This page describes my storage boxes system: Designed by a perfectionist with deep care for every detail. Thoroughly tested and optimised for fast and reliable 3D-print.
- Main Features
- Buy Full Sets
- Optimal Raster
- Stabilizing Profiles
- Grid Rails
- Optimized for FFF
- Dual-Label System
- About the Free Set
- About the Full Sets in the Shop
- Printing Costs
- Additional Features
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Pictures of Real Prints
All boxes are based on a square grid with 60✕60mm. It optimally uses the space in drawers, cases and on shelves, but also nicely fills the available space on the 3d-printer bed.
Stacking of multiple boxes works well and 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 with 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 boxes were designed for FFF from ground up. Every feature is optimised to allow fast and reliable prints and ensure best results.
There are two spaces to place 12mm (½”) labels. It allows to read the label from above, but also if the boxes are stacked or in a shelf.
Download the free set now!
Test these features on your printer and download a small free set of regular, flat and tall boxes and grids. 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.
Buy Full Sets
The regular set has a stacking height of 40mm, which is a good match for smaller parts like electronic components, screws and such.
Two stacked boxes of the flat set fit into the space of a regular box. Perfect to save space for small parts or parts you use infrequently.
The tall boxes have twice the height of the regular ones. Perfect for large objects or high quantities.
I found a 60✕60mm raster fits into almost every drawer and on every shelf. The smaller 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 how you orient your 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 stacking raster is 40mm, which means each stacked regular box will add 40mm in height. The height of a regular box is 44mm, if you stack two you will get a height of 84mm. The rims of stacked boxes will always match at the top, even if you are using flat (halve height) or tall (double height) boxes.
Stacking was an important feature for my organiser. The idea of these 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 boxes stack securely, so you can stack them easily to move them around. Also, you can stack them easily on the workbench in order to save some working space.
Boxes with 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 boxes are using a special wall 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.
Larger boxes use ribs at different sizes, optimised for the required stability. I tested each size and the wall stability was an important aspect of this design. Only if the walls are stable you can stack the boxes easily. Also if you store heavier objects, like screws in these boxes, the added stability prevents deformation of the walls.
In drawers or in a case, rails in a grid layout keep all 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 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 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 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 at the outer side of the box. This spot is visible if the box is placed on a shelf or if boxes are stacked.
About the Free Set
You can download a set of STL files for the organiser system for free.
About the Full Sets in the Shop
For a small amount, you can buy full sets of files 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 who share my values.
View the catalog page for a complete visual overview of the parts and sets.
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 A. In case I improve the models to revision B, 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 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 box unit. The unit calculation means, a 1×1 box has 1 unit, 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).
All parts have a unique part number. If you need more boxes of a certain kind, just check the part number of an existing one and use the STL file with this name.
The part numbering scheme is very simple:
The number starts with
LR, for Lucky Resistor, followed by the year
YY and the project number
PP. Followed, after a hyphen, a three or four-digit object number
OOO and one letter for the revision
Frequently Asked Questions
May I sell printed boxes?
Yes, you can sell printed 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 boxes without my consent.
Do you provide Fusion360 sources for the boxes?
No, currently I have no plans to publish the sources for the 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 who share my values.
How to Print the Boxes?
Printing the boxes and the grids is simple:
- Download the STL 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. Check the result before you start mass production! 😄
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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.