3D Printing for the Workshop

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Blog entry by Redoak49 posted 07-14-2019 09:55 PM 363 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Recently, there have been a couple of threads about 3D printing. I know very little about the subject but am fortunate that my son had a 3D printer and printed some things for me from PLA filament. His printer is a PRUSA i3 MK3. Some of his design work has been in Sketchup but he has moved on to using Fusion360.

I recently broke one of the side pieces for a Grrripper. A drawing was made of the part and a new one printed and works great. It is quite a bit cheaper than buying a replacement part.

One of the first things that he printed me was sorting trays and I have to admit that they have been very useful. I have several sizes and some that fit the neck of the small storage bottles used for small parts and screws. These are much better than using old cake pans.

Instructables recently had an article about printing corner clamps to use with the Irwin Quick Grips. Using this as a guide, he redrew them to make clamp heads for all three sizes of the clamps I have. These are surprisingly strong and held up with really tightening them.

Another useful part was the hose clips for my Festool hose and cord. This was a simple part but really works well.

The last part is an index wheel. In a number of posts and videos by htl, he is making spoked wheels and in his jig uses an index wheel to properly drill holes. I have made index wheels how he recommends but wanted to try this out. I now have several 3D printed ones with varying hole spacing. They are much more accurate than the ones I made. The other picture here shows the part being printed and shows the inside which is not solid. My understanding is that you can vary the density of the inside and pattern of printing. It saves time and material and can be very strong.

I am considering getting a 3D printer but have no skills with Sketchup or Fusion360 and not certain I want to invest the time in learning it.

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#1 posted 07-15-2019 02:02 AM

Thanks for sharing all the helpful accessories that you and your son have made with the 3D printer. It certainly could be an asset to any woodworker’s shop. Perhaps one day it will be a staple in most homes and we’ll all just print whatever it is we need!


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#2 posted 07-15-2019 10:37 AM

Very interesting…....

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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