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3D Printing and DIY Projects
This week at Access 3D Services a customer came to us with an interesting model he had found on YouTube. The customer is a local contractor and avid Do-It-Yourself’er and explained that he has countless power tools from different brands and they all use different batteries. He is now using Ryobi tools but wanted an adapter to use his Milwaukee and Dewalt batteries in his Ryobi tools, and he stumbled across a video on YouTube detailing how to do it and sharing the 3D printable files needed.
Dewalt Battery -> Ryobi Tool Adapter: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1248463
Milwaukee Battery -> Ryobi Tool Adapter: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1677812
After deciding on colors, yellow and black for Dewalt and red and black for Milwaukee, we printed out all the necessary parts which came out fantastic and allowed the customer to complete his project. Without a 3D printer it would have been nearly impossible to create these adapters, making this a perfect example of how far Additive Manufacturing has taken Do-It-Yourself projects. No longer are we limited to what we can carve or assemble from manufactured components; designs can be created in one piece with all of their intricacies at a small fraction of the cost of having a piece created by CNC.
The other amazing aspect of 3D printing for Do-It-Yourself projects is the ability to create items in a variety of materials, colors and finishes. If you just need a good looking model that won’t be under any form of stress or exposure to the elements then simple PLA will suffice, however if you’re looking for a stronger material suitable for working prototypes ABS is often employed. For more strength and impact resistance Polycarbonate makes a good material choice, whereas if you’re creating a hinge or parts under constant friction some variety of Nylon will offer the greatest durability. Plastics can also be compounded with various metals or other materials to incorporate properties of those materials such as iron for magnetism, carbon fiber for strength and stiffness, nanoparticles to protect against Electrostatic Discharge and more. Some machines employ a liquid resin which is cured by UV light and allows extremely small, detailed objects to be created. Others use powdered metal and high-powered lasers to create solid metal objects, while still others create a ceramic item that can then be fired in a kiln. There are even 3D printers that create items from chocolate: The material possibilities are endless!
Do-It-Yourself projects have come a long way thanks to 3D printing, and as 3D printers become even cheaper and more accessible to the average person you’ll see more and more people turning to Do-It-Yourself projects to save a buck and to help to reduce waste. But if you don’t have a 3D printer and need parts for a project like this Access 3D Services would be happy to help! Our experts can help you choose the right technology and material for your project and can help take you from an idea in your head to a part in your hand with our 3D printer, 3D scanning, 3D design and Wood CNC services, just visit us at www.access3dservices.com!