3D printed clothes rack

Categories 3D Print, Mini Project, Woodworking

I have this low cabinet at the end of my bed. I usually put all of the clothes I used once, but that can be used again, on top of the cabinet. But I’m not very good at folding clothes, and hanging them up by a hanger is less work (I’m lazy)… so, I made this clothes rack on top of the cabinet. Problem solved <3.

It turned out like this:

Step 1 – Inspiration

I have been inspired by a lot of beautiful designs I came over on Pinterest. People are blending 3D prints and wood in a fascinating way. I love how 3D printing makes it possible to make very complex joints.

Check out my Pinterest board by clicking on the image.

Initially, I had planned to make the clothes rack from plywood sheets, and routing them out on the CNC. But that would have been costly and would result in a too “heavy” look for such a small room. So I decided to give these 3D printed joints a try!

Step 2 – Design

The design is pretty straightforward. Five wooden sticks, and six 3D printed parts. I arranged the rods in an “A” shape on each end. This was to ensure stability in the Y-axis (To prevent the top rod wobbling back and forth). To provide stability in the X-axis (Side to side), the 3D printed joints on top has to have decent strength. In addition, each side is angled slightly inwards towards the center. There will be four feet to secure the wooden rods to the cabinet.

For the wooden parts, I planned to use broom rods. These are super cheap and pretty strong. For the joints, I needed to make some 3D design so that I can print them.

As usual, I designed it in Fusion 360 (I love that piece of software). Here is the timeline of the build process.

The top part is in essence three “tubes” with round ends merged into one body. I then added some ribs (those triangles) to strengthen the joint.

I wanted the feet on the bottom to be as small as possible. I started by encasing the wooden rod in a tube and then made two small tabs as mounting brackets.

Okay, everything designed. Let’s make it!

Step 3 – Make it

Okay, now to make it. I bought some wooden broomsticks from my local hardware store and went over to my brother’s carpentry workshop to cut them to the correct length.

The next step is to print the joints. For this project, I wanted to use the beautiful new pastel PLA filament I bought from EU-makers.

This part took about 9 hours to print.

That’s, unfortunately, all the photos and videos I have of the build process. I have to get better to document the build process of my projects.

Step 4 – Done

I’m pleased how it turned out. It’s very stable, and I can quickly fill it up with clothes without any signs of excessive bending or wobbling.

I did have some problem with an uneven diameter of the wooden rods though. Some fit too loosely in the joints, and some had to be sanded to fit.

Step 5 – Share

Want to see how I made it, or maybe print your own? STL models and the Fusion360 files are ready to download on my Thingiverse.

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