Customizable Bin for Part Storage & Picking

by i-make-robots, published

Customizable Bin for Part Storage & Picking by i-make-robots Jul 11, 2014


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I'm addressing three issues at once here:

  • A lot of cardboard going to recycling
  • A lot of storage problems at my hack space.
  • A need for laser training test file that makes something useful.
    I based this design on cardboard stackable picking bins I've seen in warehouses.

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Parametric design here. type in your dimensions, save the DXF file, cut and fold. One layer is for creases, one for cuts, and one for the bounding area.

You can use the free Inkscape app to import and print DXF files.

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This bin measures 6" wide, 3" high, and 9" deep. It is designed for 1/8" cardboard. the front lip is 1" high. There should be no need for glue or tape. You can cut this design with scissors, a laser cutter, or your captured superman. Not so tough now, are you, Soup? Keep turning that crank!
Please try it and let me know how well it works for you. After ~10 people have tried it and the consensus seems to be "this isn't broken" I'll make it parametric for everyone to customize.

If you like this, please check out my other work.


Cut on the black lines.

Crease and fold on the blue lines.

Carefully slot the back together.

Bend the T tabs on the top to fit through the holes on the side.

Bend the front flap over the side pieces and hook into the slot.

Label the front and decorate.

Stack on your shelf.

Fill with good things.

Loudly praise the hypnotoad and/or the flying spaghetti monster.

Enjoy life.

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I can't seem to get the dxf files to open in illustrator. Just wants to open it as a word import.

Perfect timing - I was just refreshing my know-how of DXF to add to the Makelangelo software. I have updated the build-a-bin php and html pages with better DXF support. Please try again and tell me if it works ok.

I still can't get it to work. I copy the dxf code, paste it in textedit (Mac) and change the suffix to dxf and when I try to open it in illustrator I get a text place dialog box not the dxf import one.

I can open it in Fusion 360 so I know it's a real dxf file.

Ah! well then... the problem is maybe inside illustrator?

I found an online converter that will turn them into svg files but the color coded lines all turn black but whatever. Thanks


how do I print this in scale without a CAD program? can you please add one or more PDF files? :-))

Use the parametric designer to create DXF files.
Use free Inkscape to load DXF file, scale it, and print.