Moidules - Create your own custom made shelving system at home!

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Moidules - Create your own custom made shelving system at home! by Moidules Feb 14, 2015

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For better overview please read 3dprint.com article about moidules! http://3dprint.com/49932/moidules-3d-printed-shelves/

Moidules are 3d printable connectors for creating your own custom made shelving system at home! Here you can find the original set of 6 moidules in stl. -format and a catalogue with information and instructions. With Moidules you can basically custom make your shelving system for any space or purpose. In the catalogue I have 3 example bookshelves just to give an idea of what you can build with moidules. This original set works best with small/madium sized installations.

This original set of moidules is to use with 9mm board.
Click here to find moidules options (with screw holes) for 12mm board
---> http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:725671
Click here to find moidules options (with screw holes) for 1/2 inch board
---> http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:736398
For tiny/small installations I uploaded also set for 1/4 inch board.
---> http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:736403
(If you want to build sturdier and stronger shelf I recommend using 9mm, 12mm or 1/2 inch board.)

Tons of other great upgrade suggestions (like option for back panel, wall mount, drawer) on the list.

I’m waiting to see pictures of assembled Moidules bookshelves from around the world, in new colours and new designs, and I hope other designers get inspired, create and share accessories and new types of Moidules to let the project I started begin to have a life of its own!

ps. I dont recommend using very long boards as when unsupported they tend to bend in the middle if heavily loaded. With tall installations I recommend adding X-shaped structure to the back side to make it more steady. If somebody has time to model accessory for this that would be awesome!


See the catalogue for more instructions and information!

3dprint.com article about Moidules:

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i'm suggesting these to my püarents, instead of always having to buy expensive shelves i can make some :D. theoretically you could use these exact pieces to also make crates

Anyone trying supporting large loads with this? I have 50kg of stuff that needs to be supported. I'm using 5/8" MDF and ABS. How much infill is everyone using?

any chance of a 3/4" version to go with the 1/2" version?

If you're interested still, there's the SCAD file earlier in the posts. Or I can send you a 3/4" version if you want.

would you be able to send me the 3/4" file? Thanks.

Give this a shot. I would check it though. I did this a long time ago and don't have time to verify more than "5/8in" fits at least one of the pieces".

Hey, I love your design, I was wondering if you could make the X piece for stability, also if you could add a piece that could allow you to put a back on your shelves and another piece that, using the X one could just be flat in case you wanted to connect to smaller shelves to form one big one? Thanks!

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What % infill are people using for these? MDF isn't the lightest material so what would give the best balance between speed of printing and structural integrity? Currently 30% infill is taking me 8-9hrs for two L-pieces

Currently working on an in-wardrobe set for clothes.

what layer height are you using, personally 0.2 should be fine, 0.4 may even still get the job done. i can make 2 of these within 4 hours using 100% infill and a 0.2mm layer height.

I am currently printing 8 L-Pieces, 16 T-Pieces and 8 X-Pieces for a "Double-Decker" Shelf with 12 Sides and 15 Floor-Elements, i am also printing a shelf (With 6 Sides and 10 Floor-Elements) for using under my filament-holder with 8 L-Pieces and 16 T-Pieces. The Double-Decker is using 4mm Poplar-Plywood and the smaller one is using 2,5mm thick Cherry. I will probably "fill" the 400 Hour runtime-meter and 3 km on the Filament-Odometer during this project on my Replicator. I really like your design, its really clever and allows for some interesting shelf-designs, it is really fun printing and creating shelfes during the christmas-holidays.

18+ parts printed, gearing up for some wood work and staining.

yeah! Please post a make when your shelving system is done ~

All done. Posted my make!

Can you upload Some pieces for 18mm osb plate?

Where is a good place to get 9mm glass? I live in the US so it is hard to find metric things at the hardware store.

Should these be printed in PLA or ABS?

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I would recommend printing in PLA, with my printers it has been working better.
With ABS I have had more problems. because of higher temperature the pieces have been bending and cracking more easily.

Great simple and practical design. If you need customizable or mixed thicknesses, wall mounting brackets or the ability to add midpsan shelves,
I have created a customizable/parametric version with these features at http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:765152

SHELFIE | DIY parametric shelf and storage designer

These look really cool. Great idea, I never would have thought that you could make almost any kind of shelving with such a simple piece of plastic!

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Hey guys! If somebody had time and energy to model this type of accessory to use with moidules that would be awesome. It would allow us to add a pole for hangers. :)
quick sketch in facebook-----> https://www.facebook.com/moidules/photos/a.1586466601566927.1073741828.1586399408240313/1600863430127244/?type=1&theater

I have created a fully customizable version that I believe includes some of the design features you were looking for :)

SHELFIE | DIY parametric shelf and storage designer
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For those of us west of the pond, our prefabbed laminated particle boards tend to be either 1/2 inch (12.7mm) or 3/4 inch (19mm) thickness. Plus/minus tolerances...

Moidules for 1/2 inch board coming soon :)

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On the Moidules website a supportive backing is recommended;
Could some additional parts be created that have eyelets built in to run some type of string from corner to corner (probably fishing line) on the back?
Or possibly modify all pieces to accept a snap-in eyelet piece?
Maybe just put a small hole in the piece diagonal so string can be threaded through.
If the eyelet had some built in tension buckle for the string it would be ideal for ease of use.

Yeah I'm planning a set of moidules with additional "wing" with eyelet. Those pieces could be used for wall mounting, fasting back panel or adding a string like you were thinking. :) So prototype model coming as soon as I have some spare time! ^^

Job's done - I have created a fully customizable version that I believe includes some of the design features you were looking for :) http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:765152

SHELFIE | DIY parametric shelf and storage designer
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45 degrees parts for loft conversion rooms would be perfect!

I know that's sound weird, but an hexagonal moidule pattern can be amazing and really design !

You will find an hexagonal and fully customizable variation here :

There is also a free form generator to make connectors or custom pieces :

Hope it will fulfill your needs ;-)

EasyShelves Hex
by thilab
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I really want to DIY a wardrobe unit and I think this could work pretty well. Have you thought about using the system for this? I think the only other bit I'd need would be a center connector that gives a connection for a pole to hang clothes from.

Actually maybe a way to put backing pieces on too would be good. Especially for support of larger sections.

These connectors look awesome. I immediately thought about the huge box of old CDs in the garage, and what a great way to recycle them into shelving. I'll have to measure the thickness of a cd case and see if they would work.

Hi, if you're into recycled shelving and have old CDs, then check out http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:537628 CDBITS

CDBITS | Expandable, modular CD and DVD connectors.
by Avooq

I have searched and I can't find 9mm boards anywhere. Where are they from?

Hey! Around here I can find 9mm boards from any local MDF/plywood supporter..
As many people have problems in finding 9mm board I also uploaded an set of Moidules for 12mm board. http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:725671

I'm also working on Moidules in OpenScad. It will allow you to input your own parameters and get moidules for any boards. Some people have remixed some already! You can find them from moidules remixes. I also hope to get mine working soon! :)

Set of Moidules for 12mm board. Option with screw holes!

The customizable scripts are available here :

If it can help you ...

by thilab
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Beautiful work dude :)
I was just looking for a shelf to expose my bests 3D prints, so why not a 3D printed shelf !

But unfortunately, by this time I didn't find any 9mm boards in France.

Keep trying !

Hey! Many people have problems in finding 9mm board, so I uploaded also a set of Moidules for 12mm board. http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:725671

I'm also working on Moidules in OpenScad. It will allow you to input your own parameters and get moidules for any boards. Some people have remixed some already! You can find them from moidules remixes. I also hope to get mine working soon! :)

Set of Moidules for 12mm board. Option with screw holes!
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Really great design... Kupò!

Thank you... Kupo! :)

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My sister had a similar system with fomed metal brackets and precut particle boards in early 70's !. The brackets was secured by nails.

I can't help it... I'm more interested the cute little speakers and flea-watt tube amp. Please tell me more!

Hey!! The speakers and designed and hand made by Swedish designer Vilhelm von Platen. (http://platendesign.com)
Feel free to contact him for further information! :)

I've tried this before. It looks great in pictures but the strength is just not there. If you could solve the lateral stability problem, I'd be super impressed. One concept I've been working on is by tying 550 cord across the back in an x pattern. It seems to help. Great work. I look forward to your progress. Tony D.

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Love it!

I was going to be buying http://www.amazon.com/ClosetMaid-Cubeicals-6-Cube-Organizer-White/dp/B002IT6E9C/ and I think this will let me make one instead!

Awesome! Go for it! :)

Bolle, all you have to do is download the SDL files and then upload them to tinkercad and you can customize them as you please! ;-)

Oh, that's great! I didn't know about that. Thank you!

Very nice indeed. But as other comments already said, it would be great to have this customizable and be able to change the board thickness.

Yes, the license is changed. I hope people will feel free to customise it. :)

I don't know if your savvy at customizer, but that would be so awesome if there was a version that you could adjust using specific parameters in Customizer. Great design anyways :)

Sadly I'm pretty un-savvy with customizer.. But it sounds quite handy solution for moidules size problem. I'll find some time to study it! ;)

Looks cool, but it would be nice if it wasn't noderivs licensed.

Yes, I'm changing it. :)

I have a few ideas on how to make a backboard, but it would definitely help if I wasn't tired... And had time... And my printer actually ships sometime soon (hooray for kickstarter).
What if a backboard was attached to the middle of another board, and a door on the opposite side had a pivot and a pin to hold it in place...
The problem with most designs is printability, and without dissolvable support material, it's a pain to make.

Very nicely done!

It could be great to have these in the Customizer so you could change the thickness to the types of boards you have access to at your local hardware store. Alternately, more thickness options for download, sized for common boards you could order on Amazon or pick up at Home Depot.

Thank you! :)
Yes, I hope people will customize moidules to fit their needs. And I'm definitely going to upload options for other thicknesses as soon as I have time!

Great concept! Would like to see real images, screw holes, SAE versions (5/16" or 1/2"), a way to make triangular braces or add a back, and edge couplers, one like the rest and one flush fit for top surfaces.

Thanks for all the ideas! :) I'm going to upload more options n other stuff as soon as I have some time! Meanwhile I hope people will customise the moidule to fit their own materials.

How about screw holes?

In small/medium size installations you don't need any screws. But for bigger installations I'm going to upload a set with holes as soon as I have time unless another user doesn't customize and upload it before me. :)

Looks great, will definitely make this in the future. Lets make our own IKEA-like furniture.

One request, can you make parts that also allow a back square to be added?

That's a good idea. :) I will work on it as soon as I have some time. :)

Would they work with something like this:

Door Hinge / Door Joint - Smaller One