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Our kitchen chairs were what my Granny would have called, catywompus! The plastic feet inserts broke over the years , but when we thought we would just add new ones, we discovered they were custom to the chair. After much searching online, I found a whole lot of nothing. I decided to save myself the hassle and hand Jamie a chair foot so that he could draw up a design in Tinkercad! A couple of days later he handed me back a 3D printed chair foot, very similar to the one I originally gave him!
It snapped in easy peasy! Jamie printed off enough for the rest of the chairs and ten minutes of install later our chairs were no longer ‘catywompus’. Easiest home improvement/fix up ever!! I am slowly discovering that having a 3D printer comes in quite handy for around the house stuff and making parts that you may otherwise have to have custom-made. That, and it’s just a lot of fun!!
How To: For this project Jamie used a Lulzbot Mini 3D Printer and black ABS filament. At first we considered using a flexible filament called Ninja Flex, but decided against it. I was concerned that with it being flexible and sort of ‘grabby’ for lack of a better description, that it would be difficult to move across the hardwood floors. The ABS is a tough and smoother filament and moved easily on the floor, although in the end I’m not sure if that mattered because I put furniture sliders on top of the chair feet.
If you have broken things around your house or little broken parts that are difficult to come by, you may be able to design a replacement yourself and 3D print it, just as we did these chair feet.
If you are anything like most of us, you probably have a few cords on your desk! A USB or some sort of phone charger, speaker wires, ect.. I had a USB for my phone plugged into the back of my computer and draped up to my desk for the longest time. Every time I unplugged my phone, it would drop back onto the ground. Let me tell you, that got irritating really fast. Although I am a little more flexible for having to move around and contort myself to reach behind my computer! *I dub it USB yoga!*
One day while browsing around on Thingiverse for cool designs, I stumbled across this cord keeper. There were a couple of files with it. One has screw holes so you can mount it to your desk or wherever it is that you put it and one does not. I printed both and settled with the one that didn’t have the screw holes because I didn’t want to leave marks all over the desk should I decide to move it around. I attached it with command adhesive strips so that it could be moved without damaging my desk. However, if this were in a place that you wanted it to stay permanently, the screw holes would be handy!
Lulzbot’s website offers a great learning resource on their website! I was browsing around and stumbled across this great little modification for the TAZ. It’s a knob extender for the knob on the LCD! You can download the files for this HERE. This is great if you have small fingers or like in my case, chubby little fingers. 😉 This would also be great for someone with larger hands that little bitty knobs can be difficult for. It makes the knob on the LCD larger and more easily moveable, yet it doesn’t cover the entire knob. This allows it to still push the button in as normal. It fits snugly and doesn’t seem to rotate or move around on the knob. You could also have a little fun with it and print in various colors, I’m a fan of pink!
Both of these were printed in ABS filament, which is a strong and inexpensive type of filament. You can purchase ABS filament as well as many other types HERE