Design of the Week: Print-in-Place Box

By on May 8th, 2023 in Design, news

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Print-in-place box [Source: Printables]

This week’s selection is the Print-in-Place Box by Printables contributor andyroo770.

At first, you’ll think, “this is just a box”. And it is. But it’s a special box.

The box has a hinged lid and snaps shut, things any decent box should do. But there’s something more: it is a print-in-place 3D model.

This means that it can be 3D printed directly, without the need for support and all articulating parts are ready for movement as soon as you remove it from the print bed.

This ingenious design includes a hinge mechanism that leverages the 3D printing sequence to enable a moving joint without any post-print assembly required. Gaps between components define the hinge mechanism as the print proceeds.

It’s an easy print, although it may take some time — perhaps more than 12 hours on some FFF 3D printers. The result is a very good, instantly-usable box. Ideal as a gift, or a box to contain a gift.

Since the lid is a snap-fit, you might consider printing this item in something other than PLA. PLA is a notably brittle material, and it’s possible your lid might break. Alternative materials could be ABS, ASA (for outdoor use) or PETG. I suppose one could even try a semi-rigid TPU for fun, as well.

Need a box quickly? This is your ticket.

Via Printables

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!

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