I have a number of industrial racks I use for servers and storage. They’re a fairly standard design: angle iron and particle board. Interestingly, some came with no feet (which would be fine on concrete, but I have actual tile floors). Some came with only four feet. Some came with eight feet, the other four serving as caps on top of the angle-iron uprights.
When I first got a 3-D printer, I was excited to discover that somebody had already uploaded a design for feet to Thingiverse. The design was for much larger shelves, but it worked—it was, perhaps, the first actually functional print I made.
Josh asked me the other day about how we backed up early hard disks when we didn’t have small portable drives, the internet, NAS, or writable DVDs. I started telling him about my teak box with the tambour top that held 50 (or was it 100?) 1.4MB 3½” floppy disks. I remember a routine of running a backup program while feeding disk after disk into the machine for an hour or two every day.
There are a number of cool-looking thumb drive holders around, but I decided to roll my own using FreeCAD and my 3D printer. It holds six drives with space in the middle for any loose caps. Continue reading
I’m not talking about computer memory.
I have a fair size collection of 1/4″ drive bits. Flat and phillips screwdrivers. Many sizes of Torx. Star drives, nut drives. But any way you cut it, sifting through them loose in a box was a mess.
It reached a critical point when I knocked the box off my tool chest and they scattered all over the garage floor. Colorful vocabulary and lots of searching on hands and knees ensued.
A quick FreeCAD design and some 3D printing later, and they’re all organized. Files are available on Thingiverse.
I have a lid drawer. I dread having to root around in it to find lids.
I have a 3-D printer. I can design and print lid racks.
Years ago, I bought a novelty gooseneck lamp for Joshua’s bedroom. It had four shades in primary colors (red, green, yellow, and blue if I recall correctly). It was fun, but the shades grew brittle with age and heat exposure and eventually broke. We redecorated Joshua’s room, and prepared to send the lamp for repurposing or recycling.
I have always wanted a little wallet that was nothing more than a card case and a money clip. Inspired by some designs online, I created and printed one with my 3D printer. The cool thing is that I can keep fiddling with the design to keep it as minimal but functional as possible. I have uploaded the design to Thingiverse.
I ordered some wire mesh shelves for my kitchen, “Seville Classics 2-Tier Iron Mesh Adjustable Floating Wall Shelves, 36″ x 14″, Satin Pewter.” They looked cool.
Unfortunately, their manufacturing tolerances were way off. The shelves tilted downward into the room. A lot. The front edge of the shelf was about 2cm (almost an inch) lower than the back. Stuff on the shelves would work their way to the edge and then fall off.