Stackable Component Bins / Louvre Panel Trays

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Stackable Component Bins / Louvre Panel Trays by 4ndy Jun 8, 2011

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For hanging on a Louvre hook panel, or simply stacking up in a pile, to sort all your nuts and bolts, bits and bobs, odds and ends in.

I don't currently have access to such a panel, so the clip on this tub is a generous estimation, and there is a matching hook that can be easily stuck all over a scrap bit of plywood by using some countersunk screws, to turn it into such a panel.
If anyone does have access to one and would like to share some dimensions for the hooks on them, then I could redesign this for a better fit.

The current design is only two parts for simplicity's sake, and on its side to keep stress in-plane and remove overhangs, but I might consider making one in more flat parts.
Suggest some alternate sizes and I'll make them, otherwise go fiddle around with the IGES part files.


You might need to shave slight bits off the tags to make it push fit, or glue/heat weld it together to stop it falling apart, depending on how much your printer shrinks holes.

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I like how you figured it out while I was gone over the weekend :D

These can be printed with a very inaccurate printer, but the only crucial part is the strength of those tabs, which may need some thick & strong glue for support. One of my original ABS printed ones broke at the base of those tabs during a flat move, but was easily stuck back together with cyanoacrylate 'superglue'.

Also liking how a thingiverse update garbled my old comment on cost...


This is a nice design. What is the weigth of your boxes ? How does the cost compare to commercial solutions ?

I stacked 4 of them on our kitchen scales, and it read about 150g, making that 37.5g/tub, which I think is probably about 40-50g with the hook included, though I'm sure someone else can take more accurate readings.

Anyway while I hate monetary costing, assuming that you print in ABS costing £15/kg and spend an hour printing each one using an average of 150W, with electricity costing £0.12/kWh, this puts the cost/tub at:
(Material cost 0.037515=£0.5625)+(Energy 0.151*0.12=0.018)=£0.5805/tub

The cheapes
t set of tubs that turned up on a quick google product search was £13.50 plus shipping for 20 PP tubs slightly larger than this, making that £0.675/tub and there are plenty of higher quality sets that cost more, including individual bins about the size of a mendel print volume for £20...

y, please try harder.

P.S. I don't actually remember how long the print took for me, I think it was less than stated, but the energy cost is tiny anyway. The screws I used were salvaged from a dumped machine, and I only needed one/hook to clamp them well to a similarly salvaged bit of plywood.

Soon as I start making some to sort out my nuts and bolts, my partner sees the result and is all "ooh! can I have a wee rack of them to sort out my jewellery and bits?"

Silly woman. Metal fasteners go in machines, not in ears. ;)

Anyway, I just printed off some hooks, and they seem to grip the tray quite well without being too thick.

Very useful thank you, I have all these pots of things on my desk, just what I needed! :)

Glad to help! ^_^ Let us know how it prints for you.

I ought to do some tidying up around here too...

This is the kind of stuff I want to see more of, stuff that can be used daily.