Home 3D Printing Weekend Builds: Desk Risers | MatterHackers

Weekend Builds: Desk Risers | MatterHackers

Weekend Builds: Desk Risers | MatterHackers


Desk group could be tough when issues get busy – print out some key components and reclaim some misplaced area and create new area on the similar time.

With the various initiatives 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 muddle, 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 area underneath the riser to retailer objects
  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 a number of components printed pretty shortly, so I arrange a miniature print farm, like somebody may in the event that they supposed to make desk riser “kits” utilizing the assorted printed components that make up this undertaking. 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, straightforward to print, and I’ve an array of colours to select from which might verify the “semi-customizable” field off my checklist.

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

This undertaking was made doable utilizing among the latest 3D printers from Creality and MH Construct PLA.

Designing and Printing the Desk Risers

I just lately bought some nook clamps for a private undertaking – they’re clamps designed to carry two items collectively at ninety diploma angle so you may glue and screw them collectively. That appeared like an awesome idea to start out with, so I set about modeling some nook clamps that might 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 peak for velocity, 20% infill, and three perimeters so the strain of the clamp didn’t crack the components. For every desk I selected a separate shade: 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

Each time I’m engaged on a undertaking that makes use of wires of any type (organising a brand new laptop station, constructing a 3D printer, wiring up a undertaking) I’m at all times anxious to get began with tidying up the wiring moderately than leaving it the place it really works however is messy. I wished to create a pair various things that might assist these risers look quite a bit 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 for the reason that grommet may very well 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 wished 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 fitting match, and located {that a} 0.25mm hole between the cap and the bottom was simply the fitting 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 shortly 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 every bit at 0.3mm layers, and since these wouldn’t face a number 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 wished to create one thing that might 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 conserving 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 an alternative. Later I might even come again and resolve I need 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 assist, and I did this by including chamfers to overhangs and mating faces so they might slot collectively.

The versatile magnetic construct plate and automated mattress leveling of the CR-20 Professional made it very easy to print a few these at a time and shortly batched by means of them. I requested the remainder of the staff what shade and model they wished 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 finished and I needed to get to meeting. We acquired 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 device we had, however you possibly can 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 positive every little thing was aligned earlier than tightening them down.

The grommet and catch all wanted holes minimize out for them, and whereas I’d have most well-liked utilizing plain outdated energy instruments, we really didn’t have any available to get the job finished, 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 sufficiently big to suit a jigsaw blade, and intently matched a tracing of the outlet measurement I would want. To put in the printed components, I simply used just a little tremendous glue on the areas that might contact the wooden, sprayed just a little 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.

Slicing holes could be finished quite a lot of methods, however the simplest way 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 at all times return and reprint some new additions. And if by well-liked 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 recordsdata able to go (which it’s also possible to 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!
Comfortable 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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