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Old 04-04-2013, 10:35 AM   #11
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Great idea! BTW which CAD software did you use to model it?
I use Autodesk 123D.

Now that I'm starting a SW tank, I will be building another one of these, slightly modified, since it needs to be able to hold additional test kits/tubes. This one can hold 6 tubes, the new one will be able to hold 8.
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Nice. I haven't regularly used Autocad products in...5-6 years. I'm exclusively on Solidworks now. In an attempt to bring this back to the topic I'm contemplating designing up a wooden hood that would allow me to mount multiple light tubes because the one that came with my kit is a seemingly flimsy injection molded plastic job with only one light. But I won't hijack your thread. I'll prolly start my own DIY hood thread at lunch. I give you kudos for modeling your rack up in "awfulcad" though
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Old 04-04-2013, 12:59 PM   #13
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It was free, so I won't complain.
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Very true. Solidworks runs about $5,000 per seat plus there's a hefty yearly maintenance fee.
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Old 04-04-2013, 04:06 PM   #15
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If anyone is interested in one of these, I can start turning them out on weekends.
If you make one that holds 6 test tubs on both ends I'd spring for 1 or 2 since I run tons of tests on all my tanks
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Old 04-04-2013, 04:09 PM   #16
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If you make one that holds 6 test tubs on both ends I'd spring for 1 or 2 since I run tons of tests on all my tanks
A total of 12 tubes? That shouldn't be too hard. I was actually thinking of moving the tubes to the middle and putting the reagent bottles on the outside when I do my 8 tube holder. I still need to make sure I have a spot for the color cards and my log book, though.

When I flesh out some ideas, I will post some of the renders here and will test the waters (no pun intended )
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my log book is on the comp
I burn a zip drive when I go to pet store
as for color cards there mounted on the wall anyhow
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Let me see what I come up with and I'll post them here
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Old 04-18-2013, 05:18 PM   #20
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I think I'm gonna design/make one of these myself. Here's the criteria as it stands of the one I'm going to build:

-(7)* Test solution bottles
-(4+?) 5ml Test tubes
-- Hole for tubes
-- Counterbored hole or dowel for caps
-(1) 10ml syringe
-- Hole for body
-- Hole for plunger
- (1) 5ml syringe
-- Hole for body
-- Hole for plunger
- (1-2) 1ml syringe
-- Hole for body
-- Hole for plunger
-Slot for cards/instructions
- Carry handle integrated into structure of caddie
- Latchable cover to make it harder for kids to get at
-- Carry handle mounted on cover
--- Risk of dropping everything if cover isn't latched
-- Pass through for handle mounted on caddie structure*
--- Ideal - No risk of dropping if cover not latched
- Stain/paint that is water/test chemical resistant*
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