With the release of the GiftBot 5000 (see elsewhere in my library) I finally realised that I'd figured out how to make a proper working 3D printed lock. Yes I know hundreds have probably done the same, in fact lots of people on this site have done the same and produced some really amazing work, but this was a first for me. I wanted to make my next gift/jewellery box a lockable one and when I was trying to think of the theme there was only really one which sprang to mind; a safe.
If you've watched Ant Man you'll know that Carbondale used to make safes back in the 1910s so I kind of nodded towards that with the name. A similarity to a certain Galaxy Far Far Away is entirely coincidental...... O:) Carbondale safes were usually black but in my mind at least vintage safes are supposed to be dark green with gold highlights, and thus I thought it'd be a good style to emulate.
I won't sugar-coat this; this is a long job. It took me about three days to print it all and about an hour and a half to put it all together. I recommend assembling the front first; put the locking mechanism together, along with the key (there's a channel through the middle of the key into which you can insert a length of filament, just to give it a little more structural strength), then the hinges and attach them all. It'll then be easier to build the thing working backwards. If you have any problems please do send me a message and I'll try to help; I did make it a little fiddly I admit but I'm sure you're more than capable!
If you really can't be bothered to print it yourself I do sell these, fully printed and assembled, in my Etsy store - www.etsy.com/uk/shop/enterprisexddesign