Flower Box

by msruggles, published

Flower Box by msruggles Jun 28, 2014
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Twist the ring to open and close. This is the result of my attempts to improve the Iris Box and the Iris Ball. One thing led to another and the iris mechanism went away completely to be replaced by leaves.
There was a lot of learning in this project. Main lesson was that tolerances are key. You have to print this at 0.1mm layer resolution or better or you will spend a lot of time sanding. Trust me, I tried. Unlike my other designs, I went through a proper prototype process and printed everything out to make sure it works before posting. Also, no more printed pins. Printed pins and I are not on speaking terms any more.
See it in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0EIR5Jl09A
.STEP files are included on the off chance someone feels like adding some embellishments. I'll send out the Solidworks files on request (ver. 2014).


I strongly recommend using helper disks on the Leaf and on the nubs of the Ring and Bottom. Everything can print without supports except for the Bottom piece. There are two versions of the Bottom, one with built in breakaway supports (that works really well) and one without (if you want to use your own support method).
You will need 16 M3x10 SHCS (socket head cap screws) to connect everything. Tap the screws into the parts and then trim off any burrs that occur around the holes before assembling. Before completely assembling, make sure all of the parts move freely relative to one another. A little lubrication does a lot to make things work smoothly. Order of assembly is as follows:

  1. Attach Leaf to Gear with 1 screw (4 times)
  2. Attach Leaf/Gear to HoldDown with 2 screws (4 times)
  3. With all 4 Leaf/Gears in the full open position, twist the Ring onto the HoldDown until completely seated.
  4. With 4 screws attach the Bottom to the HoldDown.
    If the gear mesh is too tight, sand the bottom of the Ring. If the ring is too tight between the HoldDown and the Bottom, sand the top of the Ring.

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Hi what infill did you use? Did you use pla or abs? Should I print them on a brim or raft

is it possible to edit in Inventor ?

How do you wirte Spiral ? I want to make 5 leaf, so I draw Spiral but i failed. I want to talk to you, plz reply , can I know your E-mail ?

Could I get a copy of the solidworks file?

Yes, you can open with file: FlowerBox.STEP

Mar 4, 2015 - Modified Mar 5, 2015

Which side facing down has everyone had the most success with on the "bottom" piece? It loads on it's side, just wondering which way is the best way to rotate it.

I just went ahead and printed a build plate with 2 bottom pieces (1 facing each direction), as I was too impatient to wait for a reply. Strangely, the supports weren't printed in either object. I chose the object with supports included, and they showed up before sending to the printer, but just didn't print. Both orientations printed perfect though without issues, so support wasn't needed (w/ Dremel Idea Builder set to 'High' build quality).


Feb 11, 2015 - Modified Feb 11, 2015

Could you let me know what are parameters to print the leaves (petals)? Support, unfill, extruding speed, layer thickness, temperature...

I tried 3 times with PLA but failed

Thank you

I used the Makerbot Makerware standard "High" settings. 0.1mm layer height. If you need the speeds and temps I'm sure you can find that information online. The leaves shouldn't be particularly challenging shapes to print. How did your print fail?

Hi. would it be possible for you to send me the solid works files. I like the mechanism but would like to modify the shape of the leaves. Also what depth did the screws extrude to in each leaf?

Message me an e-mail address and I'll send them over. The sldasm has the screws in it so you can see how far they thread into the leaves.

Nov 2, 2014 - Modified Nov 2, 2014
Tharindu - in reply to msruggles

Hi, you have done a really nice job.. I would like to alter the petal design too. Can you send me the sold works files as well.

Edit: I sent you my email address.

Thank you

Amazing... I had the printer gathering dust... This is going to be printed tomorrow. Thank you!

I really like the mechanics on this flower box.

Beautiful! Very nice addition to the flower box collection.