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Making thing that have real world uses...besides upgrading the thing that made them :)

Discussion in 'Projects' started by Mikethinks, Nov 5, 2014.

  1. AutopsyTurvy

    AutopsyTurvy Active Member

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    The knob kept falling off one of the dimmer switches in my house, and then it broke entirely.... so I went over to Thingiverse and printed a new one:

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    Also, couldn't find my 2mm crochet hook one day, soooo....
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  2. BrianAnim

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    Nose cone broke off my ARDrone 2.0 so I printed one that is even better for the camera to swivel on:
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    Before that I've printed a mount to hold my cell phone (note 2) on a tripod for stable camera work:
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    I resized it to 95% so it clips on without having a case on the phone. It's a snug fit, could have probably done 96%.
    I hollowed out the bottom a bit more and hammered a nut into the base for the tripod to screw into.
     
  3. Mike Glass

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    This weekend one of my shop vacs started smoking and caught on fire, I wanted to keep using the floor tool, so I had an old fantom vacuum and made an adapter to hook the two hoses together.

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  4. Mike Glass

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    My Ryobi Sander has been revived. Thanks to Mike Kelly, got it sized right, fit like a glove.


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  5. Galaxius

    Galaxius Well-Known Member

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    thanks for looking out for all of us Rich and welcome. You'll find some crazy helpful people here. Some are crazy and helpful too.
     
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  7. Virgil

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    A few weeks ago I left my Garmin windshield mount in rental car. :( I use magnetic mounts in my personal car for everything else, but the Garmin has a 'hole' that the original mount uses and the metal plate for the mag mount was too far in to grip. So I whipped up a simple cylinder to adapt to the space and glued it in. Works great!
     
  8. Galaxius

    Galaxius Well-Known Member

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    Pretty awesome work as usual, Galaxius. I was kind of tossing around the idea of making a cheap CNC machine. Wouldn't be doing anything too crazy with it, but I think it would be cool to build one that could do pyrography or etching based on what tool you strapped to it. I'm still quite a ways off from having the skills to pull that off, but in the mean time I've made a few things with real-world uses.

    Considering I haven't posted anything in a while, I've got a small collection, haha.

    In the interest of going overboard with my filament storage, I purchased a couple silica gel containers a while back. Just bought a ~60oz "airtight" dog food bucket and printed some clips for those.

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    I was having a go at manipulating models that other people had made and one of my friends asked if I would be able to take a model of an Orc and give it a book so he could use it for Pathfinder. I think the end result was pretty good. Decided to toss it up on Thingiverse if anyone wants one: Studious Orc

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    And last but not least, I'm in the Air Force and our squadron's mascot is the Black Knight, so we had the idea to re-purpose a broken monitor stand to have a sword in one "hand" and a shield (sign in clip board) in the other. I printed a knight's helmet that screws onto the top. I wish I could take a picture of it, but that's not going to happen, so instead, here is the bastard child of that project. After seeing that, leadership wanted me to make a going away trophy for one of higher ups. They're going to toss a 2" x 4" plaque on the front, that's what originally got me thinking about a CNC machine. Ended up with this:

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    I've also finally got around to making a picture frame for one of my friends that left a while back. Been meaning to do it since she left but for some reason Blender hated this project and I kept losing motivation to fight it. I haven't gotten around to printing it out yet, but I'll probably end up doing that tomorrow and uploading the picture to this post shortly after.
     
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  10. Galaxius

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    Thanks. A CNC is also on my to do list.
     
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  11. Mike Glass

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    Did somebody say cnc? Here is a multi-tool /cnc, I call it the Bobcat.
    Usable bed size is 15 1/4" x 19 1/4" and will expand to 19 1/4" x 27 1/2"

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  12. Galaxius

    Galaxius Well-Known Member

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    That one's in my CNC collection on Thingiverse. Very nice design. I want to be able to cut/mill aluminum and don't want to flog the guts out of my Dremel extension.
     
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    Looking good, Mike! I definitely need to build one of those someday. Just need to have a little bit more room than my current 9'x10' room. Running out of room for activities between my 3d printer, desktop w/ 2 monitors, 2 desks, and king size bed. Haha
     
  14. Mike Glass

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    So we refinish furniture an wanted to make something for a boys room, my wife thought minecraft because some kid wanted it painted on his face at a fair that she worked. So I come up of the idea for the drawer knobs and tools that are on the corners. Now she actually believes the 3d printer is awesome, bout time..lol
     

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  15. Mike Kelly

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    Haha those are sweet
     
  16. Mike Glass

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    I made some bird houses for our feathered friends.
    No, the one on the right is not dual or changing filament, it was by coloring the filament with various sharpies. :)
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  17. scotta

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    Did you use the sharpies as you were printing? i.e. set them up to colour the filament as it feeds. I have seen a setup for this.

    Or was it done after printing
     
  18. Mike Glass

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    This was done during printing, I tried one holder from thingiverse but did not work well, found another one and going to try again. I bought a 12pk of sharpies, I also got the gold, silver, and bronze so those are my next test.
     
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    Coloring the filament gives an awesome effect on transparents. I'm a bit less impressed with using it for opaque colors.
     
  20. Mike Kelly

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    Our new ceiling fan remote control didn't come with a holder. 3D printer to the rescue
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