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Old 03-06-2014, 12:00 PM   #1
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3D Printer for replacement parts

Was reading one of our member's non-AS blog and discovered that he is using 3D printer pretty extensively to make replacement parts in the marine environment. It's the first really practical home use of 3D printers that I have run across (or at least what I considered practical, being not quite a Luddite but definitely curmudgeonly).

Made me wonder if anyone on here is using a 3D printer for similar things?
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I have had a non replaceable toilet part scanned and 3D printed for dimension verification. We then sent the scan file to a plastics company for 3D printing with the proper plastic. The replacement toilet would have cost $200+. The printed part cost $125. I kept my old toilet from going to the dump and I got to learn something new.
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Ok, names and sources for these feats? Lots of need, growing daily.
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You can print metal parts, too. I was considering getting a special hinge made for my kayak hatches and designed one to be printed in stainless steel. Printing steel uses a powder process that is eventually sintered in an oven to remove the plastic carrier material and fuse the metal. I managed to fabricate the hinges out of aluminum sheet, but I'm still fascinated with the potential of printing metal parts.

Just Google "3D printing stainless steel."

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Old 03-12-2014, 07:33 AM   #5
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It is definitely interesting. I have a small motorcycle parts business but most all of my stuff is Aluminum. I am also making some Airstream parts. There are a few things you can make with 3D printers but if you want something made of metal your options are limited and the surface finish is not great. The metal stuff looks like it is made of sand. A CNC mill would be my first choice but that is a sizable investment and you also have to know how to program it. The technology is getting better but I am not ready to bite right now.

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One persons catamaran could be another persons Airstream

Here is what Airstream and sailboat owner and blogger Gringo is doing with his 3D printer on his boat.

2 Gringos in the Caribbean

It may not be apples to apples from marine to travel trailer, but as many plastic parts as there are it might pay off..... granted he is a long way from just having something overnighted by FedEx and big box stores are pretty scarce in his corner of the Caribbean, but I thought there might be some transportability across genres.

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I used Makersfactory.com in Santa Cruz, CA. Pretty neat group. They have classes on 3D printing and many more machines. A UCSC student did my part.
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I never found the part in his blog where he used a 3D printer. I expect it is there somewhere. I did not go to all the sub pages.

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Here is what Airstream and sailboat owner and blogger Gringo is doing with his 3D printer on his boat.

2 Gringos in the Caribbean

It may not be apples to apples from marine to travel trailer, but as many plastic parts as there are it might pay off..... granted he is a long way from just having something overnighted by FedEx and big box stores are pretty scarce in his corner of the Caribbean, but I thought there might be some transportability across genres.

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Tom, my Bitdefender virus software really hates all links to the makersfactory site. I'm sure it's a glitch, but just wanted to confirm that it's safe to go there. Maybe someone has slipped a trojan onto their web page?

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I never found the part in his blog where he used a 3D printer. I expect it is there somewhere. I did not go to all the sub pages.

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it's in that blog posting, first reference about 6 pictures down, you will see a yellow drain cover that he printed and then further down still a couple more instances of fabrications he did with the printer.

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I just came from their web site and all seems fine. I use all Apple products and have not had problems.
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