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Economical Interlocking Hex Drawers

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I was inspired by O3D's HIVE Modular Hex Drawers. They are absolutely brilliant, but I wanted something a little more efficient on plastic. My first thought was a quick remix, but I ended up redesigning them from scratch.

The result uses 2cm of sturdy interlocking ends and a single-thickness wall for the rest of the frame. This uses about half the plastic of the HIVE design, while also being 50% longer. This gives me a bit more space while still fitting in my MPSM's 12x12x12cm build volume.

Using the same settings (2 perimeters, 30% infill, sli3cr)
Economical Hex Drawer Frames: 42g
Economical Hex Drawer Drawers: 20g

v1.1 Add brace to stiffen front of drawer where handle attaches, about 2% more plastic
v1.2 Add optional brace to frame (hexDrawers_v1.2_bodyBraced.stl), this version uses 53g of plastic

I'd strongly suggest using the updated versions. Each pair only uses abut 15% more plastic, but they feel a lot sturdier and will hold up to more wear.

  • 3D file format: SCAD and STL
  • Publication date: 2019/09/11 at 11:42



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It should be a fairly easy update from the OpenSCAD files. That said, the print-head has to travel between the braces anyway and you'd need quite a bit of bridging. You could probably get it to work, but it might be a bit of a project.

Tried to figure out myself but didn't manage to. Maybe crate a version with 45 degree "supports" only without full inner walls

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