I have some small parts that I frequently need to soak in a cleaning solution, followed by a good rinse. Trying to rinse them all without the small parts going down the drain is a drag… plus the cleaning solution starts as a powder, and you don’t want any aluminum parts to sit on the powder lest they get pitted.
Solution: a parts basked with drain holes, and little feet to keep it off the bottom of the vessel so the parts stay away from the powder as it dissolves. The basket is about 10"x5"x3", and sized to fit inside the Sterilite 6 qt tub that I had on hand.
It’s made from Chemcast acrylic, .120" thick, but this material cuts well with Proofgrade Thin Acrylic settings. Kerf on this design is set to .006 with gives a loose fit–you will need to use glue if you make one. I used a box generator for the basic shape and then added some new shapes to make feet at the corners.
Bonus Illustrator Tip
I knew there had to be a smart way to make a big array of evenly-spaced circles. The Internet provided this tip, which introduced me to 2 cool new Illustrator tools.