A Custom Rack For All Those Trimming Tools
Around the water cooler (coffee maker) here at MakerBot, we’ve been talking about Father’s Day gifts. Yes, we can make suggestions for people in our community, but what are we going to give to the dads in our lives?
Team member Dave said the one thing he knows he doesn’t need is another nose hair trimmer. It’s the kind of gift men get over and over. They end up sitting in a drawer, forming a little colony of rarely used things. We agreed Dave should make a stand for all his grooming accessories. A few minutes of modeling later we had this custom wall rack.
This rack says “I love all of the grooming tools you’ve given me so much that I want to hang them on a wall. And also please don’t give me another one.”
The trick to making a custom stand for things of different dimensions is to use a good set of calipers. This takes a lot of guess work out of the process. The pair that Dave uses runs about $15 on Amazon, and they’re great for outside, inside, or depth measurements.
Calipers should give you a read out in millimeters or inches. For modeling purposes, millimeters will work best. For this quick project, it wasn’t necessary to have exact caliper measurements of every dimension of the object.
The outside measurement of the widest part of the trimmer in the first picture was enough for Dave to get a good fit. However, eyeballing this or measuring without calipers would probably have required a couple tests. This rack was a good fit on the first try.
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