Top 5 Constraints: Pencil holder

For my project I am going to create a pencil holder. I think I will have a colorless/metallic aesthetic. Everything I already own is in this category with few exceptions. Everything is black, white, grey, silver. I will stick with this aesthetic and make an aluminum pencil holder. It will be sitting on a thrust bearing so that it will be able to rotate and I can grab whichever pen or pencil I need. This project will not be too complicated hopefully but will be very useful. I am hoping to use recycled materials to save money.

The top 5 constraints

  1. Finding recycled materials that will work.
  2. finding time in the machine shop. It is a busy time of year for the machine shop
  3. Surface finish, might be difficult to get the finish to be as shiny as I like. Might have to get creative.
  4. Finding a trust bearing that will be large enough at the base to act as a counter weight.
  5. Figuring out the right size to make the top disc to hold the largest amount of pencils.
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  • Matthew Clark
    May 10, 2017 4:00 pm

    It looks like you have pretty much everything figured out in terms of fabrication. I would agree that the machine shop will be busy so I suggest getting in earlier rather than later to machine.

  • Looks like you have though of your constraint and provided a direction to solving them, hope to see the finished product soon!

  • Errol Romero
    May 1, 2017 2:13 pm

    This seems like a solid set of obstacles that you need to overcome when making your project. I’m curious on the type of material that you are going to use in this project because some of the aesthetic appeal will be coming from that colorless material


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