Build your own DIY 3D Printed Rotating Box by 3DSage

DIY 3D Printed Rotating Box

I wanted to make something that gave life and movement to my 3D prints and other projects. Something to display my builds on but could also have other uses. That's how the 3D Printed Rotating Box came to be.

This fun DIY project is simple, easy and requires no soldering or programming experience. The box consists of a motor, voltage controller, battery holder, and 3D printed parts that I designed including the gears, box and lid. So let's get creative, think outside the box and give it a spin.

Tools and Materials Needed

Assembly Instructions

Step 1: 3D print out box parts

Print out the DIY 3D Printed Rotating Box parts from 3DSage's Thingiverse

The first step is to print the base, lid and gears of the box. Make sure the 3d printed gears are clean and smooth so they can rotate easily with low resistance.

Sand down rods and gears

The rods that hold the gears should also be sanded down to reduce friction. It really grinds my gears when there is too much friction so some light sandpaper may be necessary.

Assemble 3d printed parts and test gears

Assemble the box base and gears. There should be little to no resistance with the gears. You'll notice the largest gear rotates slower than the rest. This is intentional to help the motor rotate the lid.

Step 2: Battery holder & motor prep

Cut the battery holder wires in half

Cut the battery holder wires in half and keep the cut ends. We will need them for later. Strip the ends of the connected battery holder wires so they can make contact with the DC voltage controller.

Fit smallest gear onto motor

Next, press the smallest gear onto the motor. I made this gear fit tight so you may need to apply more force to get it on. A rubber mallet might be a good option. Something that won't split the gear.

Step 3: Connect the battery holder, motor & voltage controller

Use cut wires to connect battery holder, motor and DC voltage controller

Find those cut wires we put aside earlier and attach them to the voltage controller. Grab a Philips head screwdriver, the one that looks like a plus sign is what I have to tell my mom. Insert the stripped wire ends and use the screwdriver to screw down and pinch the wires in place using the bottom of the voltage controller as a guide. The battery holder wires will also attach in the same way to the voltage controller and the cut wires will connect to the DC motor. This forms a triangle of power from the batteries to the voltage controller to the motor.

Step 4: Assemble

Assemble box

Time to put it all together! Add the 3 gears in place with the largest gear on top if you haven't already. Remove the batteries from the holder so you don't accidentally turn it on. Then, place the battery holder in the corner with the voltage controller in front it. There should be pegs to hold the voltage controller in place. Tuck the wires connecting the batteries to the voltage controller away so they don't interfere with the gears. Use glue or tape if needed. You don't want these parts to shift around while the gears are spinning. Finally, the motor should fit perfectly in the circular holder. Make sure the motor vents are facing up.

Your 3D Printed Rotating Box is assembled and ready for testing. Put in the two AAA batteries and take it for a spin! Start slow to make sure the parts are cooperating and adjust based on your preferences.

Finished Project Possibilities

I thought of a few possibilities, but I know there are some super creative people out there reading this and thinking of some really great ideas. If you have any ideas, leave a comment below.

  • Happy birthday sign
  • Snacks at a party
  • Science fair project
  • 3D printed display
  • Garage sale item
  • Cat or dog toy
  • Engagement ring
  • Rock band lights
  • 360° picture
  • BB gun target practice
  • DIY modding projects

Thank you and have fun rotating! If you liked this tutorial and want to see more of my work, subscribe to my YouTube Channel, 3DSage, and follow me on Thingiverse.