Test Obliterator X800 + Eraser Thief + Yard Wand #backtoschool

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Test Obliterator X800 + Eraser Thief + Yard Wand #backtoschool by coolarj10 Sep 25, 2013

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Arjun's entry for the Thingiverse #backtoschool Challenge 2013!
See the official challenge rules here: http://www.thingiverse.com/challenges/back-to-school/

My creations:
+Test Obliterator X800 (Pencil Case)
+Eraser Thief (Pencil Topper)
+Yard Wand (Extendable/Retractable Ruler)

WATCH THE VIDEO DEMO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFnHFoKe1wI


Pencil-reloading arm gauntlet that fits on your arm, retractable/extendable ruler that extends up to 1 yard, and a pencil topper that acts like a cookie cutter for erasers!

100% 3D Printable. Obliterate your tests with a fresh pencil for every page!

What's Included:

PENCIL CASE: The Test Obliterator X800 is a pencil-reloading arm gauntlet! Twist to eject a new pencil right into your hand! It holds 8 pencils. Never be without a writing utensil. It fits right on your arm!

RULER: The Yard Wand is a ruler that extends to become longer - just like a wand! It can be extended to just over 3 yards. (actually, currently it lists only millimeters, and the yard wand extends to precisely 94.5cm, which is 3.1 yards!

PENCIL TOPPER: No time for cute decorations! Does your standard pencil eraser constantly run out? Do you prefer the higher quality, fancy erasers like the MAGIC Eraser or STAEDTLER Eraser, but don't like lugging around that entire rectangle? THOSE DAYS ARE GONE, HONEY. With the Eraser Thief Pencil Topper, you can twist it through any large eraser to carve out a cylindrical eraser that fits perfectly on your pencil! Now your wooden pencil has super eraser powers!


This is 100% 3D Printable. No additional parts necessary.

WATCH THE ASSEMBLY VIDEO FOR INSTRUCTIONS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiYc4T6qOeo

WARNING: Scroll down and read the "Notes" section before printing. Important information regarding STL printing, left-handedness, etc.

Total PLA used ~ 0.2kg to 0.4kg (1/5 to 2/5 of a spool). -Let me know if I'm wrong, this is a best guess.

Print the parts in the order listed (e.g. PART 01, PART 02, PART 03) and assemble. So for example, X800 Part 01 is the base. Then you stick the X800 Part 02 inside of Part 01. Then connect Part 03 on top of part 02, and so on.

Thank you to user Barz3 who reminded me to answer questions about materials and print settings:

Print Settings and Build Times

+I used PLA from MakerBot Industries
+I used Makerware v2.2.2.89_BETA to print everything. High/Standard/Low resolutions are standard profiles inside Makerware. I always print with my build platform heated to 40C (heated platform comes with Replicator 1 Dual and Replicator 2X), but your 3D printing techniques may vary. Almost everything was printed at low resolution, without rafts.
+Below are settings I used and approximate print times.


+PART 01 - OuterShellBottom: LOW resolution, 10 hour print time
+PART 02 - CylinderBarrelBottom: LOW resolution, 3 hour print time
+PART 03 - PencilHolder: STANDARD resolution, 30 minute print time for 1 piece NO RAFT; 1hr45min for 8 pieces (WITH RAFT to prevent any pieces getting knocked over and ruining the entire build)

I recommend you print the alternative version for thicker/larger pencils FIRST. If that fits too loosely, try the normal one.

+PART 04 - CylinderBarrelsConnector: STANDARD resolution, 2 hour print time (LOW res is fine, but might break after several uses: 1 hour print time)
+PART 05 - OuterShellConnector: STANDARD resolution, 2 hour print time (LOW res is fine, but might break after several uses: 1 hour print time)
+PART 06 - OuterShellTop: LOW resolution, 3 hour print time
+PART 07 - CylinderBarrelTop: LOW resolution, 3 hour print time
+PART 08 - InnerShellConnector: STANDARD resolution, 2 hour print time (LOW res is fine, but might break after several uses: 1 hour print time)
+PART 09 - Final Cover: LOW resolution, 3 hour print time
+PART 10 - AccessoryHolder: STANDARD resolution, 45 minute print time
+PART 11 - AccessoryHolderInserts: HIGH resolution WITH RAFTS, 10 minute build time.

YARD WAND retractable ruler PART LIST: (6hrs)

+ALL parts printed on LOW resolution setting without rafts.
Note: consider adding more mouse ears around the corners if you prints are peeling. I had peeling issues.

+PART 01 - Main Ruler: LOW resolution, 1 hour print time
+PART 02 - Ruler 4: LOW resolution, 1 hour print time
+PART 03 - Ruler 3: LOW resolution, 1 hour print time
+PART 04 - Ruler 2: LOW resolution, 1 hour print time
+PART 05 - Ruler 1: LOW resolution, 1 hour print time
+PART 06 - Yard Wand Base: LOW resolution, 1 hour print time

ERASER THIEF Pencil Topper PART LIST: (35 minutes)

HIGH resolution, 35 minute print time

I recommend you print the alternative version for thicker/larger pencils FIRST. If that fits too loosely, try the normal one.

Note 1: Rotate and move to build platform before printing

These STL files are NOT print-ready. In other words, you will have to use your judgment to re-orient some pieces around the X or Y axes (such as the YardWand pieces and the CylinderBarrelTop) before you can print.

Note 2: Use Sandpaper to Smooth out "X800 PART 02" for best results (optional)

For optimal results, you may want to use sandpaper to smooth out X800 PART 02 so that the pencils can slide up and down very easily. Some pencils wouldn't rise because of severe friction, but using sandpaper made it perfect.

Note 3: Different Parts for Different Pencils Sizes

The "X800 PART 03 - Pencil Holder" and the "Eraser Thief Pencil Topper" come in two versions: one for normal wooden pencils (7mm diameter, e.g. a standard Ticonderoga pencil), and a slightly enlarged version for pencils pencils (~7.5mm diameter pencils). If your pencils don't fit into the normal versions, you can print out the alternative part meant for thicker pencils!

Note 4: Right Handed v.s. Left Handed

The Outer Shell Base (X800 PART 01 ) has 4 holes on both sides. You can attach the accessory holder to either side, depending on whether you are left-handed or right-handed. I uploaded an alternative version of the base outer shell (X800 PART 01) for left-handed people!

Note 5: Don't block the pencils with the accessory connector cylinders!

The cylindrical connectors (X800 Part 11) that connect the accessory holder and outer shell base together might be a tad bit too long. Don't let them go too inside the outer shell, or they will obstruct the path of the pencils as they move along the inside. I think this part should be re-designed so that the cylinders are not allowed to go all the way through the outer shell, and so they cannot poke through the accessory holder either. (if they are poking through the front of the accessory holder, you won't be able to slide in the ruler).

Future Improvements:

(DONE)-Test Obliterator X800 Outer Shell needs a hole to allow easy reloading of pencils once you use all of them.
-An alternative Outer Shell needs to be printed for left-handed people
-The holes on the Outer Shell that allow accessories to be attached need to be modified so that connecting pieces cannot poke inside the shell and obstruct the pencils.
-The holes on the accessory holder need to be modified so that connecting pieces cannot poke through and obstruct the pathway for the ruler to slide in.
-The Yard Wand ruler should be slightly tweaked so that the ruler pieces cannot fall apart when the ruler is fully extended.
-Enable Thingiverse Customizer compatibility to auto-generate a Test Obliterator X800 based on the size of your arm.
-Enlarge Eraser Thief hole so that the pencil can fit all the way through, allowing you to raise the eraser higher as it wears away.

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eraser theif looks like a top hat lol!

I feel its a bit big as a pencil case.

its ok nobody needs inch, metric units are king ^^

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5+3 is actually 8, not 10, but you at least know I was paying attention to your video. Haha! Kool gadget!

LOL woops! But I'm glad you liked it...and were paying attention :-P

There is absolutely no reason to actually use this except for the fact that it is FREAKING INCREDIBLE! Really awesome design, great concept, and fantastic product. Congrats on the well deserved win.

Haha!! Thank you! So true - not sure who in their right mind would actually wear this in the middle of an exam, but I think it does demonstrate some interesting aspects of what you can do with 3D printing!

(although I do have this thing sitting on my desk, and I can eject a pencil every time I need one, even if I don't wear the thing!)

Glad you found it entertaining!

Absolutely impractical, ABSOLUTELY AWESOME!
The videos are excellent. I wish more people explained their mechanical things as well and with as much enthusiasm.

The next step is develop a pencil sharpener so you can actually complete the test.

lol good point....woops! (although it ilcan indeed hold presharpened pencils)

haha awesome
love the eraser stealer, perfect for when those crappy pink ones get used up

This is so awesome!!

Dude... You are awesome and I hope you win the competition. If I had a kid, I would totally make him/her one of these (maybe a little scaled down, though, it looks like anyone who isn't fully grown would have to wear it around the leg).

You rock! Keep on printing in the free world...

hahaha thank you! Yeah, I really wanted to make this a parameterized object, so you could measure your arm and generate an appropriately scaled accessory, but I just didn't have the time to learn OpenSCAD. But perhaps that will be my next project!
LOL @ wearing it around the leg. that would be hilarious.

very cool pencil gatling!

funny but i really like! : metric system is used by an american

You win. Seriously, everyone, just quit now, you can't beat this guy.

How much plastic is used in this print? I don't want to attempt it if I don't have enough plastic.. also, was this printed in ABS? or PLA?

Hey Barz3, good question! I used PLA. Umm, after all the testing and printing, I still have PLA left. I am going to estimate that the test obliterator x800 (without extendable ruler) took up around 1/5th of a spool of plastic. Or maybe a tad bit more? I started with a brand new red PLA plastic, and after printing many parts and throwing away ones that didn't work, I still have enough PLA left so that I cannot see the inside shell of the spool (if that makes sense).
I printed everything via the standard LOW resolution preset on Makerware (no supports/rafts)
Pencil Holders (X800 Part 03) - I used standard resolution (.20mm layer height)
Eraser Thief Pencil Topper - I used highest resolution (.10mm layer height)
Attachment cylinders (X800 Part 11) - I used highest resolution
Also, to save plastic, you can choose not to print the FINAL COVER or the InnerShellConnector pieces, since they help keep everything in place if you hold the Test Obliterator X800 upside down.
I always like to heat my build platform to 40C (since I have a Replicator 1 Dual), but I figure everyone will have their own technique of printing based on what printer they have.
The parts for the YARD WAND ruler were peeling at the edges even with PLA on low resolution. I will have to try standard resolution and maybe adding more mouse ears along the corners to see if I can get the ruler to print more nicely.

2kg or 1kg spool? (or lbs or whatever you use. )

I used a 1kg spool. I'm pretty sure that all in all, the whole thing won't take more than .4kg (2/5ths of a 1kg spool). I did a lot of extra printing and test pieces. But if you want to be save, it might be a good idea to have at least 3-4/5ths of a 1kg spool to print the whole thing.

Okay, Thanks!!

Ok, I updated the instructions to have more detail about materials, part list, print settings, build times! Thank you for the feedback!