The range of 'Capsules' are fun and practical storage containers that look like a medicine capsule so can be configured in any combination of colors and will loo great!
Capsules come in a range of sizes for all sorts of different uses... including medications, cables, parts, small toys, nuts and bolts, jewellery... and lots more. There is an endless array of things that could be stored in a Capsule... so reusable as well and will make a great unique and fun gift as well. Plus... very handy to use when travelling to keep small items together and safe.
Sizes (approx.) are as follows:
50mm Inside Diameter - 140mm (Long ) / 100mm (Medium) / 65mm (Short)
32mm Inside Diameter - 140mm (Long ) / 100mm (Medium) / 65mm (Short)
FOB 10mm Inside Diameter - 70mm (Long) / 28mm (Short)
The joint between the 'a' and 'b' parts of the capsules is a press/snap fit. Well sliced files Capsule files printed on accurate / precise machines should result in a firm joint that won't come apart until you want it to.
The 'a' (male) side of the joint has a number of tabs that are inserted into the 'b' (female) side. These tabs allow clearance for compression to create a snap / secure fit. Once joined / seated correctly the two halves will rotate against each other but not come apart until pulled apart with a slight twist / snapping action. joint by snapping it away from the other part. Please note that the shorter versions are slightly harder to pull apart because there is less area to grip / hold onto them with... but with practice they are easy to close / open.
To make opening and closing easier it is recommended to apply a light lubricant to the mating surfaces so they slide past each other easier. Dry layered PLA can be surprisingly grippy... a single application of silicone lubricant is all it will need for the life of the capsule.
Capsules are easy prints but good build plate adhesion is critical due to the this contact area of each part on the build plate. For this reason a Raft is recommended to help hold the print secure by increasing the surface area on the build plate. A good, well formed Raft should snap away quickly / easily by hand.
Refer the print instructions and images for additional information... and please post images of your Capsules in use for other members to see. Have fun experimenting with color options!
Note: If you like this check out the rest of my fun and practical designs.