Universal 3D printable modular French Cleat
- Status: Closed
- Prize: $110
- Entries Received: 41
- Winner: draguxconstantin
I need a parametrically designed, modified "French Cleat" mount to be used for 5S organization projects and other tool organization and storage which will be 3D Printed on an Ender 3. For a profile, 5/16" X 2-1/2" is the ideal starting point, with 2 opposite sides being chamfered at 45 Degrees but only half way through the thickness of the print (doesn't come to a point like a typical French Cleat!). Being parametrically designed (properly constrained) means that I will be able to change a dimension (or angle) and have the corresponding 3D model redraw to these dimensions (using Fusion360 or other CAD package). The other limitation for 3D printing is the length of the cleat which must not exceed 220mm X 220mm. If I want longer French cleats, the design must incorporate a dovetail or other stronger system that connects along the LONGEST axis AND Lengthwise (215mm or close to, not exceeding 8-1/2" or it will not fir on the printer). The connection MUST slide the two sticks together overlapping along the length. 2-1/2 to 3" of overlap should work well in a dovetail or rounded dovetail (after all 3D printers can round edges to reduce sharp point loads). Don't exceed 45 Degrees though, this doesn't print well without support materials. The goal initially is to be able to slide together multiple pieces to get a total of 50" in length. At regular intervals (say every 2" or so) there must be a hole placed with a conical bevel for a typical screw - I'd like it to be inset by an additional 1/8" in case I want to cover the screw with a screw cap. I'd like this inset to be 6-sided so that I could ALSO use it to mount attachments by way of pressing in a hex nut on the wall side of the mount. I'd like it to be reversible (mirrored) so that I can screw it into something regardless of if it's the front or the back of the cleat. As it's parametric, I can change all these values later. I'll also need the corresponding end caps designed that slide into the final end pieces of the assembled French Cleat stick - these should have at least 1 screw hole the same as described above. The cap covers should also be designed with a way to remove them later. As a bonus, if along with your entry you can include a 3D printable AI generated design (REF: https://cormack.xyz/GenerativeDesign/). As an added bonus, if you can include at least one French Cleat attachment for a common tool such as a cordless drill, storage for 3D filament rolls, or other tool or parts organization typically used in a MakerSpace or Wood Shop. The files should be submitted on Freelancer AND linked to and external service such as Google Drive. The format must be *.3MF AND *.DXF (OR *.DWG OR similar) so I can later edit the file and change any dimensions to suit the new project. This project may get revisited again to design storage and other components for this system in a future project. Here is a similar example but not connected in a strong way (along the length) and also not quite the profile I described above, ref: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4300323/files. Best of luck!
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