Recycled CD Cases: Doll's House // Toy Shelves

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Recycled CD Cases: Doll's House // Toy Shelves by galile0 Feb 4, 2016
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Doll House // Toy Shelves using recycled CD Cases

Have you ever wondered what to do with all those CD cases laying around the house? Why not turn them into something useful? With a few simple 3D printed pieces (designed with FreeCAD) we can make a doll house or shelving units for toys. The sky’s the limit! You can use the 3D printed pieces to make all sorts of configurations. Plus you can use paper printouts (placing them inside the CD case where the CD cover was) to personalize your doll house or toy shelves.

I have designed 6 standard pieces, you can print them out individually if you’d like, the files I have supplied are prepared to be printed out in groups thus speeding up the process.

The pieces are:

--> 8L_2T.STL (8 L y 2 T)
--> 2T_2X.STL (2 T y 2 X)
--> 2X_60_2X-60.STL (2 X60 y -X60) For the V shaped roof.

Assembly is simple and doesn’t require any glue nor tape. Keep symmetry in mind when joining the pieces and make sure to leave the empty gap (left after removing the black plastic) facing outward on either side but never towards the front nor back of the structure as this would affect its stability.

For more info please check out my video:

YouTube: How to build Doll House and Toy Shelves using recycled CD Cases
YouTube: Toy Shelves using recycled CD Cases

Or follow the instructions from :

Instructables Recycled CD Cases: Doll's House -Toy Shelves

Casas de muñecas o estanterías para juguetes con cajas de CDs recicladas:

Seguro que aun tenemos cantidad de cajas de CD por casa, con unas simples piezas de 3D diseñadas en FreeCAD vamos a poder darles una segunda vida, reciclándolas en estantalaras para juguetes o en una casa para muñecas. Como un diseño modular tenemos cientos de configuraciones distintas, y al poder personalizar las carátulas, horas de diversión aseguradas.

Inicialmente disponemos de 6 piezas que nos permiten ensamblar las cajas (L T I X X60 -X60), están pensadas para un impresión rápida y económica; aunque podemos imprimirlas de una en una, he preparado unos ficheros con grupos de piezas para agilizar el proceso:

--> 8L_2T.STL (8 L y 2 T)
--> 8T_2X.STL (8 T y 2 X)
--> 2X_60_2X-60.STL (2 X60 y -X60) Para el tejado en V.

La construcción es muy sencilla, tan solo tenemos que prestar atención a mantener la simetría y que la parte hueca de la caja de CD quede a una lado en la parte inferior o exterior, es importante dejar lo huecos en los lados para conseguir una buena consistencia de la construcción sin tener que añadir, pegamentos o cinta adhesiva.

Para más informacion ver video.

YouTube: Como hacer una casa de muñecas con cajas de CDs recicladas.
YouTube: Como hacer estanterías para juguetes con cajas de CD recicladas.

O sigue las instrucciones desde:

Instructables Recycled CD Cases: Doll's House -Toy Shelves

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Amazing idea, I'm going to make a display shelf for my Kamen Rider figures out of these !

I presume these will only work with the standard cases and not with the slims?

Yep, design is for standard cases, and even modifying it, I doubt it will be able to support the structure with slim cases.

I figured. Cheaper to buy slim and colored ones than standards! Looking forward to making this for my daycare kids.

this is such a great idea. Going to give this a try, make a great xmass present for my nieces

Nice one man.
Can you say where you got the inlay prints from with the floors and walls etc. ?

Thx in advance...

I don't remember exactly.. I searched them using google images search with a words like "wallpaper doll house" or something similar..

Love this idea! Unfortunately my print plate is small so I can't print the group files. That lead me to find out there is no individual file for the opposing X60 part of the roof:((. Maybe you could add that. Thanks!

same with H8KR, Kinda loose. Will use glue gun to make it secure.

In my case, the CD sometimes kinda slip. So it's not sturdy enough.. Maybe it can be add 'stopper' at the end of parts, so it can do more 'grip' at the end.

Check the video, and make sure to leave the empty gap (left after removing the black plastic) facing outward on either side but never towards the front nor back of the structure as this would affect its stability.
Due the printer tolerance, you can scale the .stl file a bit down, and also to make it stronger without glue or tape, you can use rubber bands.

Amazing! Definitely a great way to reuse all those cases!

Very fun idea and great videos! I put it on our blog ( http://dollhousedecorating.blogspot.com/ ) with links directing people here!

Hi Craeen, Nice article, nice blog and thanks for sharing it!

Great Idea! For sure!
The only things I need is that many complete CD cases!