Introduction: Organizational Case W/Dividers



With the power of lasers, you can turn pretty much anything into an organizational case.  It's ridiculous!  Ridiculously awesome.

Simply put, this is the process:

• Measure your case
• Design inserts
• Laser cut inserts
• Insert & enjoy ultimate organization!



LET'S DO DIS!

Here's what you'll need...

Step 1: Tools & Materials

Materials
Acrylic
Little box or tin

Tools
Caliper or Ruler
Laser Cutter

Step 2: Measure Your Container

Using a ruler or calipers, measure the length, height, and width of your container/case.  If it's not exact, no prob - you can always tweak your inserts later...

Step 3: Design Your Files

Using Adobe Illustrator, create the file.  I want my container to be divided into 6 compartments, so I'm creating 2 vertical dividers, & 1 longer horizontal divider.  

Create tabs in the middle of the divider that are as thick as your material.  This is where they will snap into each other. Wheee!

Step 4: Laser Magic

Send the laser your magical files, & let the laser cutter do your bidding.  (rubbing hands together + maniacal laughter is totally optional).

I made this at TechShop, where genius reigns. (not chaos, that's Lars Von Trier's thing)

Step 5: Peel Off Any Protective Sheeting

If it's got it, peel off the protective layers from your acrylic.  Lookie lookie!  Ooo ahhh, so laser, so wow!

Step 6: Insert Horizontal Divider

Insert the horizontal divider, like the image.  I like to put this one in first...it makes it easier than trying to wrassle two pieces at once...

You can also see if the dividers fit to your liking, & play with your files to try to get a more snug or more loose fit.

Step 7: Insert Other Dividers...& Admire!

Oooh, la la!  Que bella! Now you have your own DIY organizational case.  Put whatever you want inside! Here are some ideas:

  • Vitamins (for the health-conscious)
  • Pet rocks (for the lonely)
  • Lilliputian bones (if you are Gulliver, or a goth)
  • Sour Patch kids, organized by color (for the OCD)
Voila!  Enjoy!  TTYL!

^__________^

-M-

Comments

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sickdevotee63 (author)2013-08-01

that is pimpin awesome

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mdln (author)sickdevotee632013-08-01

Thanks! Every pimp needs one...step up your organizational GAME, dawgs!

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WyldStyl3 (author)2013-07-30

I like the instructable, but your comments, replies, and instructions/descriptions are the best part of this. This has been very entertaining! Thanks!

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mdln (author)WyldStyl32013-07-30

Thank youuuuuuuuu so muuuuuuuch, WyldStyl3! What a sweet compliment. This is actually my first time writing something for "the public"...it's very new for me & quite a trip to think there are so many people all over the world reading & communicating...v. mind-boggling to contribute a small, eensy-weensy drop into the digital ocean... :-D

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djaco (author)2013-07-30

That looks familiar: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:69467

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mdln (author)djaco2013-07-30

Awesome! Great minds thinks alike! ;-)

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xaenon (author)2013-07-26

Coroplast (corrugated plastic) would make a suitable alternative for the dividers - it's durable, easily cut, and you can usually find it for cheap at sign shops (or you can carve up an sign made of the stuff). No laser required.

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cj8675 (author)xaenon2013-07-30

I work at a sign shop we use alot of that stuff it's extremely cheap at only like 8 bucks for a 4x8 sheet of it

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mdln (author)cj86752013-07-30

Woah, that's super cheap! Thanks for the tip!

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mdln (author)xaenon2013-07-29

Good suggestion!

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logan20seb (author)2013-07-25

mwahaha! up next: world domination! lol jk but great job :)

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mdln (author)logan20seb2013-07-29

Mwaha-ha-ha-ha!!! I'm petting my white cat as we speak, planning my world takeove...er, I mean, my next Instructable... ;-D

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sarahlynnmurphy (author)2013-07-29

Ooh I wish I had a laser cutter!!!! This would be great for beads & findings, a mini tackle box, travel jewelry container, and so much more!!!!! I have tons of these little containers

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mdln (author)sarahlynnmurphy2013-07-29

I know, laser cutters are magical! If you live anywhere near:

Menlo Park, CA
San Francisco, CA
San Jose, CA
Allen Park, MI
Austin, TX
Pittsburgh, PA

I can get you on a laser cutter, like, tomorrow! Message me with questions. ^___^

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marcolinux (author)2013-07-28

idea: glue small magnets in one or some compartments. helps to hold screws, earrings, pins, etc

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mdln (author)marcolinux2013-07-29

Awesome! Magnet box!

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gcanders (author)2013-07-25

Great idea for my fishing tackle! All I need now is a laser. I guess I can just be a neanderthal and make the dividers out of wood.

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mdln (author)gcanders2013-07-25

Haha, yes! I suppose you could. ^___^ Can you imagine a neanderthal seeing a laser at work? What would he think?!

You can use a laser cutter at TechShop, which is in these cities:

Menlo Park, CA
San Francisco, CA
San Jose, CA
Allen Park, MI
Austin, TX
Pittsburgh, PA

If you're interested, send me a message & I can get you a free class. Peace!

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gcanders (author)mdln2013-07-25

Thanks! But I live in Chicago. But your idea is a perfect one for a "pocket tackle box" that I can store in my glovebox.

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mdln (author)gcanders2013-07-29

So glad to give some inspiration! Post a photo if you ever make one, I'd love to see!

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M150up (author)2013-07-25

I'm so sorry I called you a guy. You are really funny though (: especially the pet rocks for the lonely thing.

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mdln (author)M150up2013-07-29

Haha! We (me & my pet rock, named "Rocky") thank you!

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Lexi_12 (author)2013-07-25

Weird

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mdln (author)Lexi_122013-07-25

Thanks! Weirdness is next to godliness. ^__^

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M150up (author)2013-07-25

You're a funny guy. And I would do this if I had a laser.

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mdln (author)M150up2013-07-25

Thanks so much, M150up!  P.S. I'm a girl. ^___^

Aaaaaaaand, If I could laser cut you a laser, I totally would.  

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