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Old 03-02-16, 01:50 PM
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the 3d printing revolution

Any of you guys have a 3d printer?

I build a printer a couple of weeks ago and I absolutely love it!

As a total nerd that is into designing & building autonomous robots I have no idea how I lived without it. At the moment I'm fixing all sorts of stuff that I had no capacity to previously but now it's almost trivial. The more I get into it the more possibilities I see for the technology.
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Awesome! A friend has been really into designing things but he sends them out to get printed in whatever materials. I think to someplace in Europe.
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I don't have a printer. Like Mr. Weinberg's friend, I use a printing service, usually Shapeways. But I do the design myself.

I use Blender to model the design. I learned how to design for 3D printing from the book
Blender 3D Printing Essentials.

Here is the lunar lander I built for the OpenLuna Foundation.



My first project was recreating a key for an ancient Chinese lock. It would have been extremely difficult without 3D printing.
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Originally Posted by Cyclaholic View Post
Any of you guys have a 3d printer?

I build a printer a couple of weeks ago and I absolutely love it!

As a total nerd that is into designing & building autonomous robots I have no idea how I lived without it. At the moment I'm fixing all sorts of stuff that I had no capacity to previously but now it's almost trivial. The more I get into it the more possibilities I see for the technology.

Yes, and having fun with it.

There is a good thread on 3d mounts in the Electronics, Lighting & Gadgets area.
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Old 03-03-16, 11:22 AM
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Originally Posted by JonnyHK View Post
Yes, and having fun with it.

There is a good thread on 3d mounts in the Electronics, Lighting & Gadgets area.
Do you have a link to it?
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A couple of my coworkers have them now. They seem to be having fun. One just made a faux Steadicam gimbal for his GoPro, which amusingly took a camera weighing a couple ounces and made it weigh a couple pounds instead. Another is making figures for tabletop gaming.
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Do you have a link to it?

http://www.bikeforums.net/electronic...es-mounts.html
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nice

....I'm printing upgrades to my machine, still getting to know the nuances of 3d printing.

First is a geared extruder (belt drive) and e3d-v6 hot end upgrade, then some decent belt tensioners.
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One of the local libraries has a MakerBot Replicator Mini. Can 3D printed objects made from plastic be created to have threads for a nut? I want to make a pushbutton holder for a microswitch like this:
https://www.sparkfun.com/products/9336

But I need the threaded part to be a maximum of 8mm diameter... not sure if I can put the threaded cap on the upper side or if it would have to be a two-part design.
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There are a couple of people (including myself) doing designs for bike widgets and then uploading them to printing services for sale.

One guy has done a lot of camera mounts with variants for all sorts of seat post shapes. The kind of stuff that no large scale manufacturer is going to do.

I've done a mount for a popular light that only ships with a very limited range of mounting options. I've sold about 50 of them.
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Originally Posted by JonnyHK View Post
There are a couple of people (including myself) doing designs for bike widgets and then uploading them to printing services for sale
Link?

I'm interested in 3D printing for small bike & kitchen gadgets. I assume it's possible to download free design software, once you have a 3D design, how hard is it to find somebody local to print it for cheap?
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Originally Posted by RubeRad View Post
Link?

I'm interested in 3D printing for small bike & kitchen gadgets. I assume it's possible to download free design software, once you have a 3D design, how hard is it to find somebody local to print it for cheap?

Link is above or you can just go to that area of the forum.

Plenty of free software of varying abilities. Some good cheap stuff. Some that is free to a certain level (stuff like file type support), then costs something to unlock the features a business might need.

I'm using Fusion360 by AutoDesk (who have many products).

Can't help you with local printers, but they will be out there. Look also for Maker Space type places.
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What kind of printer did you build? I have used a Makerbot and currently have an Object 30pro which used polyjet material. It is amazing for R&D and prototyping purposes.
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