Design of the Week: Overengineered Doorstopper

By on June 3rd, 2024 in Design, news

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The over engineered doorstopper [Source: Thingiverse]

This week’s selection is the Overengineered Doorstopper by Thingiverse contributor Darth Biomech.

A doorstopper is perhaps the simplest device one can make. It’s literally just a wedge of material, usually wood, used to prop open doors. We’ve all used them.

This doorstopper isn’t like that at all. It is wildly over-engineered, and that makes it sufficiently fun to be our Design of the Week.

How over-engineered is it? Quite a bit. The design involves having the door slide overtop of the doorstopper, whereupon a flap pulls up to lock the door in place. Darth Biomech describes how it works:

“A doorstopper I made to lock my doors in place so that the wind wouldn’t shut them with excessive force. It snaps to lock the door with a satisfying sound, and the door can be released if you step on the doorstopper.”

As you might imagine, this project requires some hardware beyond the 3D printed parts. You’ll need a spring, some metal rods, and double-sided tape to hold it in position on the floor.

The beauty of this project is that it is so ridiculously over-engineered. You don’t need anything so complicated, but yet, we build it because we can.

Via Thingiverse

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!