Push to release mechanism can be used in many fields. There are several types. We can call it push to open or push to close mechanism too. In this article, we introduce one type.
This push to release mechanism consists of five parts, refer to Figure 1. When we apply force on part 3 along the left arrow, it moves along the slot of part 2. In the meantime, one end of part 1 moves along trace F. After releasing part 3, the mechanism will be locked while the end of part 3 is in position a —now it is in the “retracted status”.
When we apply force on part 3 again along the left arrow, it moves about 1~3mm. At the same time, the end of part 1 moves along trace B. After releasing part 3, the end of part 1 will be in the position b—Now it is in the “extend status”.
Part 4 is a metal spring, and part 5 is the guiding part for the spring.
The above is a simple description of the principle. When you try to manufacture the mechanism, you may find it is not easy to get a workable mechanism. And you may need to try several times. The part’s dimension and tolerance is very important. Part 1 is made from metal, and it is difficult to make by hand.
If you have a 3d printer and want to have a try, you can download a simple 3d model here. Of course, the spring and part 1 (in Figure 1) should be made from metal. As we discussed above, perhaps you will be fail to 3d print a workable mechanism, especially when you use ABS/PLA material. And there is screw on part 3, usually the screws cannot be printed well, you can refer to this article.
If you plan to design and make some interesting product with this mechanism, you can get the kit, including physical parts, 3D and 2D digital files.
A phone slot design sample based on “push to release” mechanism
In Figure 2, it is a design sample based on the “push to release” kit-CPRTY03L39. It can be used to hold Iphone 13 or Iphone 14.
After you put the phone into the slot, push your phone, it moves and will be locked inside the slot. Press your phone again, it moves about 2~5mm inside and then move out at the force of spring that is assembled in the “push to release” mechanism kit, and then you can take out your phone.
In this design, most parts can be 3d printed, and 2 pcs of CPRTY03L39 are used.
The whole slot can be assembled on anywhere you want, for example, on your car, on walls. If you have a 3d printer, you can get the 3d model here.