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Weekend Builds: Desk Risers | MatterHackers

With the various tasks I’m juggling directly, it’s very easy for my desk to get cluttered. Both I’m planning out the following Weekend Construct or placing collectively the present one and 3D prints are likely to pile up. A pair coworkers constructed themselves desk risers to fight their litter, so I got down to do the identical for the Artistic Staff.

Every of the desk risers wanted to perform a pair issues:

  1. Have sufficient house below the riser to retailer gadgets
  2. Be semi-customizable
  3. Have meeting be as speedy as doable
A completed monitor stand.

A accomplished monitor stand.

I knew I used to be going to wish loads of components printed pretty rapidly, so I arrange a miniature print farm, like somebody would possibly in the event that they meant to make desk riser “kits” utilizing the varied printed components that make up this venture. For my print farm I relied on three of Creality’s newest printers: the CR-20 Professional, CR-10S Professional, and the Ender 3 Professional. I additionally went with MH Construct PLA filament because it’s dependable, simple to print, and I’ve an array of colours to select from which might test the “semi-customizable” field off my listing.

This project was made possible using some of the newest 3D printers from Creality and MH Build PLA.

This venture was made doable utilizing a number of the latest 3D printers from Creality and MH Construct PLA.

Designing and Printing the Desk Risers

I lately bought some nook clamps for a private venture – they’re clamps designed to carry two items collectively at ninety diploma angle so you possibly can glue and screw them collectively. That appeared like an important idea to start out with, so I set about modeling some nook clamps that would maintain two items of wooden collectively and use as few items of {hardware} as doable. One half of my clamp would function the brace, it will be what holds the 2 items sq. with one another. The opposite piece can be the clamp – tightening it down would squeeze the 2 boards collectively to maintain them aligned in opposition to the brace. To present myself room, I based mostly the designs round 1” thick boards, so if I used something smaller it will nonetheless match. I added some chamfers right here and there for some primary type and began printing them out.

Printing these I went with a 0.3mm layer top for pace, 20% infill, and three perimeters so the stress of the clamp didn’t crack the components. For every desk I selected a separate coloration: MH Construct PLA in black, gray, and white, and I batch printed them on the CR-10S Professional.

The finished clamps printed in a variety of MH Build colors.

The completed clamps printed in quite a lot of MH Construct colours.

Designing and Printing Cable Group

At any time when I’m engaged on a venture that makes use of wires of any type (organising a brand new laptop station, constructing a 3D printer, wiring up a venture) I’m all the time anxious to get began with tidying up the wiring fairly than leaving it the place it really works however is messy. I needed to create a pair various things that might assist these risers look rather a lot tidier; a cable grommet within the high of the riser and a wire run on the underside. These two have been pretty easy to make because the grommet might be reverse engineered from one other coworker’s desk that got here with one and the wire run would simply be a easy hook that was stretched out. For the grommet lid, I needed to depend on the pure snap-fit you will get utilizing the layer traces of the 3D print to maintain the lid on, since gluing it will imply breaking it aside to get cables out and screws appeared extreme for a easy grommet. I experimented with what the printer I used to be working with might obtain the precise match, and located {that a} 0.25mm hole between the cap and the bottom was simply the precise match to let it snap in.

I used to be capable of print two units at a time on the Ender 3 Professional’s magnetic versatile mattress, which made half removing very easy and I might rapidly transfer on from one batch to the following, and I used MH Construct PLA Brown. To match the experiments I ran for press becoming, I printed each bit at 0.3mm layers, and since these wouldn’t face loads of put on, I went for a ten% infill and a pair of perimeters.

Ready for some cable organization using the new grommet and hook.

Prepared for some cable group utilizing the brand new grommet and hook.

Designing and Printing a Catch All

To proceed on with the theme of customizability, I needed to create one thing that would act as a base for future concepts, so we wouldn’t be locked in with what I might first give you. One thing just like the grommet the place it’s a gap by means of the highest of the riser, however maintaining the liberty to swap it out later. It’s principally a cup holder, however I made a pair totally different variations: one with some holes within the base for condensation or one with a strong backside to make use of as a pencil holder as a substitute. Later I might even come again and determine I would like some dividers in it so I’ve a small tray in a single half and pens and pencils within the different. In designing this, I used to be particular within the contours of it to make it printable with none help, and I did this by including chamfers to overhangs and mating faces so they might slot collectively.

The versatile magnetic construct plate and computerized mattress leveling of the CR-20 Professional made it very easy to print a few these at a time and rapidly batched by means of them. I requested the remainder of the workforce what coloration and model they needed their set in and printed them in MH Construct PLA orange, gray, blue, and gold.

The Catch All makes for easy customization and swapping between a pencil holder or cup holder.

The Catch All makes for simple customization and swapping between a pencil holder or cup holder.


At this level, all of the printing was accomplished and I needed to get to meeting. We bought some 4’ x 1’ x ½” boards from the ironmongery shop and chopped 9” off the top to make up the legs. I did this utilizing a desk noticed, since that’s the software we had, however you may simply as simply use a round noticed, jigsaw, or perhaps a hand noticed for it. Mounting the nook brackets was tremendous easy; simply 4 bolts and nuts per riser, screwed them collectively and made certain the whole lot was aligned earlier than tightening them down.

The grommet and catch all wanted holes minimize out for them, and whereas I’d have most popular utilizing plain previous energy instruments, we truly didn’t have any available to get the job accomplished, so I needed to arrange a CNC 3D Carver to chop out these two holes. If we had the instruments, I’d have drilled a gap out large enough to suit a jigsaw blade, and intently matched a tracing of the opening dimension I would wish. To put in the printed components, I simply used a bit of tremendous glue on the areas that might contact the wooden, sprayed a bit of accelerator, and spun it in place to smear all of the glue throughout the surfaces. Then I can snap on and drop within the attachments.

Cutting holes can be done a variety of ways, but the easiest way for me was using a CNC 3D carver.

Reducing holes will be accomplished quite a lot of methods, however the easiest method for me was utilizing a CNC 3D carver.

 As we proceed on with our new desks and see the place we have to develop our reorganization we will all the time return and reprint some new additions. And if by in style demand different coworkers within the workplace need desk risers of their very own, it will be very easy to get everybody outfitted and arrange now that we there’s a print farm with all of the information able to go (which you can even obtain from the Design Retailer right here) and a course of nailed down. Do you make the most of an array of printers for batch printing? I’d love to listen to about what you’re creating!
Joyful printing!

Assembly required super glue and some screws and went together really easily.

Meeting required tremendous glue and a few screws and went collectively actually simply.



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