Swiss Army Tube Block of Science V.1 (SATBOS)

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Swiss Army Tube Block of Science V.1 (SATBOS) by idfarmer Apr 17, 2010

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In biological sciences, we use 6 different sizes of tubes for samples. This two part block, is the only block I know of that can accept all 6 types of tubes. I designed it so that I could split into 2 halves to be used as 2 separate racks. I\'m really excited about scientists and hobbyists being able to produce useful equipment at home... provided they have access to a 3D printer.

Tube sizes that it holds include: 0.2mL, 0.5mL, 1.5/2mL, 5.0mL, 15mL, 50mL

The photograph is of other tube holders that are not as versatile. (You wouldn\'t hold tubes in all sides, just in a vertical orientation. Horizontal tubes are displayed for demonstration purposes.)


3D print SB_SMside and SB_LGside. Use either the igs or stl files. Hold tubes.

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Hi ! you've done a great job ! But When I open it (in SU or Repetier) it has a very small size (ony few mm).
Could you give me the correct size of one edge so I can scale it ?
Thank you again !

I had the same issue. I did a little math and found out that the long edge of the bottom part (the one that holds the 1.5ml tubes) should be about 90mm. I scaled it in cura, and it printed fine. Tubes fit, so that's good! Hopefully the author can post the correct size info.

I like that you added a middle plastic piece for the 15ml and 5ml tubes. I don't like when they aren't supported/held high enough to work with. Looks very cool.

Thanks very much. I'm excited to test it out.

This thing is really sweet! If I had a Makerbot, I could print like a dozen of these guys to use in the lab. Thanks!

Awesome design, but it would be even cooler if you exported .stl files. I don't even recognize .igs format. Thanks.

Edit: Thanks! I added .stl files, let me know if you need anything else.