3D-Printed MT-3 ABS Inserts

Using an AFINIA 3D-Printer to Make Workshop Parts

Using an AFINIA 3D-Printer to Make Workshop Parts

I have been working on many 3D-Printing projects over the past few months and decided it is time to start sharing some of the results.

Here is a project I used the AFINIA 3D-Printer on today …

Fabricating Metal Shelves for the Lathe Area

Fabricating Metal Shelves for the Lathe Area

Built some new metal shelves for the Lathe area and needed a way to hold the new Lathe’s (Morse Taper) MT-3 tooling secure.

3D-printed ABS plastic inserts seemed like a solution …

Used SolidWorks CAD Software to Design the MT-3 Inserts

Used SolidWorks CAD Software to Design the MT-3 Inserts

Designed the ABS plastic inserts using SolidWorks CAD Software ~ The inner hole has the same 1.4377 degree taper from center line as the MT-3 Tooling.

Testing the Fit-Up of the Inserts Pressed into the Metal Shelf

Testing the Fit-Up of the Inserts Pressed into the Metal Shelf

The 3D-Printed ABS plastic inserts press into a 1.5″ diameter hole I cut in the sheet metal using a hole-saw on the drill press.

Lathe Tooling in the 3D-Printed MT-3 Holders

Lathe Tooling in the 3D-Printed MT-3 Holders

View Under the Shelf showing of the 3D-Printed ABS Plastic MT-3 Inserts

View Under the Shelf showing of the 3D-Printed ABS Plastic MT-3 Inserts

Once the MT-3 Tooling was secure in the 3D-Printed inserts … Decided to make a ‘quick access’ 3D-Printed ‘Cup Holder’ for the drill chuck key.

3D-Printing the Drill Chuck Key Cup Holder

3D-Printing the Drill Chuck Key Cup Holder

Found some scrap 5/8″ round-stock steel and used the lathe to bore a hole in it the same size as the chuck key handle diameter … Then pressed the chuck key into the round stock creating a comfortable handle chuck key unit.

Close-Up View of the Drill Chuck Key & 3D-Printed Holding Cup

Close-Up View of the Drill Chuck Key & 3D-Printed Holding Cup

Wanted it easy to use the Chuck Key so designed the 3D-Printed ‘Cup Holder’ type design about 1.875″ deep with a loose fitting diameter of 0.700″.

The design options with this AFINIA 3D-Printer seem limitless!!

The best part is while I kept working in the Workshop, the 3D-Printer was making the ABS plastic inserts in the house … Felt like getting twice the work done!!

Finished Metal Shelves in the Lathe Area

Finished Metal Shelves in the Lathe Area

Sometimes the simplest of items can be very helpful.

I will be adding More 3D-Printed items Soon!!

CHEERS …

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