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    3D Printed Widgets

    Been playing around with a 3D printer. Made a throw lever for my Vortex Strike Eagle, then a cover for an AR-15 lower to protect the trigger mech. Secured via the pivot and takedown pins, and includes an integrated hammer block so that the hammer strikes that, rather than the bolt catch and thin wall of the magwell taking the hit. A bit of refining to do yet.

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    When you go commercial, I'll have 2 of those lower covers! Bloody great idea.
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    Please excuse spelling, as finger speed is sometimes behind brain spped........ Or maybe the other wayy.....

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    What material are you using for the 3D printer?
    Looks really clever mate

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    How much is a 3d printer these days
    this spot for rent

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    Quote Originally Posted by WallyR View Post
    What material are you using for the 3D printer?
    Looks really clever mate
    These are ABS. PLA and ABS are the most common plastics used. I'm my limited experience, PLA is too brittle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FatLabrador View Post
    How much is a 3d printer these days
    How long is a piece of string? Honestly don't know how much they cost, but it would depend on various features. These are printed on a mate's printer in long term loan. Hopefully I can sell a few widgets and get my own printer.

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    Bought a busted Lee 1000 progressive press off @PERRISCICABA a few months back. Some parts were broken, some were missing. Some of the missing parts were the case feeder.

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    Instead of buying the parts for $43 (almost what I paid for the press, dies etc), I thought I'd borrow @Tommy's one and clone the parts. Here's the result - case pusher and upper and lower halves of the case stacker.





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    nice bits!
    how are you 'cloning' the pieces?
    drawing from scratch x refinements?and what drawing pkg?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Awaian View Post
    nice bits!
    how are you 'cloning' the pieces?
    drawing from scratch x refinements?and what drawing pkg?
    Vernier calipers to take measurements, then drawing from scratch in Solidworks. Halfway through building a 3D scanner currently.

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    Print a scanner

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    And then scan the printer. Seriously though, some of the scanner parts will be printed.
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    I want one
    this spot for rent

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    Quote Originally Posted by stretch View Post
    And then scan the printer. Seriously though, some of the scanner parts will be printed.
    WOOOOOOH

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-replicating_machine

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    AK dust cover with integrated Pic rails would be cool too.

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