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Workshop operational tips. #2: 3D Printing in the Workshop

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Blog entry by LittleBlackDuck posted 02-02-2017 08:46 AM 1506 reads 0 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Metal bolts in timber threads. Part 2 of Workshop operational tips. series Part 3: Bottled sawdust »

While this topic doesn’t strictly fit into the guidelines of timber product, it does incorporate the processing of said prerequisite, however, to err on the side of veto wizards I decided to blog instead of projecting it.





We need to set the mood!

Once upon a time there was this aging geriatric, living in Churchill Australia that was getting paranoid about dust inhalation into his alcohol infested body. He chose to purchase a Shop-Vac and attached a few tools to with the deft application of copious reels of duct tape… and all was good. As the tools began to breed like rabbits, the old man realised that he may need to invest in another Shop-Vac (or look alike). He purchased a 2.5” “shop-vac” rated the same hose dimension as his previous one and was hoping for integrated compliance. Glory be… why is 2.5” in “Shop-Vac” speak different in size to the 2.5” in “Hitachi” speak. More duct tape and frustration attempting to integrate… and all was NOT good.

I’m sure this is not a rare tale of Robinson Crusoe (mis-located in Churchill), as I am certain most of us can relate to this chagrin.

Whilst pursuing the gratification of attending one of our local wood shows, several years ago, there was this revolutionary stand selling 3D printers. While the interest was huge, the sales was little huge. Somehow I had the insight to contemplate the use of 3D printed items in a workshop and I bit the bullet, fired a few shots and proceeded to procure one. much to the missus’s sacrifice of another pair of shoes… she has expensive shoes (I dare not say big feet). My immediate though was about shop-vac integration through customised couplings. Well I was not disappointed.

I now do not fear dust extraction compatibility with any tool I possess and at times scrap the proprietary supplied adapter for a shop made (3D printed) customised one.

While 3D printed paraphernalia can be used throughout the house I have tried to limit my contribution to items I have created for the workshop. Rather than clutter this blog with a myriad of photographic illustrations, I have created the following post-Christmas “STOCKING FILLER” to highlight what I have blundered across for use in the workshop (be warned… there are 90+ pickies in the PDF… guaranteed cure for insomnia).

Now for a touch of woodworking. You can (as I have) create many of these items on a lathe, however, repeatability is not a push button on that skew chisel. I can churn off as many 3D’s as I like and all the same… I often disguise some with different colours just to confuse myself.

I hope I can get some people’s creative juices flowing, as not all workshop creations are made of wood… especially regarding workshop aids.

Thanks for taking the time to get this far!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD



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crowie

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#1 posted 02-02-2017 08:58 AM

You heaps cleverer than this little black bird, ducky….

Took me ages to make adapters to fit things, well doing using new technology to do it quicker, easier and looking so much smarter and professional

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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Redoak49

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#2 posted 02-02-2017 12:12 PM

An entertaining and very interesting blog.

How long does it take to print a part?

What brand printer did you get and the cost?

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LittleBlackDuck

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#3 posted 02-02-2017 12:53 PM

Hi Redaok49, screen dump from one of the pictured couplers.

Time for the print was 2:13, and the material cost would be about $0.50c (Aust). I was printing at high density to ensure greater strength. For longer prints I just let it go overnight (and hope I don’t run out of filament which is only a “non-planning ahead” issue).
My first 3D printer was a UP Plus2 printer which I picked up at a greatly reduced rate of $1,200 with about $400 worth of filament (as a promotional sale at one of our local wood shows). Probably much cheaper in Yankee-land and greater selection. My 2nd. printer is a UP Box which was a bit dearer, however, it nearly had double the print capacity (which I still haven’t exploited after 18 months)... meaning the Up Plus2 would have satisfied all of my needs (remembering that parts can be glued together).

Only downside is you need to know some sort of CAD programming to make the designs. Fortunately I was conversant with SketcUp and when the salesman told me that SketchUp can be used to design models he sealed an immediate sale.

Bottom line… you can get them much cheaper now, however, even at my cost (including the “extravagance” of the UP Box) they have paid for themselves or at least looking at just a small change difference.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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JoeinGa

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#4 posted 02-02-2017 01:29 PM

Pretty cool, I could find a bunch of uses for a new toy like that !

But I’m curious at this statement… ”which I picked up at a greatly reduced rate of $1,200”

How much is that in REAL money? (AKA: what’s the exchange rate to US dollars?)
.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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LittleBlackDuck

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#5 posted 02-02-2017 02:51 PM


But I m curious at this statement… ”which I picked up at a greatly reduced rate of $1,200”

How much is that in REAL money? (AKA: what s the exchange rate to US dollars?)

- JoeinGa


I believe it was around $1,800 RRP about 3 years ago.
This is the company I bought it off in Australia at current rates (improved model). At roughly .70c in the dollar conversion… well you do the sums… I only have 10 fingers.

If you are anywhere engineering inclined, there are numerous blogs on build-your-own-3D for a couple of hundred dollars. I have 2 left feet at the end of my arms so I chose to buy (and I hate reading… instructions to build).

Yes it is a great toy with countless possibilities, however, it is practical… I have replicated many, and I mean many kitchen parts that were the victim of a man-out-of-his-element-in-that-dark-environment-called-a-kitchen.

I have also dabbled in remote controlled boys toys… and have found it great to replicate those fragile little pieces that break so easily when you get a bunch of guys together over a slab of beer.

Alternatively I could always leave my money to my kids to waste on stupid things like 3D printers…

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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GR8HUNTER

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#6 posted 02-02-2017 03:55 PM

QUOTE : fired a few shots and proceeded to procure one. much to the missus’s sacrifice of another pair of shoes… she has expensive shoes (I dare not say big feet).

hey ducky why don’t you just print her out some shoes ….OR they will no fit in machine …..LOL :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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LittleBlackDuck

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#7 posted 02-02-2017 08:40 PM



......
hey ducky why don t you just print her out some shoes ….OR they will no fit in machine …..LOL :<))

- GR8HUNTER


Considered it… But haven’t got a design for steel capped, high-heeled, hob-nail army boots…

Now why’d I say that… I’ll be on a diet of dog food for the next week!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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vince805

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#8 posted 02-02-2017 09:11 PM

Nice job! I am new to woodworking but have been 3d printing for a while now… I have already been thinking of what I could print while I am planning my shop (1/2 of the garage) layout. Will definitely need to make some of those hose attachments you have!

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LittleBlackDuck

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#9 posted 02-02-2017 09:20 PM


...but have been 3d printing for a while now…

- vince805


Hi Vince805, FAIW if you haven’t already, take the liberty to check out the “STOCKING FILLER” link above in the blog. It may give you some additional gadgetry ideas. There’s quite a few pickies to wade through, but armed with a beer (or two) I could think of many ”more depressing activities”.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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Pjonesy

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#10 posted 02-03-2017 01:39 AM

Brilliant idea LBD. I am so into breathing in saw dust that I still don’t have an extractor system. I just open the front and back doors and let the wind whisk it away.
Seriously though I should get a dust extractor, it could save a lot of nose picking.
Love the story as well.
Keep up the good work.

-- Don't tell me it can't be done.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#11 posted 02-03-2017 01:26 PM



....
Love the story as well.
....

- Pjonesy


Thanks Pj, I have found that thee are sooo many great builds/projects here at LJ, it’s my story (or as the missus calls it – BS) that makes it presentable.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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LittleBlackDuck

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#12 posted 02-04-2017 12:22 AM


How much is that in REAL money? (AKA: what s the exchange rate to US dollars?)
.

- JoeinGa


How did I overlook this???

MUCH cheaper than raising an inquisitive baby!!!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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robscastle

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#13 posted 02-05-2017 09:10 AM

Sniffle Snuffle Snort LBD I had to get the Kleenex out reading your post.

Add the pictures of JoeinGa’s childhood development pondering the questions of life and it all makes a very emotional story.

-- Regards Rob

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LittleBlackDuck

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#14 posted 02-05-2017 01:56 PM



Sniffle Snuffle Snort LBD I had to get the Kleenex out reading your post.

- robscastle


If you needed the Kleenex for this robsc’, you should read the story of how I acquired my laser… you’ll need towels to sop up the mess!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#15 posted 02-06-2017 06:59 AM

I am up for it, ... give me a hint!

I checked out Bah humbug thinking that was it,.... what a hoot that post turned into, but not what I was looking for.

-- Regards Rob

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