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3D printed dust collection shroud for shaper

Finished assembled 3d printed shaper dust collection shroud

A woodworking shaper is a high powered wood working tool that is something like an industrial strength router table. A shaper was donated to local makerspace Loveland CreatorSpace for the woodshop that was missing dust collection covers.  Loveland CreatorSpace member Richard designed these dust collection covers, and IT-Works 3D printed them on a LulzBot Mini to last in a busy workshop with 1.5mm shell, 30% infill, and printed in strong, tough, Colorado made Inova-1800 co-polyester.

Yes, that’s glitter in the black Inova, we know a guy ūüėČ

Finished assembled 3d printed shaper dust collection shroud
Finished assembled 3d printed shaper dust collection shroud.
Hose half of 3d printed dust collection shroud. notice the smooth finish and minimal support required
Hose half of 3d printed dust collection shroud. Notice the smooth finish and minimal support required. Look closely- the Mini and Inova made such a nice print that you can see the fine polygons in the curved surfaces!
Inside of hose section
Inside of hose section.
Shroud half mid print. notice strong 1.5mm shell and 30% infill. Color change was done with a simple filament hot swap.  Yes, that's glitter in the black filament :)
Shroud half mid print. notice strong 1.5mm shell and 30% infill. Color change was done with a simple filament hot swap. Yes, that’s glitter in the black filament :)
Finished shaper dust collector shroud 3d print
Finished shaper dust collector shroud 3d print.
Finished assembled 3d printed shaper dust collection shroud
Finished assembled 3d printed shaper dust collection shroud
Hose end of 3d printed shaper dust collector
Hose end of 3d printed shaper dust collector.
Underside of 3d printed dust collector
Underside of 3D printed dust collector.

 

 

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Camping, 3D Print style!!!

I’m often trying to find practical uses for 3D printing, but it wasn’t until I started planning our summer camping trip that I found how useful having a 3D printer could be!

Starting with my favorite print: This is an extension for a kayak paddle.  It is a handle for the paddle, giving something larger to hang on to while out on the water!  Just slip the kayak paddle in and bolt the two parts together around it!

Kayak handle for a kayak paddle!
Kayak handle for a kayak paddle! Just slip the kayak paddle in and bolt the two parts together around it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next up is a chair foot replacement! ¬†You know those folding camping chairs and how sometimes the stupid feet break on them. ¬†I used to just cope with sitting in an unbalanced chair and make jokes about being unbalanced! Now you can just print a replacement foot. ¬†Remove the old hardware from the broken foot,¬†replace with this handy 3D printed foot, and you’re good to go! ¬†They make them for the front feet as well as the back!

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Folding camping chair replacement foot! Just remove the old hardware from your broken chair foot and replace with the new 3D printed one!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This next one is a cool little rope tightener. I apologize for everything being in black, I didn’t really feel like swapping out filament for each print. ūüėČ ‘nGen” filament is made by ColorFabb!

Camping Rope Tightener
Camping Rope Tightener
Camping Rope Tightener
Camping Rope Tightener

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last up is a tent pole cap! Sometimes the peak of the tent needs a little reinforcement or support! This cool little print while made of black¬†nGen could be made of a more flexible filament like NinjaFlex¬†,¬†SemiFlex, or even PCTPE. ¬†NinjaFlex is a flexible filament and a favorite of mine. ¬†The SemiFlex is also flexible like the NinjaFlex, but has some extra firmness. The PCTPE is a flexible and dyeable nylon so you could customize that to your liking. ¬†For what it is worth, nGen comes in a variety of colors as do most of our filaments. ¬†I’ll spare everyone my need to print in pink ABS.. this time! ūüôā

Tent Pole Cap
Tent Pole Cap
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Tent Pole Cap

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Take your best guess!

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This is a customizable prism map of the contiguous United States. Values are represented by the extruded height of each state. (An extruded polygon is a prism.)

You can put your own data points into a customizer to create your own prism map!! We did just that!!  Remembering that we are in Colorado, what do you think this map could represent?!
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Big sale on refurbished LulzBot 3D printers!

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Refurbished LulzBot¬†TAZ 5s as low as $1199, refurbished LulzBot¬†Mini’s on sale for $899!¬†https://itworks3d.com/product-category/3dprinters/

These printers are in good condition, tested, fully operational, and guaranteed by IT-Works for 30 days!

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Adopt a GREAT LulzBot TAZ 5 3D printer for only $1499!

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This week’s featured “adoption” refurbished 3D printer is¬†LulzBot TAZ 5 3D Printer #13670 on sale for only $1499

13670 is the “pick of the litter”, with a beautiful shiny coat, high energy printing capability,¬†the latest V2C toolhead connector, and highly desirable metal cased power supply!

Why are 13670 and siblings so inexpensive? We have a whole pack of them, and need to find them good homes to make room for more.

Seriously though. This printer and several others we have ready to ship are in FANTASTIC shape. We need to move some printers, so you get a great deal. These prices only last until we sell down, so take one home today! Click LulzBot TAZ 5 3D Printer #13670 for more details and pictures.

 

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Barbie Armor and Battle Tardigrade 3D printed

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When I saw the Zheng3 3D printed Barbie armor and Tardigrade models, I knew I had to print them.
Many hours of print time on our LulzBot Mini with Flexystruder, TAZ 5, and TAZ 6, and we had one sweet¬†Barbie Tardigrade! Barbie’s clothing is printed in grass Ninjaflex, and the Tardigrade is printed in black ABS and Pink PLA. ¬†Tip: don’t mix 2 materials as they expand and shrink at different rates and cause the joint fit to be uneven. PLA was a bit too brittle for this as well. nGen or another polyester filament probably would have been ideal, but we had a bunch of PLA and ABS, and pink/black looks cool!
We’ll be displaying them at the Loveland CreatorSpace booth at this weekend’s Denver Mini Maker Faire, stop by and say hi.
Bonus: cameo by famous cosplayer Bindi Smalls

Barbie and her Tardigrade
Barbie and her Tardigrade
Tardigrade 3d print partially assembled
Tardigrade 3d print partially assembled
LulzBot TAZ 6 doing a great job print the unsupported tardigrade body sections in PLA with high overhangs.
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Some of the Barbie sized weapons in the Zhang3 file package.
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LulzBot Mini with Flexystruder printing Barbie’s flexible boots and clothing. We also printed the Tardigrade’s saddle in flexible Ninjaflex
Tardigrade legs and claws
Tardigrade legs and claws
Channel lock pliers was handy inserting the claws.
Channel lock pliers was handy inserting the claws.
Tardigrade body section in ABS
Tardigrade body section in ABS
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Electron microscope image of a tardigrade, courtesy of weebly.com
Famous cosplayer Bindi Smalls stopped by for more cosplay 3D printing hardware and was kind enough to do a photo op with Barbie and her battle tardigrade.
Famous cosplayer Bindi Smalls stopped by for more cosplay 3D printing hardware and was kind enough to do a photo op with Barbie and her battle tardigrade.
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Barbie’s shield is PLA. Yes, that’s a boot knife :)

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