Carter's Lasercut Iris Box V2

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Introduction: Carter's Lasercut Iris Box V2

About: I love tanks, lasercut, and lasercut tanks

Hello ! this is the instruction of the iris hinge assembly for my lasercut iris box.

You can download it on Thingiverse : https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2704046

For one box, you will need :

  • x5 M3 10mm screws,
  • x5 M3 12mm screws,
  • some wood glue.

In this instructable, i will make a small model for example.

Step 1: Organize the Layers

There are four layers for the hinge :

  1. The rotating top,
  2. The petals,
  3. The rails part,
  4. The spacers (just here to have a nice length for the screws) .

Step 2: The Petal Hinges

Align and glue the 5 spacers on the holes of the rails part. Screw the 10mm screw in there. There is 4mm of screw that are poking out, it will be used to make the petals pivoting.

Step 3: Fix the Rotating Top

Add the 12mm screws on the curved rails up to the holes of the rotating top. don't screw it entirely, leave some space, so it can slide without be stucked.

Step 4: The Box

Put all the slats on the bottom.

It may be difficult, so be patient. Don't forget not to put glue next to the rails, it could stuck the mechanism.

Well done ! your box is nox finished ! Make sure to open/close your box a few times at the beginning to unstuck it.

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14 Comments

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vescuderoa
vescuderoa

3 months ago

I really love this box it's a great idea. It inspired me a lot in order to design a packaging for the merchandising of a colleague's film business.I'll try to do it in Barelona's FabLab colled Ateneu de fabricació Ciutat Meridiana. I recommend the place, people love to share ideas and team up in the makers collective.

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susieb53
susieb53

Question 2 years ago on Step 2

I bought the M3-.5 pan head 10mm & 12 mm screws but they are too fat for the holes.
did anyone else have this problem? Or did I buy the wrong screws?

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DoriO3
DoriO3

Answer 1 year ago

If you look at the svg file, the holes are smaller than 3mm. On my svg, it says the holes are aprox 2.77mm. An M3 screw is aprox 2.9mm. I would change all the hole sizes to 3mm. I haven't tried it myself, but this should fix the issue. I didn't check before I laser cut my parts and ran into the same issue.

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papizanblonde
papizanblonde

Answer 1 year ago

I have same problem. Screws are very difficult to get in. Also, could anyone give more info on how the top fits together? The layers are too tight to turn

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Brentrubin
Brentrubin

Question 1 year ago

Can anyone explain the assembly any better? I am not sure how the screws/dolls all fit into place? Thank you.

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fred_dot_u
fred_dot_u

1 year ago

By rounding the corners of the small semi-circle stoppers and moving the hole close to the flat edge, it makes it less likely to glue them to the walls or ring. Sanding all parts thoroughly before assembly makes for a much smoother operation as well. I used bamboo skewers in place of screws and adjusted the hole diameters to match. It's a bit more finicky to size the skewers than to use screws but the results are quite nice. A great gift box for the holiday gift cards and many other items. Nicely done.

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Festrada007
Festrada007

Tip 3 years ago

Very nice I am goint to make one tonight I think. You need to add air assist to your laser, it will prevent scorching and smoke stains.

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Waste Of Space
Waste Of Space

3 years ago

So where are the DXFs for making one of these?

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akcoder
akcoder

Reply 3 years ago

They are on thingiverse

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2704046

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jrobins43
jrobins43

3 years ago

To assemble the slats I lined them up against a straight edge then taped them all together with masking tape. That makes it much easier to get the slats installed in the bottom and top assembly. Great project i like how these look and operate thanks for sharing.

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subnet
subnet

3 years ago

Really great, thanks for sharing!

Is the wood 3mm? I hope so, my laser can't cut more than this :-)

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wonderkid64
wonderkid64

Reply 3 years ago

try multiple passes

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JackCarter
JackCarter

Reply 3 years ago

exactly !