on Oct 19, 2010 said:

msruggles... Do you think you could upload the dxf or skp etc? Files that you made this in? I am going to take a go at creating a laser version.

ril3y

Linkreincarnate on Oct 19, 2010 said:

The ring was a little tight around the base I didn't have to do anything to the holes but I didn't use an m3 screw either. I used a 1/8 3 inch long bolts for drywall anchors.

Linkreincarnate on Oct 18, 2010 said:

After a lot of sanding I was able to get this assembled and working. I'll post a video tomorrow.

msruggles on Oct 18, 2010 said:

Thanks for your help with this. How well did the ring fit around the base? Did you have to do anything to the holes?

Spacexula on Oct 18, 2010 said:

Design files?

Anonymous on Oct 18, 2010 said:

Was designed in Catia V5. Can output .STEP .IGES and some others. Any preference?

Linkreincarnate on Oct 17, 2010 said:

It's just a bit too tight to work when fully assembled. Everything fits together fine but it's too difficult to turn after the 3rd shutter is inserted. Reduce the diameter of the shutter stem by a tiny amount and it should work. Also your gears are a bit tight but fixing the diameter of the shutter stem should be enough to fix it. Great job btw. Looking forward to getting it put together and working.

Mike77 on Oct 18, 2010 said:

I'm assuming you had to print the base upside-down to avoid overhang issues?

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