How to customize
Welcome to the wonderful world of open-source.
Where instead of multiple pre-designed models, you can make your own custom model from the sources!
“Wtf?” you might think. Well that’s what we’re going to see with this tutorial.
In short: you can download the plans on the website for free, those are for the “default” SGBox as seen in the video.
Thing is those plans have been generated from a 3d design tool, which is here: https://sgl.lol/a01ce
You will first need to create a free account here: https://www.onshape.com/en/products/free
Make sure you choose the right units on account creation, so mm for Lengths units, Degree for Angle units, and Kilogram for Mass units.
Then click the "Make a copy to edit" button top left corner of the sgbox design document.
And in this design tool, you will find a few parameters that you can change to customize the dimensions of various parts of the SGBox.
Click to change
All you need to build your SuperGreenBox. Except the laser cut parts.
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Now how do we change the parameters? Through variables.
Variables are just values you can change to re-generate your new SGBox.
Variables can be anything from width, height or even material thickness.
In the design document you will find a tab called “globals”, if you open it you will discover a probably scary block of code.
Hopefully we only care about a few lines that are quite self-explanatory.
To see your change happen live, open another browser tab, and open the document at “assemblies/assembly-all-visible”.
Every time you save your changes with ctrl+s or by pressing the “Commit” button, the 3d assembly will update.
Ok so here’s the list of variables we have access to as of now:
The first and easiest to change are width and height.
Those are obvious, they control the outer width and height of the box.
Make sure to take the height of the wheels into account when calculating the total height of the box.
The next parameter we can deal with is the material thickness.
Changing the thickness is useful when your material is not the default 3 and 6mm MDF.
But also if you want to do something bigger or smaller, using the default thicknesses might not be the best.
After adjusting the size you might need to adjust the size of the hole in the plant plate.
You can do so by adjusting the plantHoleWidth variable.
Now we can adjust the doors dimensions.
To do so we have three variables:
Now we can customize the door size.
The door is made of two planks attached together, a thick one and a thinner one.
The inner thick one is determined by the previous step measures.
The two variables are:
Now that we’ve changed all kind of parameters we might need to adjust the position of the panels.
By default the sides of the box are attached with three points. But you might need to change that.
We have three variables for that:
In the previous step we talked about the nVerticalHoles variable.
As said the tool doesn’t allow to change this value automatically like the other dimensions.
So we need to do this change manually.
To do so:
Since the beginning of SuperGreenLab the plan was to release a complete box. Just plug & play.
But since shipping complete furniture worldwide is not an easy and cheap task, we resorted to selling the electronics alone, so people could DIY their own.
Well, guess what we’re back at it!
Let me introduce to you, the SuperGreenBox.
It’s downloadable, easy to produce locally (google “laser cutting shop”), and easy to assemble.
No more power tools to use, no holes to make, no nothing. Just follow the guide and start growing😎