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This is an Astronaut Helmet Paperclip Holder. This piece consists of two parts: the body and the visor. It will fit into a 16cm by 13cm cube. The piece sits at a height of cm. The visor has the ability to be moved up and down to reveal the paperclips or other stationary put into it.
As well, shown here is another piece from the same space collection: the Solar System ExpoMarker Holder! Perfect for other markers too!
This piece was made as a collection, check my partner's piece out here:
Overview and Background
How it Was Made:
My partner and I started our design process by looking up various astronaut helmet designs. Some included:
When making the item, we started out by sketching out the idea and listing the steps we think we will use when making the model in SolidWorks. We divided the helmet into two pieces: the helmet body and the visor. We proceeded with making the body of the helmet first. This was made simply by sketching on the front plane an image that resembles this:
Once that sketch was made, we used a revolve extrude 360° to complete the body. In order to make the inside of the helmet hollow and make the bottom a bowl like shape, we adjusted the settings of SolidWorks so that we would only see half of the helmet. On this cut open half we sketched a curve along the bottom that connected to another sketch that would be similar if we just had offset half of the outer shell by 1cm. With this sketch we did a revolve cut 360°. We then unhid the other side of the helmet in order to make the opening for the visor. We just did a sketch on the right plane of a semi circle. Once this was done we just did a a cut through, which cut an opening on one side which is for the visor.
The visor was made by taking the primary sketch in making the helmet before the revolve extrude and using convert entities to put it on a new sketch. On this new sketch we used the offset tool and revolve extrude 360° to make a larger version of our helmet. We then hollowed it out with revolve cut 360°. We once again made a semi circle for the visor; however, this time we cut around this sketch leaving only this piece. This lead to the visor being made.
To connect the helmet and visor we used a circular hole on the helmet that a cylindrical nub on the visor would fit into. We made sure that the circular hole was a tiny bit bigger that the cylinder so they would have a snug fit.
Once we knew the pieces fit using assembly, we added details. For looks we added some extra revolve extrudes on the helmet to create texture and we added knobs onto the visor to hide the cylinders.
Some things didn't work out when we printed this item on a smaller scale. One problem was that the circles on the visor fell off. This could be fixed if the circles had more support, such as fillets. As well, the visor's circles were too big to fit into the helmet. This can be fixed by making them smaller.
How the Planets Were Made:
The planets were made by first creating a base that was simply a rectangle extruded. We then started to sketch on a different plane the planets. All planets were made by 360° revolve extrudes. The size of the semicircle determined the size of the planet. To add texture instead of a smooth semi circle we used splines along a semi circular path then revolved for texture. To create Saturn's ring we sketched an ellipse and used revolve extrude 360°. To make the holes in the planets to hold expo markers we measured the expo markers and cut into th top of our spheres a slightly bigger circle.
For the planets I think we should create a design that would use less supports because it was hard to perfectly clean them off when it was printed on a smaller scale.
Lesson Plan and Activity
Recent analysis by the Staples finance department has concluded that sales for desktop organization products have declined in recent years. The company would like to ramp up their profits in this area by enhancing the aesthetic nature of these products.
Your group of two has been hired to design a set of theme-based organizational products. Your team will design a set of office supplies that are tied together with a common theme. You must be able to justify the theme that connects the products together. The idea is that the customer will not want to buy just one; they will want to buy the whole set.
-You will be constructing an actual size model of your product in Solidworks
-Your pieces must be interesting to look at and unique - a conversation starter. An individual walking by would do a double take to more closely examine the amazingly artistic item you’ve created.
-Your pieces must contain examples of ALL FOUR main features: extrusion, revolve, sweep, loft
-Your pieces must take advantage of at least one of the following: circular pattern, linear pattern, mirror
-Your pieces must take advantage of at least one of the following: filleting, chamfering
-Each piece you design should fit within a 10cm x 10cm x 10cm cube
-Should be 3D printable with limited/no supports