Stackable Game Bits Funnel Tray

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Stackable Game Bits Funnel Tray by swholmstead Oct 3, 2017
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I wanted to create a tray that could hold board game bits, allow them to be passed around between players, and has a funnel to make it easy to put them back into their baggies at the end of the game.

This model was optimized for 0.4mm nozzle with 2 shells and requires no supports.

UPDATE 10/4/2017: My daughter recommended putting a "neck" on the funnel to assist in getting parts into the baggies. So I created a version 2 that does improve "pouring" performance.

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I recommend printing at 0.28mm because many 3D printers have z-axis stepper resolution of 0.04mm. They can do other heights with the use of microsteps, but the stepper motor will be fighting to hold that position. If you select layer heights that is a multiple of the full step size (0.04mm), then you will get better quality and much better layer-to-layer adhesion.

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Just brainstorming here, what about a version with some partitions on the inside? maybe 2 partitions and a 4 partitions? or even 3?

These are really great! Is there any way you could double up the thickness of the funnel? The rest of the print looks great, but the funnel is a little jumbled on the bottom -- I think due to how thin it is?

I bet it is because of poor part cooling. The funnel does have a fairly aggressive overhang angle (45 degrees). Unless you have really good part cooling fan, you cannot print overhangs beyond about 30 degrees. At 45 degrees, the outer layer is printed with nothing below it. It has to stick to the layer next to it, and it has to cool quickly for that to happen well. Making it thicker will not help. The outer layer will still be printed over air.

Here are your options:

  • Get better parts cooling fan
  • Decrease the angle of funnel

The funnel becomes less effective as the angle becomes more vertical.

I have invested in a really good part cooling system and I can print overhang angles up to around 60 degrees without issues.

My second guess would be under-extrusion. That would also make it harder for the outer layer to stick to the layer next to it with nothing below it. It might be a combination of both problems.

Thank you. I am really surprised someone else hasn't come up with something like this before.