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Laser cutting walnut diabetic supply box (etui)

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Brown Wood Rectangle Brick Wood stain

Parts need cleaning to remove laser schmutz on edges
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Since people burn cedar siding with a propane torch to weather proof it, does the laser cutting do something similar to walnut? If you used cedar, would it be the same effect as using a propane torch?
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Couple of comments.
  • Round bottles fit snugly in holes that are not round, so you wouldn鈥檛 need to make the holes with 60 sides other than for an aesthetic appearance.
  • The block for holding bottles could be made just as easily with strategically placed layers, perhaps with spacers. If the inside 鈥淣EEDS鈥 to be solid, perhaps the holes in the different layers could be the support for a thin sheet of laminate. The holes in the layers may have to increase to account for the thickness of the laminate.
  • Another option might be to make the inside a 3D printed part from TPU which could all be one part that would be inserted into the beautiful wooden box. The TPU could provide a snug fit holding the bottles while providing some shock absorbency as well. Perhaps something like the designs from the contest for a design that would keep an egg from being broken when the egg 鈥渂ox鈥 was dropped many feet.
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Couple of comments.
  • Round bottles fit snugly in holes that are not round, so you wouldn鈥檛 need to make the holes with 60 sides other than for an aesthetic appearance.
  • The block for holding bottles could be made just as easily with strategically placed layers, perhaps with spacers. If the inside 鈥淣EEDS鈥 to be solid, perhaps the holes in the different layers could be the support for a thin sheet of laminate. The holes in the layers may have to increase to account for the thickness of the laminate.
  • Another option might be to make the inside a 3D printed part from TPU which could all be one part that would be inserted into the beautiful wooden box. The TPU could provide a snug fit holding the bottles while providing some shock absorbency as well. Perhaps something like the designs from the contest for a design that would keep an egg from being broken when the egg 鈥渂ox鈥 was dropped many feet.
Surprised I didn鈥檛 get any takers on a 3D printed part on a 3D printer Forum. Maybe a complete box with a live hinge, snap latching lid, sealed compartment for the alcohol swabs, but expect they are in sealed packets. No question in my mind that the box could be very rugged and last a long time. The custom wood look might be a bit more of a challenge, but maybe have snap in inlays?
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Parts need cleaning to remove laser schmutz on edges
Thought I would at least take a stab at a model. Without actual dimensions, it would be just a picture. Didn't try wood inserts in sides, top, inside, etc., but would be fairly easy. With dimensions, I would expect to add some bottle retainers, etc. I didn't see the compartment for the Alcohol Swabs. Not being a diabetic puts me at a disadvantage. I would expect thick walls to be hollowed out in the slicer and webbing added which gives it rigidity, uses less material, and decreases print time! All pluses. Didn't try adding a live hinged lid, but can see where that could still be an option. Let me know what you think.

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My thought would be to print it from TPU which would allow some flexibility while thick walls would make it very tough and ridged.
  • Does the wall near the vial holder need to be there?
  • Are the Alcohol Patches stored on top the vials?
  • How close do the walls come to the lid?
  • Would it be better for the lid
    • To slide on? This is certainly possible, but the TPU might make sliding less easy.
    • Snap lock on?
    • Hinge and snap lock?
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Lid:
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... I didn't see the compartment for the Alcohol Swabs.
The swab packets fit between the rows of needles and sides
  • Does the wall near the vial holder need to be there?
Yes, it keeps the syringes from slopping back and forth. This was an upgrade to the original design.

  • Are the Alcohol Patches stored on top the vials?
No, between the two rows of needles, and between the needles and side walls. The spacing between the two dividers is important.

  • How close do the walls come to the lid?
The lid just clears the tops of the vials. The syringe slots are about 1/16" too shallow.

  • Would it be better for the lid:
To slide on? This is certainly possible, but the TPU might make sliding less easy.
* Original was self locking (friction) slide top with bevel in underside of lid and lower lip of end with lid slot. Lid fully removable makes filling easier.

Snap lock on?
* Long term snaps seem to wear out. Original box laster 6 years before drop damage took its toll.

Hinge and snap lock?
* Hard to make from wood, easier with filament.
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... I didn't see the compartment for the Alcohol Swabs.
The swab packets fit between the rows of needles and sides
  • Does the wall near the vial holder need to be there?
Yes, it keeps the syringes from slopping back and forth. This was an upgrade to the original design.

  • Are the Alcohol Patches stored on top the vials?
No, between the two rows of needles, and between the needles and side walls. The spacing between the two dividers is important.

  • How close do the walls come to the lid?
The lid just clears the tops of the vials. The syringe slots are about 1/16" too shallow.

  • Would it be better for the lid:
To slide on? This is certainly possible, but the TPU might make sliding less easy.
* Original was self locking (friction) slide top with bevel in underside of lid and lower lip of end with lid slot. Lid fully removable makes filling easier.

Snap lock on?
* Long term snaps seem to wear out. Original box laster 6 years before drop damage took its toll.

Hinge and snap lock?
* Hard to make from wood, easier with filament.
Would you be willing to share your dimensions? It would be very much a good thing to make, whether out of wood or 3D printed. I already did a slide open lid and found thin slices of Walnut for the lid. I think the lid should slide okay based on parts I had printed recently.
So I'm assuming you want me to load/join Tinkercad software and take measurements?
I'm not seeing an easy go in and measure it.
I'd rather not join TinkerCAD, since the only way I can see is to provide personal info that I'd like to not share.
I thought you could just open it without joining anything since I made it public. Did it not just let you in? I'll post the .stl files individually if need be. but the TinkerCAD has all 7 pcs in one file.
Can we upload .stl's here?
TinkerCAD is free for personal use. no limits I've found yet.
OK, I dl'd the .stl (I think).
both .stl and .svg
!#$%&*脳梅= tablet won't let me move/rename/select the files! (snarf, growl, gnash!)
will have to fire up PC. :(
Can we upload .stl's here?
Supposed to be able to do that, yes.
I thought you could just open it without joining anything since I made it public. Did it not just let you in? I'll post the .stl files individually if need be. but the TinkerCAD has all 7 pcs in one file.
Can we upload .stl's here?
TinkerCAD is free for personal use. no limits I've found yet.
I could see everything, but I couldn鈥檛 measure anything or at least I couldn鈥檛 figure out how. To join, I had to enter personal info that I would rather not have on the internet. Would have been nice if I could. Sorry for the trouble.

If it鈥檚 easier, just list:
  1. Length outside
  2. Width outside
  3. Height outside
  4. Wall thickness if it鈥檚 not 1/4鈥
  5. Space from inside end to first slotted divider
  6. Space between slotted dividers
  7. Width of slots
  8. Depth of slots
  9. Width of vial shelf
  10. Diameter of vial holes
  11. Center-to-Center Spacing between vial holes
I鈥檝e already made it shallower and added the sliding lid flush to the top with 1/8鈥 depth and 15* taper on each side. Found some 1/8鈥 Walnut for the lid on Amazon. My woodworking friend can cut to size and taper the edges. Trying to decide if there should be anything like a name to personalize it or medical symbol laser printed on the top, sides鈥?

Haven鈥檛 decided on a material yet and whether to inlay Walnut veneer on the sides, probably not for the first one. Thought of making it from clear plexiglass and bond together, but I鈥檓 thinking keeping it more private (not see through) would be more prudent, less inviting.
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