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What Does a 3D Printer Do?

Whenever I talk about 3D printing people are always really interested, but they always ask “What can a 3D printer do?”

I’ve created this example from start to finish, hope you enjoy it. Maxz 🙂 

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Palmolive

I really hate bending down to get the dishwashing liquid out from the cupboard, it would be really nice to have it just here.

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Measure up

Measuring time!

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123D

Time to hit the cad program, I know 123D is old but it’s a really solid CAD for simple things like this.

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HP Z440

I’ll never get used to the complete silence of my HP workstation!

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Plain Shape

Create a simple box.

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Hollow it out

Hollow it out with Ctrl J

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Mounts

Add some mounting tabs.

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Upload

Send it off to the printer.

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Printing

Now it’s just a wait while the printer lays the plastic down.

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Finished Tray

Here it is! A perfectly sized try to hold the diswashing liquid.

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Finished

A couple of screws and the job is done. Did it take a while? About 15 minutes to design it, the printer did take a while to create it but i was off doing something else. I hope this shows some of the possibilities with 3D printing!