Customizable Photo Frame

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Customizable Photo Frame by stellarinnovation Oct 19, 2017
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Made a bunch of large photo prints from my ski vacation last Winter. For some reason, Fujifilm didn't make standard sizes and it proved impossible to find frames that were the right size. What to do..?

The Customizable Photo Frame to the rescue. It consists of the following parts

  • Back of the frame, which has a "hanger",
  • Front of the frame (no hanger), and
  • Clips that keep the front/back together, with the photo sandwiched in between.

The front and back are intended to be laser cut in Plexiglass. Since the back of the frame doesn't need to be transparent it can be made in some other material, such as Masonite. You need a 2D file, such as .SVG to laser cut. Either "flatten" the 3D (.STL) in your favorite CAD program or download the .SCAD file and use the modules called BackOfFrame2D and FrontOfFrame2D (export as .SVG).

There's a drawing attached, which illustrates the the parameters that can bed tweaked in the customizer. Frame width and height you can probably guess... But there's more. "Moar" customization!

The gap of the clips should be the total thickness of the frames plus some tolerance. I used a gap of 6.2 mm for 3mm Plexiglass (that is 2x3.0 + 0.2). Peg depth should be less than the thickness of either frame. When using different materials for front and back, the clip should go shallower than the thinner of the two frames. I used 1.5 mm for the 3mm Plexiglass frames. You might also want to make the hanger sturdier if using Masonite for the back of the frame (increase hanger thickness). The big and small diameter of the hanger are intended to match the head and the shank diameters of the nail.

I had lots of fun making the frames. Hope it's useful too.

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