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Modular desk tidy & organiser - PolyTidy

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3D model description

What's this?

Hello! This is PolyTidy - a modular organiser system to help you keep your spaces tidy.

Combine any of the 13 different modules with a base part to snap together exactly what you need.

Take a look at the red image to see all the modules, and please do remix your own or suggest ideas in the comments, and if you like this design leave a like <3!

###How to print
There's no limit to the number of modules you can connect together, so print as many as you want.

For each module, you also need to print a Base - Connector.stl piece for it to sit in. For your final module instead print a Base - End.stl piece so that you don't have the connector hoop poking out.

When picking what to print, bear in mind that a some modules need extra space around them and so will work better placed next to lower height modules - e.g. your phone might be wider than the phone stand, and big sticky pads might be wider than the pad holder.

###Print settings

I used 0.3mm layer height and 20% infill for relatively quick prints, but a smaller layer height will give you a nicer finish. No supports required for any model.

Module - Planter outer (print waterproofed).stl - This part has to contain water so you'll need to experiment with the settings to avoid leaks: Print slower, use thicker layers (0.3mm+), use 3+ outer walls, use 4+ top and bottom layers and increase the amount of material used in walls by 5%+ (see Wall Flow option in Cura). These settings are only a suggestion and you may need to test & tweak them for your printer and materials. If you still can't get a waterproof print, try coating the inside surface of the planter in layer of PVA glue.

###Getting a good fit between parts
Print the Tool - Tolerance tester.stl piece to quickly dial-in your printing settings and ensure a good push-fit.

The models are intended to fit relatively tightly so that parts don't disconnect accidentally, so a little bit of force should be required to push pieces together.

If parts don't fit together here's a few things to try:

Snip off bobbly bits - Depending on your printer and settings you might get a few blobs of rogue plastic along the bottom edge that prevent a good fit - if so just cut them off with some snips. Be careful snipping the waterproof planter piece!

Minimise elephant's foot - Sometimes the bottom layers of your print will squidge out making it bigger than designed. Look for the elephant foot reduction setting in your slicer, in Cura this is called Initial Layer Horizontal Expansion.

Scale models - If you're still struggling to fit the modules into the base, try making the modules a few % smaller (or the bases a few % bigger).

Making your own modules

Use the Module - Flat + design template.stl as a starting point for your design to ensure that your module fits the base pieces.

Remember that if your module gets wider than the initial triangle as it goes up, it might not work with some of the taller modules (e.g. the Large Pot) as it could knock into them.

3D printing settings


3D printer file information

  • 3D design format: STL Folder details Close
    • Base_-_Connector.stl
    • Base_-_End.stl
    • Module_-_Favourite_pen.stl
    • Module_-_Flat_%2B_design_template.stl
    • Module_-_Pen_podium.stl
    • Module_-_Phone_stand.stl
    • Module_-_Phone_stand_with_charger.stl
    • Module_-_Pot_large.stl
    • Module_-_Pot_medium.stl
    • Module_-_Pot_small.stl
    • Module_-_Pot_tiny.stl
    • Module_-_Sticky_pad_holder_sideways.stl
    • Module_-_Sticky_pad_holder_vertical.stl
    • Module_-_Stuff_tidy.stl
    • Tool_-_Tolerance_tester.stl

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  • Publication date: 2021-07-03 at 01:11
    Published to Thingiverse on: 2021-07-02 at 10:30





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