3D Printed Scale for Pink Tax Awareness

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Introduction: 3D Printed Scale for Pink Tax Awareness

This artifact is used to bring and raise awareness to the rhetorical situation of the Pink Tax. The purpose is to raise awareness about the immorality of the Pink Tax, which refers to the extra cost that women pay for certain feminine products and services, like clothing, personal care items, and dry cleaning. The Pink Tax affects half of the population, yet most females have little to no knowledge of what the Pink Tax is. This artifact is used in hope of educating female consumers.

Print Time and Filament Use
Scale: 40 minutes, 21 seconds; 3.72m

Razor Holder: 26 minutes, 58 seconds; 1.35m (for one holder; scale requires two)

Materials

  • Internet access
  • Computer/Laptop
  • Computer Mouse
  • Pink Razor
  • Blue Razor
  • 3D Printer
  • 3D Printing Plastic (PLA)
  • Sand Paper
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Paper
  • Optional: cardboard cutouts

Step 1: Create Tinkercad Account

  1. Create a Tinkercad account. If it is your first time using Tinkercad as a 3D printing design software, then spend some time to familiarize with the tools provided in the Tinkercad website.

Step 2: Create Scale Base

  1. Make sure the Tinkercad grid is in 1.0 mm. The scale is shown in the lower right side. This is the default setting, but if it is not 1.0 mm for some reason, clicking on the tab will pull up multiple unit settings. Select 1.0 mm.
  2. On the right hand side of the screen under the Basic Shape Tab, click and drag the pyramid shape to the work screen.
  3. Click on the pyramid once it has been dropped in the work screen. Small light grey squares should appear in the corners of the base and at the point. Small black squares should appear between the grey squares. Click on the black square on the edge facing you. A number will appear in white box to the left. Click on the square and type in 21.57.
  4. Click the small black square on the edge facing your right. Click on the white box that appears and type in 23.71.
  5. Click on the grey square at the tip of the period. Type in 19.25 in the white square that appears.

Step 3: Creating Scale Bar

  1. On the right hand side of the screen under the Basic Shape Tab, click and drag the box shape to the work screen.
  2. Once the Box has been dragged on screen, use the same technique as above to change the length to 65.66, the width to 6.41, and the height to 5.26. For reference, the length is the edge that’s facing you and the width is the edges that are facing your left and right.
  3. Once the dimensions are correct, click on the box shape again. An arrow should appear above the object. Click on the arrow, then click on the white box that appears and type in -22.5. This will tilt the object.
  4. Click on the tilted object. Use the teardrop shape above the object to raise it. Click on the white box that appears and raise the object to 4.00.

Step 4: Creating the Razor Base

  1. On the right hand side of the screen under the Basic Shape Tab, click and drag the cylinder shape to the work screen.
  2. Using the technique described in Step 2, change the length to 26.67, the width to 28.16, and the height to 4.26.
  3. Click on the cylinder and hit ‘Control +C’. This will copy the object. Hit ‘Control +V’ to paste a second cylinder.
  4. Use the teardrop shape and the technique described in step 3 to raise one cylinder to 31.00. Raise the second cylinder to 10.00.

Step 5: Putting the Scale Together

  1. Click on the bar created in step 3. Use the keyboard arrows to position the scale over the top of the pyramid. You can also use a mouse to click and drag the shape.
  2. Click on the more raised cylinder from Step 6. Use the keyboard arrows or mouse to move the cylinder so it is resting on the right side of the bar.
  3. Repeat step 2 to move the lower cylinder to the left side of the bad.
  4. Once all of the shapes are in place, hit ‘Control + G’ and click on each shape. In the upper right corner, a tab should drop done. In the top left of the tab, there is a ‘Group” option. Click this option to make all of the pieces become one object.
  5. In the top left, click the square that says ‘Front” to make sure all of the objects are actually touching.

Step 6: Creating the Razor Holders

  1. On the right hand side of the screen under the Basic Shape Tab, click and drag the box shape to the work screen.
  2. Using the technique from step 2, change the length to 5.08, the width to 76.20, and the height to 5.08.
  3. On the right hand side of the screen under the Basic Shape Tab, click and drag the cylinder shape to the work screen.
  4. Use the technique from Step 2 to change the length to 28.57, the width to 18.48, and the height to 3.99. Use the teardrop shape to raise the shape to 15.00. Use the arrow that appears to the right of the shape to rotate the shape forward so the oval face is facing you.
  5. On the right hand side of the screen under the Basic Shape Tab, click and drag the roof shape to the work screen.
  6. Change the length to 28.57, the width to 3.99, and the height to 15.88. Use the arrow that appears above the top of the shape to rotate it 180 degrees so the point is facing the bottom of the work space.
  7. Click on the cylinder shape. Use the keyboard to move the cylinder shape so it is above the roof shape. The cylinder should be touching the roof. Hit ‘Shift + G’ and click the ‘Group’ icon in the upper right side of the screen.
  8. Hit ‘Control + C’ to copy the cylinder and roof shape. Hit ‘Control +V’ to paste a second shape. Use the technique previously described to change the length to 22.22, the height to 17.00, and the width to 9.53. Use the teardrop shape to raise the object to 6.00. Click on the shape. In the right side of the screen, a drop down menu should appear. Click on the ‘Hole’ option.
  9. Use the keyboard to move the solid roof and cylinder shape towards top of the box shape. The shapes should be touching. Hit ‘Shift +G’ and group the shapes together.
  10. Use the keyboard to move the hole shape to the center of the solid cylinder and roof shape. This will create the hole for the razors.

Step 7: Cutting Scale in Half and Printing

  1. Click on the scale shape. Use the arrow that appears to the right to rotate it 90 degrees. Use the teardrop shape to lower the scale to -14.00. This will create a half scale, which is easier to print than the whole object.
  2. Print the half scale shape twice.
  3. Print the razor holder shape twice.

Step 8: Finishing the 3D Printed Objects

  1. Using sand papers, gently sand the surfaces of the 3D prints. This will create nicer and smoother surfaces.

Step 9: Assemble the 3D Printed Objects

  1. Using a hot glue gun, glue the end of the scale bar to the lower plate. Make sure the bar stands by the edge of the plate where the hoop is hovering over the middle of the plate.
  2. Repeat for the upper plate.

Step 10: Place the Razors Onto the Scale

  1. Make sure the razors fit the hole of the scale bars.
  2. Place the pink razor in the lower plate of the scale.
  3. Place the blue razor in the upper plate of the scale.

Step 11: Attach Gender Label on Each Razors

  1. Print or draw the two gender signs in their respective colors. Blue for male, pink for females.
  2. Cut them out and tape or hot glue them next to their respective razors. Male gender sign on the blue razor, female gender sign on the pink razor.

Step 12: Attach Price Tags

  1. Print or draw a big price tag with two dollar signs in the middle. Cut it out and tape or glue to the pink razor. You may also use our template provided above.
  2. Print or draw a small price tag with one dollar sign in the middle. Cut it out and tape or glue to the blue razor.

Step 13: Attach Scale to Base

  1. For convenient mobility of the artifact, you may use a hot glue gun to attach the bottom of the scale to a piece of cardboard.

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