Locking Clip for IKEA SAMLA boxes

by rohieb, published

Locking Clip for IKEA SAMLA boxes by rohieb Apr 9, 2013

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A clip to lock the IKEA SAMLA boxes so the lid does not fall off. Based on a previous work of _stew_. This version fits for the SAMLA boxes with 5l/1gal, 11l/3gal or 22l/6gal. Other sizes are in development, see the GitHub link below.

The STL is a pre-rendered version with a length of 40mm. The OpenSCAD script is more customizable, but needs obiscad.

This thing is maintained on GitHub: https://github.com/rohieb/ikea-samla-locking-clip

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Prints good with any layer height. If you have a logo or text, they can benefit from smaller layer heights. Also no need for infil, just print multiple perimeters. For example, with a 0.35 mm nozzle, 3 perimeters are enough to fill the whole body of the clip.


If the clip is too tight or too lose for your box, you can heat it slighty with a lighter, torch, blow-dryer or heat gun, clip it to your box with the lid, form it by hand so it fits tightly, and let it cool.

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Thank you, it annoys me that they don't come with clips, will be very handy

I was always annoyed that IKEA does not make these clips for smaller Samla boxes.
This is a prime example for what a 3D printer is useful for