I got many requests to add split storage boxes to my system. Reasons were to print huge boxes and printing boxes on small printer beds. In the past few days, I released an update to my storage boxes system, introducing the first split boxes.
If you bought the storage boxes set from my shop, you should already got an email with the added parts. In case you didn’t, please let me know.
Before I started developing my own storage boxes system, I had a look at various existing solutions. I made a long list of ideas I liked and things I disliked. I liked the grid idea from Alexandre’s design to prevent the boxes from moving around in drawers.
So when he, as an excellent industrial designer, introduced split boxes, I started to investigate if and how I can add this feature to my system.
My biggest concern was the carrying capacity of the glued joints. So, I started several tests with designs printed in PLA and PETG.
It turned out, this was no problem at all. The layers of the 3d-printed objects provide an excellent surface for epoxy based glue. The test objects never broke at the glued seam.
There are 12 new STL files with a part number like
S stands for split box and the
F for front and
B for back. Instead of
XXX, there is a part number that gives you the dimension of the halve. The number
122 stands for a regular box (
1), with the dimension of 2×2 units.
By combining two halves, you can build boxes from four up to six units:
You will find all new parts in the catalog.
How to Join Them
Watch the following video to see how I join these boxes using 10-minute epoxy glue.
I use the 10-minute epoxy glue from R&G. This epoxy keeps some flexibility after curing, which is important if you use it with plastic parts.