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November 27, 2016

3D printed C-clamps – handy for all your projects!

You can never have too many C-clamps if you like woodwork, metal work and other crafts. Do you need more clamps and have access to a 3D printer? Just print some more!

Many designers in the 3D printing community are happy to share their designs. The Thingiverse user “johann517” has shared his nicely designed C-clamp (or “G-clamp”, as he prefers to call it), and you can just download the files from Thingiverse.com here and print as many clamps as you need.

I chose to print mine of polyester (also known as PET or PETG), which is a very strong and tough material. I would have loved to print it of recycled PET, but I just ordered a filament made from [...]

 
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November 26, 2016

3D printed glow-in-dark turkey

Yesterday was Thanksgiving Day in the United States. Thanksgiving is one of the largest holidays in the U.S., and the tradition is to eat turkey. I did the same, but my turkey was a free-range, organic variety. We hosted Thanksgiving together with our neighbor, and he was responsible for purchasing the turkey. I was apparently so particular about the turkey that he said he even checked its resume and interviewed its friends to make sure it had a happy life before it ended up on our table. 😉

Despite that Thanksgiving was yesterday, if you live in the United States, you are probably eating turkey today as well. And you will eat turkey tomorrow. And the day after tomorrow. And [...]

 
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November 21, 2016

3D Printer Buyer’s Guide

The Holiday Special here at Science Envy will include quite a few 3D printed objects. Some libraries, schools, and pretty much all maker spaces have 3D printers. You can also buy your own; perhaps as a nice holiday gift for yourself…?

No matter what your motivation is for buying a 3D printer, it is important to make an informed decision. 3D printer manufacturers are popping up as mushrooms after a rain storm, but not all printers are created equal. 3D printers range from a few hundred dollars to many thousands of dollars. Some of them work great, others not so great. While higher price sometimes mean higher quality, it is not always the case. Make Magazine has reviewed 38 (!) [...]

 
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September 23, 2016

3D printed dryer knobs!

3D printed solution to an everyday emergency – a broken knob on the dryer!

One of the great benefits of owning a 3D printer is that you can create spare parts. This knob is for an old Fridgidaire dryer, but it is easy to create a knob for just about anything with 3D modeling software. This particular one is created in Autodesk Inventor, which is a professional design software suite. However, there are free alternatives such as Tinker CAD. Tinker CAD is of course not nearly as sophisticated as Autodesk Inventor, but it is completely sufficient to create a dryer knob and other simple designs.

If you happen to have a Fridgidair dryer that is missing a knob, you can [...]

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