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Clamp Box

by J_Hodgie, published

Clamp Box by J_Hodgie Feb 17, 2011

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Description

A box where the lid arms clamp down to hold it in place when the knob is turned.

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The 3mm filament was very loose in the clamp arm holes, so I super glued little pieces in.

Then as you have found, the lid when fully open allows the clamp arms to fall out through the notch where they are inserted.

I added a dab of hot glue to where they are inserted then placed all the clamp arms in the slots in the locked position, then put the gear top part of the lid on and presto
!

Now you can open and close it all you want with no falling out clamp arms.

It is a little tricky to put together this way, but much better in the end.

On the knob part on the end of the axle you should see a oval shape(circle with the sides cut off), this matches the shape in the lid part. When they are inserted and the knob is rotated, they should catch, which stops it from falling apart. There are 2 possible orientations that the knob will stay latched in through the full movement of the lid(assuming it printed correctly).

Also, if you don't have 3mm filament, some M3 screws should be able to replace it, just put them in after the the lid is assembled.

I agree..

This model is so awesome! - but it falls short because:

1) It depends on a particular filament diameter for the linch pins
2) No locking to prevent the top from falling apart as you rotate it.

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Instructions

To build the clamp box you will need to print one of the base options (regular, extra tall, or just a ring), the lid, knob, and 6 clamp arms.

To clean up the parts start by taking a bit of 3mm filament and run it along the grooves in the knob. If it sticks at any point, take a knife and widen the slot. The next clearance to check if take the arms and run them along the slots in the lid.

Next, insert a bit of 3mm filament into the holes in each of the clamp arms and trim it to be about 4mm from the surface.

Now take the knob and lid pieces and line up the axle bit on the knob with the hole in the center of the lid on the side with the slots. Turn it clockwise until the end of the slots in the knob line up with the slots in the lid.

Take the clamp arms you made earlier and push them into the slots. The 3mm filament should fit in the knob slots.

When you put the lid on the base there are bumps in the lid that line up with holes in the base, they should fall into place fairly easily. To lock the lid in place turn the knob clockwise until it stops.

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Linkreincarnate on Feb 22, 2011 said:

Thisfalls apart too often. How do you secure the pins inplace and keep the top from falling off?

codexmas on Feb 24, 2011 said:

The 3mm filament was very loose in the clamp arm holes, so I super glued little pieces in.

Then as you have found, the lid when fully open allows the clamp arms to fall out through the notch where they are inserted.

I added a dab of hot glue to where they are inserted then placed all the clamp arms in the slots in the locked position, then put the gear top part of the lid on and presto
!

Now you can open and close it all you want with no falling out clamp arms.

It is a little tricky to put together this way, but much better in the end.

cyberbadger on Feb 22, 2011 said:

I agree..

This model is so awesome! - but it falls short because:

1) It depends on a particular filament diameter for the linch pins
2) No locking to prevent the top from falling apart as you rotate it.

hexitex on Feb 21, 2011 said:

Nice, but can't help thinking that there is some attribution to the movement of http://www.thingiverse.com/thi... :-[

BenJackson on Feb 22, 2011 said:

Cams have been around for a long time. For more inspiration check out this series of videos taken from a 40s or 50s era educational film on mechanical computing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... (that's part 2 where they start discussing cams).

zgbot on Feb 20, 2011 said:

this is a fantastic model thanks for uploading it

rhmorrison on Feb 19, 2011 said:

Super design and works well but I can think of one big improvement.

It is not easy to grab the gear to open the box.

It would be much easier to open and close if the indents were finger formed like some of the knobs available on thingiverse.

Alternately one could make another part that fits into the gear and has a easy to grip knob.

cyberbadger on Feb 19, 2011 said:

I printed all the parts, but I have no 3mm filament. Alternative part for that?

J_Hodgie on Feb 19, 2011 said:

Some short M3 screws should work. Assemble the lid like normal than insert the screws through the knob part into the 3mm filament hole.

rhmorrison on Feb 19, 2011 said:

What is the "ClampBoxRobotHolder" for? *DONT_KNOW*

J_Hodgie on Feb 19, 2011 said:

Hmm, seems I forgot to mention that.

It is possible to attach things to the underside of the lid, it is just an example I use.

Linkreincarnate on Feb 19, 2011 said:
jmil on Feb 18, 2011 said:

video PLEASE!!!

jkeegan on Feb 17, 2011 said:

This is begging for a short video..

Anonymous on Feb 17, 2011 said:

where do the honeycombs come from? is this just a skeinforge setting for the filling, or how do you make them?

looks rally nice, im going to print one

J_Hodgie on Feb 17, 2011 said:

The honeycomb is the default fill pattern in replicatorG

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