Thursday, July 10, 2014

Home-printed toolbox

Here's the home-printed version of the toolbox.  The print quality was about the same as the Makerbot, with one noticeable improvement: no sag in the lid corner. 

I printed the box portion with supports, and it ended up putting buttresses on both the inside and outside.  The outside ones came off pretty nicely, but as you can see from this photo I had trouble removing the inside one.  I'm going to have to look at the SFact slicer settings to see if I can control the supports a bit better.  Another thing you can see in the photo below is the internal honeycomb structure of the automatically generated infill.  This avoids wasting material while maintaining structural strength.  

The time required for this print was about the same as for the Makerbot, maybe an hour and a half for the box and a half hour for the lid.