3D Printing A Coat Rack For $12.42
After impulse purchasing a 3D printer a few months ago, I quickly found myself with a new hobby. In just a few weeks, my apartment started to fill up with an eclectic mix of prints from Thingiverse and Printables.
Along the way, I discovered a passion for mechatronics and realized I would need to improve my 3D modeling abilities if I wanted to build anything substantial.
So, I decided to set aside some time to properly learn Fusion 360. After an evening spent skimming through Skillshare courses and YouTube videos, I felt like I was ready to tackle my first 3D modeling project.
Earlier in the week, I had seen a coat rack like this in the store, but couldn't justify its price. So, I decided I'd try 3D printing it instead.
After a few more hours in Fusion 360, I had completed the initial model for an over-the-door coat rack:
You can download the model here
Since the accuracy of a 3D print can be affected by ambient temperature, material type, printing bed stability, etc., I knew the design would need to have some wiggle room.
I did several test prints in order to find the right tolerances that would ensure a snug fit over the door frame:
Since my 3D printer's bed was too small for the model, I had to separate it into two interconnected parts. Fortunately, Fusion 360 has a plug-in that lets you create snap-fit models easily:
With the modeling finished, I imported the parts into Ultimaker CURA and started printing.
- Print Time: 1 day 7 hours and 53 minutes
- Weight: 278g
- Cost: $6.26
- Print Time: 1 day 7 hours and 35 minutes
- Weight: 276g
- Cost: $6.21
- Print Time: 2 day 15hr 28 min => ~63.5 hrs of continuous printing
- Weight: 554g => 1.22 lbs
- Cost: $12.42
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