This page describes my storage/assortment boxes system: Designed by a perfectionist with deep care for every detail. Thoroughly tested and optimised for fast and reliable 3D-print.
All boxes are based on a square grid with 60✕60mm. It optimally uses the space in drawers, cases and shelves, but also nicely fills the available space on the 3d-printer bed.
The stacking of multiple assortment boxes works well and is reliable. If you stack boxes with double-height or half-height, the rim of the boxes will always match.
I designed the profiles with great care to provide optimal rigidness and stability for boxes of any size. The profiles are made for PLA but work well with other materials.
The boxes are accompanied by a complete set of grid rails to keep the boxes secure in place. Glue or screw them into your drawer, case or shelf to stop the boxes from moving.
Optimized for FFF
These storage boxes were designed for FFF from the ground up. Every feature is optimised to allow fast and reliable prints and ensure the best results.
There are two spaces to place 12mm (½”) labels. It allows to read the label from above, but also if the assortment boxes are stacked or on a shelf.
For certain heights, there are split boxes you can print on smaller print beds and glue together. It allows creating boxes of any size.
Each assortment box has a unique and logical part number. It is easy to find the file for an already printed box to create some more.
There are variants with various divider layouts that allow you to store even more items in a single storage box.
Download the free set now!
Test these features on your printer and download a free set of regular, flat and tall assortment boxes, grid rails and lids. Use these files to test the objects as you like and make sure they are exactly what you need. If you like them, I invite you to buy the full sets for a small amount in the shop.
…or buy the full set
I found the 60×60mm raster fits into almost every drawer and on every shelf. The smaller assortment boxes have the right size for screws and electronic components. They are still large enough you can grab the components with your fingers.
A benefit of the square raster is the flexibility of how you orient your storage boxes in a drawer. Long boxes can be oriented horizontally or vertically, which I found especially useful to fill gaps at the backside of a drawer with boxes for long screws.
The 60mm raster matches most (European) furniture, make the best use of the available space. The largest models are 6×6 units, which is 360×360mm – exactly the size of the print bed of the Original Prusa XL.
The stacking raster is 40mm, which means each stacked 1-unit regular storage box will add 40mm in height. The actual height of a regular box is 44mm, but if you stack two you will get a height of 84mm. Always 4mm more than the added unit heights.
The rims of stacked assortment boxes will always match at the top, even if you are using flat (0.5 unit or halve height) or tall (2-unit or double height) boxes.
There are boxes with 20mm, 40mm, 60mm, 80mm, 120mm and 160mm heights. All these sizes will align perfectly when stacked, even if you mix different heights.
The ability to stack the boxes was an important feature of my system.
One one the ideas of these assortment boxes is to make them removable from a drawer or shelf. If you are working on a project, you e.g. grab the boxes with the M3x8, M3x12 and the M3 nuts and place them on your workbench. The storage boxes stack securely, so you can move them easily around.
Also, by stacking assortment boxes, you can fill the vertical space in a drawer or on a shelf more efficiently.
Storage boxes of the same size can be stacked, as well as smaller boxes on larger ones. There are some limitations, because of the 3D-print design:
- 1✕1 boxes do not stack well on 2✕2, or 2✕3, etc. boxes – because of physics. 😄
- You can not stack long boxes crosswise. The groove, I use for the rails at the bottom, would get too large in my opinion. Still, it is possible to stack them crosswise, yet they aren’t very stable stacked that way.
The assortment boxes are using a special side profile to make them more rigid. I optimised the rigidity for PLA, but it will also help if you plan to print the boxes with softer materials, like PETG.
Each different series of storage boxes has its own profile, which is adapted to the individual height.
The feature on the top is consistent for all heights. It makes it easier to grab the assortment boxes, if you remove it from a drawer.
Larger storage boxes have ribs at the sides to prevent bulging if the box is filled with heavy objects, like screws. Larger boxes have more and stronger ribs for the optimal compromise between material use and stability.
These ribs also improve the stacking of the assortment boxes, align smaller ones and prevent them from sliding.
In drawers or in a case, rails in a grid layout keep all storage boxes in place. For this reason, I also designed parts you can glue or screw into your drawer or case.
I created various sizes of grids, so you can fill the space in your drawer, shelf or case as good as possible.
Optimized for FFF
The FFF (Fused Filament Fabrication) process has a number of pros and cons. I designed my organiser boxes system from the ground up optimised for this specific process. I tested all designs on a Prusa i3 MK3s with a 0.4mm nozzle, with the default profile “0.2mm speed” until I got the best print results and the lowest print times.
My Goals for the FFF Process
- Print time reduction.
- Optimized for speed.
- Also, the grid size makes the best use of the Prusa i3 MK3s print bed.
- Material reduction.
- Best rigidity for PLA.
- Printable with different nozzle sizes: 0.4mm, 0.6mm and 0.8mm.
- Reduction of stringing and limiting the risk of defects.
If you look at the result of your slicer for a 0.2mm layer with a 0.4mm nozzle process, you see an equal profile with four lines for the walls.
The same object, with a 0.35mm layer and 0.6mm nozzle process, you will get the following profile with three lines.
The mobility of the assortment boxes was an important feature for me. I like to collect all parts for a project and place the boxes on my workbench for easy assembly. If the container is in the drawer, labels have to be visible from above, but if the storage boxes are stacked, a label should be visible at the side.
Each box has an area, where you can place a 12mm (½ inch) label strip. The picture shows the location, which is visible if the box is placed in a drawer or on a shelf.
There is a second spot to place a label on the outer side of the assortment box. This spot is visible if the box is placed on a shelf or if boxes are stacked.
The 45º angle of the label allows you to easily read them inside of a drawer if you have a limited line of sight.
About the Free Set on Prusa Printers
On Prusa Printers, there is a limited free set of storage boxes for free. This is a good starting point to check out the quality of the models and see if they match your requirements.
The Full Set in the Shop
For a small amount, you can buy a full set with all models in my shop. Your money will support all the free and open-source content on my website. Also, I always donate a small part of my earnings to various organisations that share my values.
View the catalog page for a complete visual overview of all models from all series.
The License of the Sets in the Shop
You get these files in the shop under a different license. You will find the full text in the “license.txt” file inside of the package and linked in the shop. Basically, it consists of three parts:
- You can use the files personally to do everything you like to print the boxes and grids.
- You may use the prints (not the files) commercially. E.g. you can sell the printed boxes if you like.
- You must not make me liable if these model files destroyed your printer or similar. 😄
Additionally, if you buy one of the sets, I will send you updates or extensions of a set for free. As you can see, currently, all files are at revision C. In case I improve the models to revision D, as long the email address you entered in the shop is valid, you will receive the improved or fixed versions of the files. The same is true if I extend a set in the shop and add more model files.
If you plan to fill your drawers and shelves with 3D-printed assortment boxes, the costs may be an important factor for you. For this reason, I tried to keep the material use as low as possible.
For a rough calculation, you can use 20g filament per regular storage box unit. The unit calculation means a 1×1 box has 1 unit, and a 2×2 box has 4 units. The following table assumes PLA filament for 20 EUR per kg. Energy costs and amortisation of your printer are not included in the calculation.
|40||1×1||1||40×1×20g = 800g||16 EUR|
|15||1×2||2||15×2×20g = 600g||12 EUR|
|10||1×3||3||10×3×20g = 600g||12 EUR|
|5||2×2||4||5×4×20g = 400g||8 EUR|
You will approximately pay 48 EUR filament costs for 70 storage boxes, which will completely fill a drawer or shelf of 90×48cm (~0.5m²).
Frequently Asked Questions
May I sell printed boxes?
Yes, you can sell printed assortment boxes from the full sets you bought in the store.
May I convert or modify the objects and files?
Yes, you can convert and modify the objects as you like in order to print them. You must not create and publish derived or modified versions of the storage boxes without my consent.
Do you provide Fusion360 sources for the boxes?
No, currently, I have no plans to publish the sources for the assortment boxes.
How do you use the earnings of the sold sets?
Your money will support all the free and open-source content on my website. Also, I always donate a small part of my earnings to various organisations that share my values.
How to Print the Boxes?
Printing the boxes and the grids is simple:
- Download the 3MF files and load them in your slicer software.
- Make sure the bottom of the boxes and the grids are oriented to the printing plate.
- For the best results, use a 0.4mm nozzle and 0.2mm layer height.
- The boxes are optimised for PLA, but other materials, like PETG works well.
To save a few minutes, you can try to reduce the infill to 0%, it will remove some really small infills.(Revision C of the models provide no savings with 0% infill anymore)
Do you have a recommendation for a 3D Printer?
The photos of all the boxes you see on this page were printed with a Prusa MK3S+ and Prusa Mini+. These are the only printer I own, and they work perfectly, but I lack the comparison to give any recommendations.
Pictures of Real Prints
The pictures in the following gallery were printed on a Prusa i3 MK3s printer, with a 0.4mm nozzle, 0.2mm layer height using Prusament PLA filament. I used the default slicer profile, 0.2mm speed from Prusa.