Sometimes a form just names itself! I couldn't call this anything else but a console, though I'm not even sure why. It evokes feelings of some kind of slightly retro era, those inset dots, those curved ribs. It's like a desk phone that never was. And it has cogs!
Well, it has one primary cog that drives it all. Hidden behind the lid is a suspended gear that matches a strip of teeth across the lid back, and rotating the attached top handle (cleverly styled as a gear, too) opens the thing up!
Once again, this print requires no support, and everything prints in place, ready to go! It prints upright, but the intention is that it rest back on a bit of an angle, for that true retro charm.
So, what was the hard bit of this design? Holding the lid in place as it moves! I went through a few concepts, including putting the cog on the outside and having support struts pierce the lid, but the final design was much simpler, and effectively suspends the bottom rail via the top and side, and it works quite nicely :)
Creative Printers will find this design on Dropbox under Cranker Console Box! Oh, and it's time I update the link - make sure to grab the new one from the usual spot!
Sven / Clockspring3D
PS: There's a video up on instagram!