Scarab Box

by whowhatwhere, published

Scarab Box by whowhatwhere May 1, 2010

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This is a concept work, for a small box with a lid that opens like a beetles wings.

The two side of the lid are geared together so they move in unison.

This basic concept could be scaled to be jewelery box or a broach.

This design would work as mint box or similar, but it is really just a proof of concept for me.


This design is untested

3 STLs print 1 of each assemble the parts (a small drop of glue may help hold the top in place)

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Might you consider modding this into an earbuds case?

Could you upload the design files? I'd like to make a derivative. :)

When I was a kid, my mom had a piece of jewelry like this, except that the wings opened to reveal a small watch. The scarab watch had small antennas or pincers that were attached to the wings; the wings opened when the pincers were pushed together.

Thats awesome, my mom just picked up one of those watches down in Quartzite, AZ this winter!

Alternatively, you could have a small flat rod with teeth on each side that fits between the two gears, so when you push it in towards the box, the wings will open.

Once I get my makerbot properly calibrated, I think I'm going to try and print this.