There is a certain fascination we have regarding miniatures and caricatures of real-life objects. Seeing and holding a scale model always creates smiles. Therefore we wanted to honour an unsung object which does a great donkey-work carrying goods all over the world - The pallet!
To further give this object a more realistic appearance we used a wood fiber based plastic filament for 3D printers. Its characteristics are very similar to real wood and it also yields a very nice wood-like surface.
Step 1: The 3D model of the pallet
There are many different standards, types and sizes of pallets. We chose to make a copy of the EUR pallet measuring 1200 x 800 mm (47.2 x 31.5 inches). A full specification of the standard can be found in this article on Wikipedia.
To start making your own copy of the pallet with a 3D printer, you need to download the ready-made 3D files in this step. The contents of each file are explained as follows:
- EUR 1-pallet (full-size) 800 mm × 1200 mm (3D print plate).stl - A full-size version of the EUR pallet with all the boards fattened out side-by-side. If you have a 3D printer that can print this file in one go you can count yourself very lucky! ;)
EUR 1-pallet (full-size) 800 mm × 1200 mm (assembled).stl - This is the full-size assembled version of the pallet. All the boards are seamlessly joint together to form a water-tight volume which is perfect for 3D printing.
EUR 1-pallet (scale-model) 80 mm × 120 mm - Scale 1-10 (3D print plate).stl - This is most probably the version of the pallet for you to 3D print, where all the boards are flattened out side-by-side. The scale is a tenth of the real object's size.
EUR 1-pallet (scale-model) 80 mm × 120 mm - Scale 1-10 (assembled).stl - This is the scaled-down version of the assembled pallet. The size is a tenth of the real object's dimension.
EUR 1-pallet 800 mm × 1200 mm.stp - For people who use CAD software and want to be able to load a file of the EUR pallet which is easy to work with and modify.