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Old 12-04-2022, 08:11 AM   #1
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3D Printing - anyone doing this

I bought a cheap 3D printer a year ago just to "play with" and I have to say, this is one of the most useful tools I have ever owned. When I purchased it I really didn't think about the applications for using it and how handy it would be. I've had a wood shop most of my adult life and like a lot of tools, you don't know how much you will use it until you have it.

Wonder if there are others out there that have found the same thing and if you care to share some of your print ideas. I have printed everything from bedside remote control holders to gps mount accessories. Right now I am re-doing the wet bay and printing a few items for it to be better organized. A few weeks back I finally replaced the crummy cup holders (won't hold a cup straight because of the odd bottom shape) with 3D printed new ones.
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I bought a PowerSpec (relabeled WanHao) from MicroCenter 5 or 6 years ago. Itís been a pain to work with - but I was able to eek out some parts a few years ago when I was building and modifying a new aboveground pool.

But every time I think of a part to make to improve life in todays world of convenience, I stop because itís just a pain to get the machine to work.

My nephew had similar issues with his (a similar but different version of the WanHao) - he bought a new printer but I donít remember the brand or model.

Would probably help others to state what printer you got as it sounds like youíve had good success.
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I hear you on the struggles. I have an Imate printer from Qidi and the thing is so easy compared to the first printer I bought, an Ender 3 pro. The qidi comes assembled and other than a simple level of the bed, it prints straight out of the box. Unlike the Ender, it will also print ABS, PETG, and of course PLA. Using their slicer, which is easy to learn, you choose the filament, it makes the recommended changes in settings, and away you go.

An example of how easy it is, last night I spent about 20 minutes in Tinkercad drawing up a "box" to house my aqua hot thermostat in the wet bay. Mine had gotten rusted and looked pretty bad. I downloaded the model into Qidi, sliced the model, and when I woke up, the box was waiting on me.
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I've been 3D printing parts for years. A lot of them for another hobby - RC airplanes. The printers have improved quite a lot over the years. I'm on my third printer - a Vivedino Troodon Core XY printer. It's been A LOT more reliable and easier to use than the two previous ones. (They have new Core XY models now. This one is a couple years old.) Filament brand and age matters too, and keeping the filament dry after opening the package. It will absorb moisture (humidity) from the air and become brittle. There are also filament dryers available. I do my own design work too. It's become a third hobby.
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People have uploaded many RV/MH parts and accessories to thingverse. I found an awning cap that's NOS price is like a $100 another member had printed.
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I have a Creality CR 10S and have dabble a little with it. More of a whim when I purchase it. I go to thingivers.com for some of their items and there are a lot. If I knew more about Autocad or was any good at designing I'd most likely spend more time on it.

During COVID's beginning I made mask ear savers a dozen at a time and handed them out, free of course.

Made a few cell phone stands and iPad stands. Like said - dabble.
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I have a Creality CR 10S and have dabble a little with it. More of a whim when I purchase it. I go to thingivers.com for some of their items and there are a lot. If I knew more about Autocad or was any good at designing I'd most likely spend more time on it.

During COVID's beginning I made mask ear savers a dozen at a time and handed them out, free of course.

Made a few cell phone stands and iPad stands. Like said - dabble.
Autocad is a very in depth program and takes a while to learn. You might try Sketchup, it is much easier to learn and a lot of quick video tutorials. I think they still offer a trial version of this.
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It's my non-design quality! I have a difficult time drawing a straight line with a ruler!
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