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Title: Home repairs with a 3D printer
Post by: scoob on January 20, 2013, 09:04:06 AM
I thought I'd start off with an example of a repair I did yesterday.  We have a sectional sofa with built-in recliners, and one of them is operated by a 'rip-cord'.  There is a plastic bracket that acts as a guide for the cable, and it broke, rendering the recliner useless.  I found cables and the handle online, but not the bracket.  Good thing I'm a CAD guy with a 3D printer!

I removed the broken part, grabbed the calipers and a note pad (should've taken a pic of the sketch), and drew up a CAD model:
(http://www.odmojo.com/photos/TSP/recpartmodel.png)

The broken part with the new part:
(http://www.odmojo.com/photos/TSP/recparts.png)

The new part installed:
(http://www.odmojo.com/photos/TSP/recrepair.png)

It doesn't look like it, but I beefed-up the flange thickness, and the wall thickness of the guide tube.

The new part looks sort of rough, because I built the printer and still need to go through it and tighten-up some backlash and do more calibration.  I need to learn more about tweaking the settings as well.
Title: Re: Home repairs with a 3D printer
Post by: Klonus on January 20, 2013, 11:34:20 AM
Hey Scoob. CAD guy here as well. What kind of 3d printer do you use?  I was considering buying one. It could make a great prepper item.
Title: Re: Home repairs with a 3D printer
Post by: Mr. Bill on January 20, 2013, 01:29:02 PM
I am now convinced we're in the 21st Century.  Well done, Scoob!
Title: Re: Home repairs with a 3D printer
Post by: scoob on January 20, 2013, 08:43:15 PM
I built a RepRap Prusa Mendel (http://reprap.org/wiki/Prusa) for about $500.
More info:
http://reprap.org/wiki/Main_Page
http://reprapbook.appspot.com/
http://garyhodgson.com/reprap/prusa-mendel-visual-instructions/

Sorry for the brevity, but I just typed for a half-hour and it got nuked... off to bed.
Title: Re: Home repairs with a 3D printer
Post by: Mr. Bill on January 20, 2013, 09:00:51 PM
Sorry for the brevity, but I just typed for a half-hour and it got nuked... off to bed.

:banghead:  I hate when that happens!  (We're still working on the forum software upgrade behind the scenes here.  I hope we'll have fewer forum-caused post-nukings within a month or so.)
Title: Re: Home repairs with a 3D printer
Post by: scoob on January 21, 2013, 06:16:52 AM
Thanks for all you do, Bill... but it's not the forum software's fault.  I was on a newer laptop, and my low battery warning gave me 5 seconds to plug in.  Plugged-in (too late), powered-up, post was still there, hit 'preview'....Ack! Blank page!  My wifi didn't come back on.  I'd have been alright if I'd connected, then hit reload, but I hit the back button instead.   ::)
Title: Re: Home repairs with a 3D printer
Post by: idelphic on January 21, 2013, 10:03:25 AM
Nicely done.  A 3D printer would be nice to have, but sadly I don't have the Autocadd skills needed to spec out what I sometimes would like to prototype.

It would be rather interesting to print out parts for repairs or prototyping.
Title: Re: Home repairs with a 3D printer
Post by: livinitup0 on January 21, 2013, 11:55:24 AM
This 3d printer technology utterly fascinates me. I'd love to eventually get one...but Id like to learn more about it and how to use it first...any sugestions on reading material?

I think it could pay for itself with small repairs like this and micro-manufacturing small business products in no time.

...and I really want to make a p90 stock for a .22 lol
Title: Re: Home repairs with a 3D printer
Post by: Nicodemus on January 22, 2013, 06:10:06 AM
Nice work, scoob!
Title: Re: Home repairs with a 3D printer
Post by: theBINKYhunter on January 22, 2013, 07:04:02 AM
that's pretty sweet. the 3D printer stuff fascinates me. eventually i would love to learn how to use this technology.
Title: Re: Home repairs with a 3D printer
Post by: livinitup0 on January 22, 2013, 07:07:27 AM
I built a RepRap Prusa Mendel (http://reprap.org/wiki/Prusa) for about $500.
More info:
http://reprap.org/wiki/Main_Page
http://reprapbook.appspot.com/
http://garyhodgson.com/reprap/prusa-mendel-visual-instructions/

Sorry for the brevity, but I just typed for a half-hour and it got nuked... off to bed.

I did some reading on the RepRap website last night and this stuff is just freaking cool. Did you have someone replicate parts for yours? Is there some kind of community out there thats trading designs and whatnot?

From what I saw it looks like one of these could potentially be made for around $200... is that accurate?
Title: Re: Home repairs with a 3D printer
Post by: scoob on January 22, 2013, 08:33:30 AM
Did you have someone replicate parts for yours?

Yes, we have a local group of 'makers' that are fairly active.  Use the search terms "openlab" "hacker space" "maker space" and see what comes up in your area.  A local guy printed my parts for $65.  Printing parts for new builders is a good way to get your own machine paid for and buy more filament.

Is there some kind of community out there thats trading designs and whatnot?

There's a huge community of folks making these things, with several different designs that constantly being updated, improved, adapted, and added on to.
The best example of things to print, whether machine improvements/upgrades, full machines, parts, toys, game pieces, phone & tablet cases,etc., is Thingiverse (http://www.thingiverse.com/).  Also check out GrabCAD (http://grabcad.com/library?per_page=100) for and DefCAD (http://defcad.org/).
Thingiverse is mostly geared toward the 3D printing, and is owned by the company that sells Makerbot (http://www.makerbot.com/)   I would say CAD and print (.stl) files for tens-of-thousands of models are posted, many with instructions/descriptions/ratings/etc. 
GrabCAD is just a 3D model depository where people post their designs that aren't necessarily specific to one type of production (3d printing, cnc machining, etc.)
DefCAD... firearms-related stuff.  Since Thingiverse has been monkeying with their terms of service, and pulling firearms-related files, DefCAD is trying to be the 'gun-stuff thingiverse'.

Globally, much of the 'community-level' stuff is done at the RepRap Forums (http://forums.reprap.org/), for the machine I have, specifically in the RepRap Prusa Mendel (http://forums.reprap.org/list.php?151) topic category.

Let me re-emphasize... THERE IS A HUGE COMMUNITY of makers doing this 3D printing thing.  If your questions aren't answered in the thousands of pages of documentation out there, you can get on IRC chat and ask someone for help in real-time.  You might even be talking to one of the designers, Josef Prusa, himself.


From what I saw it looks like one of these could potentially be made for around $200... is that accurate?

Not that I know of.  Even if you can build your own circuit boards from a kit or from scratch, you'll only save $100 or so.  You can knock off about $55-75 if you don't purchase a heated build platform, since it's only needed for the higher-temp plastics like ABS.  (I would recommend one even if you're only printing with PLA though)  There are ways to save money, but $500 should be in your expectations.

Once all of the machines from the Kickstarter (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/printrbot/printrbot-your-first-3d-printer?ref=live) have shipped, there may be some cheaper options based-on the more compact Printrbot (http://printrbot.com/).

Nicely done.  A 3D printer would be nice to have, but sadly I don't have the Autocadd skills needed to spec out what I sometimes would like to prototype.  It would be rather interesting to print out parts for repairs or prototyping.

Some of the folks with these machines don't have any CAD background at all, and are creating models with the free Google Sketchup (http://www.sketchup.com/).  There are loads of free online tutorials for Sketchup.  Other free CAD programs are out there, but I don't think they are very intuitive to learn.  I use AutoCAD (not cheap) and Revit MEP (even more *not cheap*) to make a living, and while many users are self-taught, they aren't the easiest software packages to learn.

Title: Re: Home repairs with a 3D printer
Post by: livinitup0 on January 22, 2013, 09:00:18 AM
well considering the prices of a pre-built machine, and the technological background needed to understand and run one efficiently I dont see why anyone would actually buy one. $500 is a steal compared to some of those prices.

Maybe im just a nerd but this technology is insanely exciting to me. small-scale manufacturing has been a hurdle for small businesses as a whole and this kind of technology could open the doors to business opportunities that were previously impossible for a lot of entrepreneurs.

Exciting stuff man, thanks for posting this.
Title: Re: Home repairs with a 3D printer
Post by: Scottman on January 22, 2013, 12:12:15 PM
Very cool!
Title: Re: Home repairs with a 3D printer
Post by: scoob on January 22, 2013, 12:51:23 PM
Thanks for the action on this thread... it's encouraging.

I finally posted my first 'thing' on Thingiverse:
Recliner Part (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:43929)
Title: Re: Home repairs with a 3D printer
Post by: livinitup0 on January 22, 2013, 01:53:09 PM
defCAD = epic on so many levels.
Title: Re: Home repairs with a 3D printer
Post by: Carpintiero on January 22, 2013, 02:13:11 PM
I work with SolidWorks which includes the ability to run stress analysis on parts. Dassault has a program called Draftsight that is just like autocad but very cheap (free). I'm going to look into this 3d printer as well. Great thread.
Title: Re: Home repairs with a 3D printer
Post by: nkawtg on January 22, 2013, 03:17:10 PM
Nicely done.  A 3D printer would be nice to have, but sadly I don't have the Autocadd skills needed to spec out what I sometimes would like to prototype.

It would be rather interesting to print out parts for repairs or prototyping.

I believe in the very near future there will be an online library of stuff users submit much like people do for sketch up.
You won't need any autocad skill, just download and print.
Title: Re: Home repairs with a 3D printer
Post by: livinitup0 on January 22, 2013, 03:37:53 PM
I believe in the very near future there will be an online library of stuff users submit much like people do for sketch up.
You won't need any autocad skill, just download and print.

http://www.thingiverse.com/

I drooled for an hour on this site today
Title: Re: Home repairs with a 3D printer
Post by: backwoods_engineer on January 24, 2013, 02:29:37 PM
Great work, scoob!

I am part of a local hackerspace (TechShop RDU) that has 4 3D printers.  I have been laying off to take the Basic Use class required to use them.  I think you've just put me over the top.

That, and the pattern for 30-round AR-15 magazines uploaded by Defense Distributed...
Title: Re: Home repairs with a 3D printer
Post by: flippydidit on January 24, 2013, 09:23:49 PM
I am DEFINITELY interested in this technology.  I've got a few ideas that would be perfectly suited for home based industry.  Printing my own money!  (figuratively)
Title: Re: Home repairs with a 3D printer
Post by: scoob on January 25, 2013, 07:09:18 AM
I haven't had time to print much lately, but I'll try to get some time this weekend.  Some of the first things a new mendel builder/owner prints are upgrade parts for the machine itself... like carriage pieces that accept bearings, instead of printed bushings.  I also need to print a filament spool that I'll be happy with.  Will post pics as I print these.
Title: Re: Home repairs with a 3D printer
Post by: Nicodemus on January 25, 2013, 07:53:41 PM
A machine that makes improved parts for itself... That makes my brain hurt. If it starts designing and making its own parts at will, destroy it before it's too late!  ;D
Title: Re: Home repairs with a 3D printer
Post by: scoob on January 28, 2013, 07:24:13 AM
A machine that makes improved parts for itself... That makes my brain hurt. If it starts designing and making its own parts at will, destroy it before it's too late!  ;D

Yeah, if it figures out how to plug itself in, it becomes target practice.   ;D

For those wanting 'bang for your buck' to get into 3D printing, check out the Printrbot.  The Printrbot Plus (http://printrbot.com/shop/plus/) is the equivalent build-size (8"x8") to the $500 Prusa Mendel I built,  for $700 in kit form (add $100 for fully assembled).  You can get a 4x4 Printrbot Jr (http://printrbot.com/shop/printrbot-jr/) kit for $400, then print your own upgrade pieces to make it bigger.  And no, I have no affiliation to Printrbot.  I've just been kinda following their project because makes home 3D printers a little more affordable.

Update on my printing this weekend:  I tried to print some upgrade parts that would allow me to quick-detach the extruder head, and snap other tool heads like a dremel or laser cutter.  I had some issues with the taller prints turning into spaghetti, so I bagged it, did a partial tear-down and re-wire/tighten/clean&lube job.  I threw the failed pieces away, but next time I'll take and post pics to show what a 'fail' looks like.  I also drew up a fan mount for cooling the filament as it exits the extruder (solution to part of the spaghetti problem)... tried to print it, and it was only a partial success. 
Title: Re: Home repairs with a 3D printer
Post by: scoob on January 30, 2013, 05:09:27 PM
Update on my printing this weekend:  I tried to print some upgrade parts that would allow me to quick-detach the extruder head, and snap other tool heads like a dremel or laser cutter.  I had some issues with the taller prints turning into spaghetti, so I bagged it, did a partial tear-down and re-wire/tighten/clean&lube job.  I threw the failed pieces away, but next time I'll take and post pics to show what a 'fail' looks like.

Looks like I actually kept the failed part:

(http://www.odmojo.com/photos/TSP/reprap_fail1.jpg)

I also drew up a fan mount for cooling the filament as it exits the extruder (solution to part of the spaghetti problem)... tried to print it, and it was only a partial success. 

(http://www.odmojo.com/photos/TSP/reprap_fail2.jpg)
Title: Re: Home repairs with a 3D printer
Post by: idelphic on February 01, 2013, 11:37:42 AM
How much trouble would it be to plot/design print a battery box?  would use AA batteries.
Title: Re: Home repairs with a 3D printer
Post by: nkawtg on February 01, 2013, 11:51:30 AM
Easy Sneezy to print one. A little more skill needed to draw one in CAD.
Title: Re: Home repairs with a 3D printer
Post by: scoob on February 02, 2013, 09:59:32 AM
How much trouble would it be to plot/design print a battery box?  would use AA batteries.

Do a search on thingiverse for "battery box" or "battery tray"... or better yet:
battery box (https://www.google.com/#hl=en&sugexp=les%3B&gs_rn=2&gs_ri=hp&gs_mss=thingiverse%20ba&tok=FHian0WrURkOTeL7NpsF_Q&cp=23&gs_id=cz&xhr=t&q=thingiverse+battery+box&es_nrs=true&pf=p&tbo=d&sclient=psy-ab&oq=thingiverse+battery+box&gs_l=&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.&bvm=bv.41867550,d.b2I&fp=4d739617f392435f&biw=939&bih=394)
battery tray (https://www.google.com/#hl=en&sugexp=les%3B&gs_rn=2&gs_ri=hp&gs_mss=thingiverse%20ba&tok=FHian0WrURkOTeL7NpsF_Q&pq=thingiverse%20battery%20box&cp=24&gs_id=st&xhr=t&q=thingiverse+battery+tray&es_nrs=true&pf=p&tbo=d&sclient=psy-ab&oq=thingiverse+battery+tray&gs_l=&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.&bvm=bv.41867550,d.b2I&fp=4d739617f392435f&biw=939&bih=394)

If you have a specific design in mind, can you post it, or at least describe it?
Title: Re: Home repairs with a 3D printer
Post by: idelphic on February 04, 2013, 03:46:16 PM
Do a search on thingiverse for "battery box" or "battery tray"... or better yet:
battery box (https://www.google.com/#hl=en&sugexp=les%3B&gs_rn=2&gs_ri=hp&gs_mss=thingiverse%20ba&tok=FHian0WrURkOTeL7NpsF_Q&cp=23&gs_id=cz&xhr=t&q=thingiverse+battery+box&es_nrs=true&pf=p&tbo=d&sclient=psy-ab&oq=thingiverse+battery+box&gs_l=&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.&bvm=bv.41867550,d.b2I&fp=4d739617f392435f&biw=939&bih=394)
battery tray (https://www.google.com/#hl=en&sugexp=les%3B&gs_rn=2&gs_ri=hp&gs_mss=thingiverse%20ba&tok=FHian0WrURkOTeL7NpsF_Q&pq=thingiverse%20battery%20box&cp=24&gs_id=st&xhr=t&q=thingiverse+battery+tray&es_nrs=true&pf=p&tbo=d&sclient=psy-ab&oq=thingiverse+battery+tray&gs_l=&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.&bvm=bv.41867550,d.b2I&fp=4d739617f392435f&biw=939&bih=394)

If you have a specific design in mind, can you post it, or at least describe it?

Total size would be the size of my Kindle Fire,.. or a 7" tablet.  Thickness relevant to the batteries.  Recessed USB jack which is the charger  (http://www.adafruit.com/products/14).  Batteries would be in pairs supplying 3v, but would have multiple 'packs' to increase the run time. and off hand I can't remember how many that is,..

I might split one 'pack' off to use with a charger - so you would have a place for a solar charger, panel on the back of it also.  So you can cycle batteries around and always have power.
Title: Re: Home repairs with a 3D printer
Post by: cheryl1 on February 05, 2013, 07:47:28 AM
+1 for this post. There is a longstanding disagreement in our house about 3d printing, and now I have evidence for my position! Neither my husband nor I have any background in computer design etc. and I just recently learned 3d printers even existed for home use. I am soooo interested in where this technology is going, and I told my husband that some day we'll be able to just print off those little widgets that break and render household items useless instead of having to order them or drive 50 miles to town for a replacement. He said no way, that'll never happen. I am going to win this one after he sees your post!  ;D
Title: Re: Home repairs with a 3D printer
Post by: scoob on February 05, 2013, 06:35:41 PM
Total size would be the size of my Kindle Fire,.. or a 7" tablet.  Thickness relevant to the batteries.  Recessed USB jack which is the charger  (http://www.adafruit.com/products/14).  Batteries would be in pairs supplying 3v, but would have multiple 'packs' to increase the run time. and off hand I can't remember how many that is,..

I might split one 'pack' off to use with a charger - so you would have a place for a solar charger, panel on the back of it also.  So you can cycle batteries around and always have power.

Awesome idea!  Let's see if my vision even remotely resembles your vision:   ;D

(http://www.odmojo.com/photos/TSP/kfcasetopR1.png)

(http://www.odmojo.com/photos/TSP/kfcasebotR1.png)

I haven't started on designing electronics yet, but some thoughts:   USB is 5 volts, but I don't know what the voltage requirements are for the Kindle Fire, whether just operating, or actually charging.  Is 4.8v (4 batteries) enough?  The "sled" above has voids to run wiring and some slim circuitry, and I could design some clips to snap a solar unit of similar footprint.

I better get some filament ordered... this one is gonna suck up some plastic!   :o

+1 for this post. There is a longstanding disagreement in our house about 3d printing, and now I have evidence for my position! Neither my husband nor I have any background in computer design etc. and I just recently learned 3d printers even existed for home use. I am soooo interested in where this technology is going, and I told my husband that some day we'll be able to just print off those little widgets that break and render household items useless instead of having to order them or drive 50 miles to town for a replacement. He said no way, that'll never happen. I am going to win this one after he sees your post!  ;D

The guy I got parts to build my machine from showed me a shelf clip in his refrigerator that he printed.  It would have cost him over $100 to buy the whole shelf just to get the little 'clippy-thingy'.  He was also working on a piece to fix the power windows in his car at the time.  He has it posted on Thingiverse.  You should check out the "Replacement Parts (http://www.thingiverse.com/categories/household/replacement-parts)" section.
Title: Re: Home repairs with a 3D printer
Post by: idelphic on February 05, 2013, 08:21:08 PM
Awesome idea!  Let's see if my vision even remotely resembles your vision:   ;D

Image Link to save space (http://www.odmojo.com/photos/TSP/kfcasetopR1.png)

Image Link to save space (http://www.odmojo.com/photos/TSP/kfcasebotR1.png)

I haven't started on designing electronics yet, but some thoughts:   USB is 5 volts, but I don't know what the voltage requirements are for the Kindle Fire, whether just operating, or actually charging.  Is 4.8v (4 batteries) enough?  The "sled" above has voids to run wiring and some slim circuitry, and I could design some clips to snap a solar unit of similar footprint.

I better get some filament ordered... this one is gonna suck up some plastic!   :o

The guy I got parts to build my machine from showed me a shelf clip in his refrigerator that he printed.  It would have cost him over $100 to buy the whole shelf just to get the little 'clippy-thingy'.  He was also working on a piece to fix the power windows in his car at the time.  He has it posted on Thingiverse.  You should check out the "Replacement Parts (http://www.thingiverse.com/categories/household/replacement-parts)" section.

Pretty much - that is about what I am thinking.  I had thought of pairing the batteries in a 'U' formation like you see in many toys and in your TV Remote.  But that may not be what I need.  I need to think about that for a few.  By using the 'U' layout, you can have single '+' and '-' bus to connect to.

One pair of batteries would be 'out of primary' to use as a solar charger.  I pondered that earlier today, and honestly you could have 4 batteries in that configuration. I have a 6 LED flashlight that has 4 AA batteries in it, and a single solar panel of about 2" by 4"... didn't take much to charge them up to power the light on...  Again.. some thought on this might be in order.

As for the voltage, the Minty Booster (Referenced in my last message) is a Up converter.  It takes 3v (AA batteries are 1.2 or 1.5v) and boosts it to 5v needed to power / charge 99% of all USB powered devices.  And the way this circuit is done is that it will strip all the voltage out of the batteries,.. so mostly dead AA batteries will still charge a iPhone or Blackberry or,.. etc -

The Minty Boost Circuit (http://www.adafruit.com/products/14) is purposed to use only 2 AA batteries.  But adding the others you get more capacity so you get a full charge out of one plug up.  It's small, and easy to use.  I've already got a unit on order,... just want a nice clean package to put it all in...  I can hot glue a few parts together from Radio Shack,..  but why?

btw - Here is a  Instruct-able on the Double Minty (http://www.instructables.com/id/Double-Capacity-MintyBoost-with-4-AA-Battery-Holde)
(http://www.instructables.com/files/deriv/F7B/LE9X/G5V2M1U0/F7BLE9XG5V2M1U0.SMALL.jpg)
Title: Re: Home repairs with a 3D printer
Post by: SlimJim on February 06, 2013, 08:00:37 PM
I have a MakerBot Replicator (1) in my classroom (don't you wish I was your kid's teacher!?) I also teach SolidWorks, so it's a natural extension. We just completed a "SolidWorks Derby" kind of like a pinewood derby in Scouts, but with a 3D printer. Talk about fun!

Anyway, should you buy a pre-built one or build from a kit? It depends! Which hobby do you want: Making things? or tinkering with a printer? Now these are both really cool hobbies, but if you want to print with over 50% success, you need a pre-built machine. Heck, even with a really nice printer, there is a very real learning curve with this.

BTW, As soon as my five-year old saw the 3D printer, she said "you could make bird parts for mr. potato head"  Yep, she's growing up in the future!

SlimJim
Title: Re: Home repairs with a 3D printer
Post by: creuzerm on April 01, 2013, 09:20:48 AM
I've had a RepRap (The name for the self reproducing 3D printers) for about a year, and am building my 2nd one.

These things are a total game changer for fixing and making things around the house & yard. It takes time to re-learn the entire problem solving process when you incorporate one of these into your 'tool box'. But once that mind-blowing trip is done, it's as simple as saying... "I'll just print one"

NOTE: Thingiverse is a website hosted by one of the companies that sells 3d printers where people can upload their designs to share. It's a great resource.

Some of the things I've fixed:

I print a lot of tools with my printer:

I make parts with my printer for projects:

And they can be used for fun stuff too:

Oh, and the printer can be used to make more printers and upgrades for itself.

Various other things I've printed can be found on my blog at http://mike.creuzer.com/topic/builds/3d-objects

One of the things I want to do is build a waste oil burner that can be used both as a forge for my blacksmithing, but also as a burner for a metal casting furnace. Than I can print plastic parts, sand cast them, and make metal parts!

I have a 2 year old that is growing up with these contraptions. A big 'ah ha' moment for her was one night when I was tweaking a model's dimensions, and she saw it on the computer screen and she named the shape and I said "Lets go get it" and brought her downstairs to the printer and handed her the previous, slightly off part off the printer bed.  Now she LOVES looking at my screen and saying 'Lets go get it" when I have a printable model on the screen.


Title: Re: Home repairs with a 3D printer
Post by: Trimbleman on April 08, 2013, 08:31:50 PM
I just came across rep rap over the weekend and I can not tell you how excited I am that there are other preppers into this.  Any suggestions on how to find the closest printer to my location to help print my printer?

Kevin
Title: Re: Home repairs with a 3D printer
Post by: scoob on April 09, 2013, 06:46:46 AM
I just came across rep rap over the weekend and I can not tell you how excited I am that there are other preppers into this.  Any suggestions on how to find the closest printer to my location to help print my printer?
Kevin

Kevin - Start <HERE> (http://forums.reprap.org/index.php?173) and see if there's a local RUG, hackerspace, makerspace, or open lab.  Don't be thrown-off by the term hackerspace.  My experience is that one finds a good mix of life hackers and computer hackers.  An example of a life hacker would be a guy that modifies a thermostatic attic vent/fan to cool his greenhouse.  Our local group just had a workshop that was supposed to be about automating homebrewing, that turned in to homebrewing 101.  I digress...  Anyway, fiddle around in the reprap forums (http://forums.reprap.org/index.php).  If you can't find a local group, there are folks on there that will print parts and sell (http://forums.reprap.org/list.php?175) them to you.  Buyer beware, as always.  There are established companies that will sell you the printed parts as well.  Companies will charge a bit more.  If you buy from an individual, you're probably just helping him recoup the costs of building his machine.
Title: Re: Home repairs with a 3D printer
Post by: scoob on April 09, 2013, 06:49:13 AM
Mike - Great post, and great blog... Thanks!
Title: Re: Home repairs with a 3D printer
Post by: Trimbleman on April 09, 2013, 09:10:54 PM
I am trying the rep rap forums for my area nj..... But it seems to take forever for me to login on the server.

Kevin
Title: Re: Home repairs with a 3D printer
Post by: creuzerm on April 10, 2013, 10:10:56 AM
I am trying the rep rap forums for my area nj..... But it seems to take forever for me to login on the server.


The RepRap sites have been down/stupid slow for the last week or so. I was able to pull it up this morning. Try again when you get a chance.
Title: Re: Home repairs with a 3D printer
Post by: Trimbleman on April 10, 2013, 08:28:41 PM
Ok thanks for confirming that.
I thought maybe it was me!

Kevin
Title: Re: Home repairs with a 3D printer
Post by: Zeus on October 28, 2014, 07:28:16 AM
This thread just gave me an idea for a new lucrative side job, 3D printer repair.
Title: Re: Home repairs with a 3D printer
Post by: strangetanks on October 29, 2014, 06:58:29 AM
It actually surprises me that this tech is just getting into the main stream.  I worked for a small prototyping company and we were doing rapid prototyping 18 years ago.  The machines were crazy expensive at the time, but we would just email files to a contractor and get parts fed ex'ed to us the next day.  Plus we had cnc milling machines and 3d scanners for in house production.

The thing I don't like about the 3d printers, I don't feel like the resolution is very good and second the material seems to be horribly expensive to me.

I built a 4'x8' cnc router a few years ago, whip out wood, plastic and aluminum parts all the time.  Nice to be able to throw a sheet of plywood on the machine and come back in an hour or 2 and pick up a pile of parts.