I was always fascinated by the gumball machine. One nice childhood memory that is stuck in my mind. I started this project searching for a cool mechanism to make and learn in 3D. I wanted something fun but also was thinking of something I could eventually use it with technology, wire it and transform it to something else (explained further below).
I started sketching the box. Decide to mix materials and add a plexi transparent cover to it, cut on the laser printer not the 3D one.
3D in Rhino:
A lot of details to take care off in this project, from openings to sizes to slightly rotating the inside panels…
I learned a lot.
After printing it, I figured that the inside panels need to be a bit thicker, to hold weight of the gumballs better.
The base of the box can be worked better in details add to it some magnet fillers instead of thinking of gluing it.
The 3D outcome is still sketchy, specially for the big box. It took 8 hours of printing after narrowing down from 16.
I had to take off the support material too to reduce the printing time. Which cause trouble on the top, as there was a small opening for a plexi to fit and the opened space needed some support material.
However the other part turned out pretty well. and some took 3 to 4 hours, others 1 to 2.
Next step is to reprint the white box properly to get better quality. And transform the gumball to a music gumball box by adding a conductive tape the panels or a touch sensor, using metal or gum balls to fall, wire it to arduino and Maxmsp and assign some music to them.