Our Young Engineer recently rented a house, now knows why our sinks have CNC-machined strainers, and asked for something better than the disgusting stainless mesh strainer in the kitchen sink.
Being a doting father, I turned out a pair to get a pretty one:
They’re made from the same scrap smoked acrylic as the ones in our sinks:
They’re definitely upscale from the (not watertight!) 3D printed version I built for a Digital Machinist column to explain OpenSCAD modeling:
This time around, though, I rewrote the subtractive design in GCMC, with helical milling for all the holes to eliminate the need to change tools:
They’re done on the Sherline, because it has real clamps:
Four tabs eliminated the need to reclamp the stock before cutting the perimeter, but I should have ramped, not plunged, through the final cut between the tabs:
The handles come from the same chunk of hex acrylic as before, eyeballed to length, tapped 8-32, and secured with acrylic adhesive.
The GCMC source code as a GitHub Gist:
All in all, a pleasant diversion from contemporary events …