Customizable fancy pencil holder (you choose the number)

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Customizable fancy pencil holder (you choose the number) by net_id Apr 28, 2015
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I was asked to make a 'nice' pencil holder. I provide the openscad file so you can set how many pencils you want it to hold. The customizer now allows you to change the slope of the pencils and you can preview the stand with the pencils in it as well.


The stl is for a 48 pencil holder (it's almost 200 mm in diameter). If you change the 'number_pencils' variable in openscad then you can set the number of pencils to hold and the diameter of the holder adjusts accordingly.
You can preview the stand with the pencils in it as well. Make sure the pencils don't try to occupy the same space!

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I'm an art teacher and I am always looking for new types of ideas for my students!
I'm looking forward to try this out!

Could you add "%" symbol near the "#"? So "debug pencils" will not appear after renderring to STL. :)

The debug I supposed to only show you what it will look like with pencils in it. The option should be turned off before you do any export. Having said that, I'll take your suggestion on board.

Jan 7, 2016 - Modified Jan 7, 2016

Is there a reason the holes max out at 48 in the Customizer? I have a colored pencil set with 50 pencils and I don't want to leave anyone out...

Great design, anyhow.

Duh. I downloaded OpenSCAD and changed the value to 50 to export an .stl. (Hopefully it wont crash again on export...)

Thanks again.


Hi Jason,
The limits of 48 was to prevent the design being too big to print on a 20x20cm bed.
Crashing? In the openscad? I'll have to try that.


The OpenSCAD crash was just my computer being dumb. It worked the second go around.
And yeah, I also learned the size limit after I modified and loaded it into PreForm....

I have access to a DMLS stainless steel printer for work with a bigger bed. Maybe when I get bored, I'll try and make the most expensive pencil holder ever. :)

If you do make it in stainless (after winning the lottery) please let us all see it

What's the diameter of the holes?

Hi Nojo121,
From the included scad file : pencil_dia = 8.1; // point to point
HTH. ...Laurie:{)

i love it. Thank you!

Thanks. Glad you like it.

This is a really cool idea however, when I opened it in OpenSCAD to adjust the number of pencil holders, I was given an error when I tried to preview and render it. The program had a problem with your 'show_test_pencils' variable. What does this do exactly? Also I noticed that the final bracket in the code, does not match with anything. Just some feedback :)

I fixed this some time ago but forgot to post the reply - sorry for the delay.

nice nice idea: smart and awesome in look, compliments

Great Job! Simple design, clean lines, yet very complex angles. Thanks for the time to put the customizer together. Wish TinkerCAD did not crash during my SnowFlake pencil holder. I had it set with 8 with in one and had to dumb it back to one. Would love to run it in the customizer here on Thingiverse.

Oh, so that's how you make it customizable!!! :)

Apr 29, 2015 - Modified Apr 30, 2015

Looks nice.
If you modify the scad file a tiny amount and add the Customizer tag, it will work with customizer (Info here: http://customizer.makerbot.com/docs)