21 November 2007

3D Challenge #016 - Stapler

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This week's challenge:


Although the modern office is getting more and more digitalized by computers, it still can't without the good old stapler. A very simple mechanical device to join sheets of paper, or other materials, together. They exist in all kinds of models, sizes and colors, each designed for it's own purpose. The challenge this week will be to model this crucial piece of office equipment. There are lot's of models to choose from, like desk staplers, hand staplers, extra long staplers, electric staplers, staple free staplers, gadget staplers or maybe even an air powered construction stapler. Jump in and start modeling...

Good luck ALL!

3d Warehouse tag: 3d challenge 016

Due Date: Wed, Nov 28 (Challenge closed)

Click here to see the submitted models for this challenge.

Acme Handstitch by Eric

2 nd Place
Standard Stapler by COSEDIMARCO

3 rd Place
Swingline 444 Desktop Stapler by Don East

Honorable Mention
Stanley Sharpshooter by rvhard

Congrats to ALL !!!!!


  1. General notes:

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    Good luck with the challenge...

  2. Model didn't post the first time- let's try that again...

    Pneumatic Stapler

  3. http://groups.google.com/group/philosophys-of-modern-architecture/files

    To see my stapler(s)
    Normal stapler

  4. Red Stapler

    My first entry.

    Yes, we have seen your stapler. And now we can all use it.

  5. JACOB, No TPS report with your entry?

    Ah! Yeah. It's just we're putting new coversheets on all the TPS reports before they go out now. So if you could go ahead and try to remember to do that from now on, that'd be great. All right!

    I was gonna do mine in red too, just for that reason.

    the 747

  6. I'd like to thank everyone for the votes and the ratings on my covered wagon, I was really proud of that one. And these challenges are helping me improve, I just looked through all of my challenge models and can see it.

    @ Cosedimarco, your models are incredible, and I have learned a lot from seeing your work. But I got to ask, how you make springs? Is there a ruby for it, or just hard work?

  7. @Hello Jeff

    Please supply the link to the warehouse for your models.

    Basic Stapler by Jeff Myers

    You are currently just supplying the link to your .skp download files. If you want the link as well, you may add it, but the .skp is available from the warehouse.


  8. @Tom
    Thanks for your compliments. For the spring, I prefer hard Work so I didn't use a Ruby Script (even if I thought he will be one).
    I create a 3D spiral using half circles, then used the "follow me" tool with a circle and create a component. if you tak a look closer you'll see that it is not so perfect as it seems.
    I have no plugin installed, except the ones which came with Sketchup.

    Thanks again

  9. spiral demo

    that's the link to the youtube video posted a few weeks back of someone building an old radio, which had a spiral form in it. You'll have to watch the first 4:30 or so before they start on that form, but watching the entire thing can be a good learning experience.

    Cosedimarco's was a series of components, and as such i believe smaller in file size, but the idea is the same. While having the entire spring be one massive follow me extrude might produce a slightly better result (more continuous curve without the "seam" between components), in this case i'd still go with the method he chose as it's such a tiny tiny tiny little detail that there is no need for it to be flawless, and if I'm right about the file size stuff, the difference would be more than it's worth.

  10. Thanks Cose and Jacob, I don't like to use ruby scripts, because I want to learn how to make things myself. So the half circle idea is good for me.

    I recently did a model where I created a spiral staircase around the outside of a "cone-like" shape. In that one I had to do it all by hand, because the spiral got smaller as it got higher. I used the hidden geometry of the cone, to create the "frame" and then built a step component, and then it was, copy, move, rotate all the way up.

    don't know if I could have done it any easier

  11. Howdy All, Here is my Swingline 444 stapler. I worked on creating every part of this model. Just for fun I have left out three small details. Download and see if you can find them.Everyone should be able to find one. If you don't have one of these staplers you probably can't find the other parts. I use a half circle method to make springs also. I'm still working on how to make springs and keep the size down.
    Swingline 444 Desktop Stapler

  12. Sorry about the first post...but here is my standard Swingline Office Stapler for 3D Challnege #016, hope you like it.

    Swingline Office Stapler

  13. I had some time this week, so I was able to get an entry together. This is a model of an Acme Handstitch. I found a few pictures on the web and used them to make the model. It's an extremely rare antique stapler.

    Acme Handstich Model

    By the way, Don's Swingline looks pretty sweet. And I did most of my spring's with a simple follow-me around a helix. To keep the size reasonable, I used a hexagon for the extrude instead of a normal 12 or 24 sided circle. It still gets pretty big. For the screw where you can't see the back, I strung together a series of short spring components to make the threads.


  14. Eric, thanks for the input on the spring. I'll try some and see how it works.
    Thanks Don

  15. Hi all,

    A bit closer to the deadline then usual, but finally my model for this challenge. It's a model of a pretty standard stapler, but with all the internal parts created instead of only the casing.

    Model at the 3D warehouse

    As usual this is not a submission to the challenge.


  16. My rendition of a Stanley Sharpshooter electric stapler. The beauty (and fun) of the 3d challenge is how much I learn each time I enter a new model...