Modular boxes

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Modular boxes by Domonoky Jan 24, 2010

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Modular Boxes.

Print boxes and drawers and combine them as you want.


Just print it.

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Ok, make one.

  • 65g of material.
  • 8h+3.5h of printing time at 0.25mm/layer
  • larger then I thought
  • slight warping.
  • will create modified ones when other objects to design are done

Cool... How long does it take to print one of these?

Lets make a system of these!

  • double-wide version,
  • version with hole for a countersunk screw in the back to attach these to a wall in your workshop,
  • end and edge -variants that have no attachment-points on one/two sides,
  • double-depth version for long screws or to use from both sides,
  • a grip that can attach to the top-side of a row of these for carrying,
  • hex-key/drill-bit/screwdriver-set board that can attach to a wall of these on both sides
  • adapter to hand double-depth -versions below normal version
  • ...please add more ;)
  • Double wide version is probably difficult to print. The object is already pretty big and high, so wrapping gets a issue with ABS.
  • Double depth has the same issue, you should probably stack it at the bottom. No Adapter needed.
    All others are probably easy todo. Feel free to modify and print your own versions :-)

I've printed out the box without any noticeable warping with ABS. It just made a problem getting it off from the raft without any damage.

I was thinking of making the back not solid but something like a grid. It should print out with less plastic, get off the raft easier and you will be able to mount it with a countersunk screw.

Also, what bothers me is that the slots come out 1-1,5mm bigger than the male counterpart.

Did you use a heated bed or some unconventional print-settings to
get no warping in ABS?

That the slots are 1-1.5mm bigger then the male counterpart is intended. My first version had it the same size, but it needed too much force to connect them, so i made the slots wider. Now you can connect the boxes by hand, and they still fit securely together. (At least with my repman and my printsettings)

About the back: feel free to modify and improve. :-)

This is a clever and attractive solution, I will be printing some of these in the future.


Just combine as many of them as needed.
Making doube-wide or 2x2 -sized versions should be trivial
to stack items of different sizes. :)

The drawer version 1 is 47mm(l)x51mm(w)x37mm(h)

Love this, a really good idea. Just grab yourself a label printer and your sorted. I guess you could even print your own dividers or inserts for things like hexagonal tool bits.