Here is a real world application for a "hobby" 3D printer.
Today I had a one time use for a 1.875" socket to remove a tank fitting. The fitting was in a really hard place to get to and no way of getting a crescent wrench or any other tool. In stead of going to the store and spending $60.00 on a socket, I printed one. Better still, I was able to print the socket tall enough so I could get the wrench on it interfering with other pipes and stuff in the bay.THis was maybe 0.20 cents in plastic and 3 hours of print time, not like I didn't have plenty to keep me busy while I printed
Post your pictures of real world use for your 3D printer here, I would love to see some.!
Last Edit: Oct 1, 2014 14:21:22 GMT -5 by BeeAmaker
Some things are meant to be closed. Your mind isn't one of them.
• A custom sized sleeve for my patio umbrella to keep it from hitting the glass tabletop • Replacement bracket for a dishwasher • Replacement hook for a telephone • Curtain tabs for our pop-up camper • Parts for my twins' birthday present (homemade Matchbox car garage) • Mag-Lite holder for my bicycle • Custom trim for a coworker's project car • Mini traffic cones for accident reconstruction / training • Various parts for my printer (does that count?) • Pressure chamber for some sort of goofy insect toy thing...
That's stuff I've drawn up - lots of other things from Thingiverse that I've run across too.
I remember being a little frustrated at first that all I ever made were knick-knacks, but now it seems like I'm always running across something else that can be fixed / improved with a little printed part.