Solving a Shop Dilemma with SOLIDWORKS and Stratasys 3D Printing

by Jeff Parker

We have a dilemma:

We purchased a peanut dispenser (for styrofoam packing peanuts) to make it easier and CLEANER to use this when packing parts for customers.  When it showed up it contained the bag, valve, pulleys, and a bracket & mount for wall mounting. Normally, this would be great, but we wanted to mount this to one of the legs of the material racks where the shipping center is located. First thought, can SOLIDWORKS and Stratasys tools help?

Step #1: Working the Problem & Brainstorming Solutions

We considered mounting the wall mount bracket to the leg on all sides. The issue with this was that we couldn’t find an option that did not require custom hardware or modifying the bracket, leg or both. So from here, we decided to consider creating our own bracket for the top of the leg to give us the following:

  • The best location
  • Allowing full rotation of the bag
  • Best height off the ground
  • Floor space clearance

This is what we came up with…

Shop DilemmaFrom here, I took this “humble chicken scratch” you see above and used it to design the parts in SOLIDWORKS.

Along with the parts and assembly, I also created a drawing of the “Pin” top view at a 1:1 scale to print and verify the bracket matches the design.

Shop DillemaAfter verifying the bracket slot design in the pin and the measurements for the cap, we exported the STLs from SOLIDWORKS and then printed them out on our Stratasys Fortus 450mc.

Shop DilemmaAnd here you have it, the finished printed parts.

After test fitting the cap, pin, and bracket, we performed the installation.

Shop Dilemma

Shop Dilemma

Shop Dilemma

What do you think?  I’d say that SOLIDWORKS and Stratasys technologies saved the day!  If you liked this post, be sure to check out:  Like a good neighbor, GoEngineer is there.

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