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Laser Cut Box Generator Script

by bvesperman, published

Laser Cut Box Generator Script by bvesperman Jan 29, 2013

Description

I have found other simple box generators, boxmaker.rahulbotics.com/ but found I wanted something more. My script has logic for screw assembly and for advanced users, gives you the ability to cut holes and modify the box,

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Download software at

http://www.openscad.org/

Reference manual:

http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/O...

I don't get this. how do you open the scad file .

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Instructions

Download the OpenSCAD file and change the following variable at the top of the script:


width - box width
length - box length
depth - box depth

tablength - the length of the tabs, can also be thought of as material thickness
tabwidth - the width of the tab

tablengthperiod - the number of tabs along the length dimentions of the box
tabwidthperiod - the number of tabs along the width dimentions of the box
tabdepthperiod - the number of tabs along the depth dimentions of the box

screwLength - the length of the fasening screw
screwDiameter - the diameter of the fasening screw

hexWidth - the width of the fasening hex nut
screwhexThickness - this is more of the length of the hex nut, not sure why i called it thickness

exploded - when set to true, will render the plates ready to be cut out, when false you can see the box assembled
explodedplateseperation - the seperation beween the plates when rendered in the exploded view


The values I have in the script work well for plywood that is 6 mm thick. I got the plywood from home depot. And I used 16mm long 3M screws.

There are sub function in the script (BottomPanel, TopPanel, etc) that represent each plate. In side each function is a basic Panel function, if you want to cut a circle or square out of plate just perform a difference method. The transformations are well setup so you can just use magic numbers in the BottomPanel function and it will translate well between exploded and assembled views.

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Bigbird48 on Jan 5, 2014 said:

I don't get this. how do you open the scad file .

bvesperman on Jan 11, 2014 said:

Download software at

http://www.openscad.org/

Reference manual:

http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/O...

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