3D Printed Drill Bit Holder

3D-Printed Drill Bit Holder Project

3D-Printed Drill Bit Holder Project

This was a Thanksgiving Day  ‘Just-for-Fun’ 3D-Printing Project …

Screen-Captured image of the SolidWorks CAD Software 3D-Printing Design

Screen-Captured image of the SolidWorks CAD Software 3D-Printing Design

Have been thinking about it for a while, but all of the designs I thought of would probably take about 8 hours to 3D-print … Unfortunately, if anything went wrong during the printing process it would be a complete loss of all the filament.

SolidWorks CAD Rendering of the 3D-Printed 'Press-Together' Bit Holder

SolidWorks CAD Rendering of the 3D-Printed ‘Press-Together’ Bit Holder

The night before Thanksgiving I came up with a design for a ‘press-together’ four piece version of the drill bit holder … Then if any part failed to 3D-Print I would only loose the filament & time of that specific part.

AFINIA 3D-Printing Software Showing the Holder's Back Plate

AFINIA 3D-Printing Software Showing the Holder’s Back Plate

When designing items I can use SolidWorks CAD Software to create a .STL file which is used by my 3D-Printer’s software to create a model to 3D-Print…

There are many options available when choosing how to 3D-Print an object.

Time & Filament Usage Prediction by the AFINIA 3D-Printers Software

Time & Filament Usage Prediction by the AFINIA 3D-Printers Software

AFINIA’s 3D-Printing software also predicts how much ABS or PLA Filament will be used to make the item as-well-as the predicted time to print the item …

Click Here for more information about:  AFINIA 3D-PRINTERS

I have found the AFINIA’s Software’s predictions to be accurate & helpful.

AFINIA 3D-Printer creating the Back Plate of the Drill Bit Holder

AFINIA 3D-Printer creating the Back Plate of the Drill Bit Holder

Used PLA filament already on the 3D printer to create the parts, and all four pieces 3D printed out ‘as designed‘ on the first try …

ABS filament would probably have been a better choice because it is more flexible than PLA filament; however, I only had a little bit of PLA filament left on the roll so decide to use it up.

When done printing, I pressed the parts together to finish the Drill Bit Holder.

Finished 3D-Printed Parts for the 'Press-Together' Drill Bit Holder

Finished 3D-Printed Parts for the ‘Press-Together’ Drill Bit Holder

Designed the holder to fit the 4 existing holes on the side of the Drill Press …

Drill Bit Holder Mounted onto the side of the Drill Press

Drill Bit Holder Mounted onto the side of the Drill Press

Designed the Drill Bit Holder at an angle to allow longer bits to pull out …

Drill Bits are Angled to Allow Long Bits to Easily Pull out of Holder

Drill Bits are Angled to Allow Long Bits to Easily Pull out of Holder

There are 3 layers to the Drill Bit holder … Some layers the holes go all the way through to allow longer bits to go deeper into the holder … Some layers the holes are blocked to allow the shorter bits to rest on the second layer and sit higher in the drill bit holder.

Close-Up View of the 'Press-Together' 3D-Printed Drill Bit Holder

Close-Up View of the ‘Press-Together’ 3D-Printed Drill Bit Holder

Since small drill bits can dull quickly when drilling steel, I designed locations to hold two of each ‘common’ size drill bit … I only put one 1/2″ drill in the holder because I tend to now use step bits to drill out 1/2″ to 3/4″ holes.

Click Here for more information about Step Drill Bits

Top-View Showing the Different Drill Bits in the Holder

Top-View Showing the Different Drill Bits in the Holder

I put the CAD design files & .STL files for 3D-Printing on GrabCAD.com
https://grabcad.com/library/3d-printed-drill-bit-holder-1

Click on the GrabCAD Logo to View the 3D-Printing STL Files for Downloading

Click on the GrabCAD Logo to View the 3D-Printing STL Files for Downloading

~ CHEERS …

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