I am in large format photography for a few years now and the thing I struggled the most with was how to store my lenses. I often take my camera on backpacking trips which means I have to store them in my backpack somewhere. Most of the time I used soft leather lens pouches that were leftover from my digital Canon lenses. It surely protects the lens from surface damage like scratches but it does not provide a good enough protection of the lens elements (if I bump my backpack in a rock) or moving parts like aperture adjuster… Also If I was carrying more lenses with me I never knew in which pouch is the one I am looking for. There I was thinking of a solution.
I have been an owner of 3D printed for quite a while now. I am a creative person so there is always something going on in my head. If I have a solution or a design in my mind to simplify and improve things in my container darkroom I can just sketch it up and print it. Printer I am currently using is Creality Ender 5. It was sitting and waiting for me for a few months but now when my Container Darkroom is pretty much habitable I ran it again. Huh it is so nice to be able to get an idea into your hands just after a few hours. Anyway back to the Large Format Lens Storage Box.
I started with a few hand sketches first and then proceeded with designing in Fusion 360 software. I was designing the box specifically for my Schneider Super Angulon 90mm f8 mounted on an Intrepid Lens Board. I decided to go with a box design because it can also fit various other lenses + it can be stored quite effectively on a shelf or in a backpack. In a box I added a channel into which the lens board slides and keeps everything in place when I close the lid. Printing of the box alone took almost 15h and 3h for the lid. Final measurements of the box are;
Outside dimensions of the Lens Storage Box
In cm: Width (10 cm), Length (10 cm), Height (10,6 cm)
In inch: Width (3,94 inch), Length (3,94 inch), Height (4,2 inch)
Inside dimensions of the Lens Storage Box
It fits a 9,5 x 9,8 cm lens board (3,74 x 3,86 inch)
Biggest lens it can fit (metering from the lens board) to the edge is 4cm(1,57 inch) one one and 4,5cm (1,77 inch) on the other side.