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I enjoy designing helpful tools & items for my Workshop. It is as much a hobby as it is a project for me. Therefore, if an item is something designed for my own person workshop (or a friends workshop)… I will probably Categorize it as a ‘Workshop’ item along with some other category such as ‘Brainstorming’ or ‘Concept’, etc. This will be a great category to look back at if I have a free day to work on something in the workshop and wish to see what items I have thought up over the past weeks or months… I probably will have a lot of unfinished ‘WORKSHOP CONCEPT’ items :-)

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Old and New Versions of 3D Printed Pipe Drilling Guide

I am using SolidWorks CAD Software to draw New Parts, as well as re-drawing many of my Old Parts, so that these new designs can be 3D-Printed with an amazing new type of 3D-printer which creates stronger 3D-Printed items …

On the Side are Recent Posts I have made detailing 3D-Printed Projects >>

3D-Printed Ring to Create a Pipe Hole Drilling Guide

The advantage of creating your own 3D-Printed Tools & Parts is you are NOT subjected to the limitations of Off-the-Shelf parts

Want a special tool for your Workshop? – 3D Print it!  

Need a Custom Fixture for Assembling items? – 3D Print it!

Sometimes the simplest items are the most helpful …

3D-Printed Open/Close Knob for Hydraulic Bottle Jack

TOOL & EQUIPMENT DESIGN

We design items based off of the equipment available to produce those items.

In the past humans used wood, then brass, bronze, iron, steel, aluminum …

Different material’s abilities provided new design options; yet, each new material required new fabrication methods & equipment to create parts.

Wood & Metal Vintage Machinery on a Friend’s Family Farm

Metals are strong; however, machining is expensive due to the many different fabrication processes & experience needed to create parts for equipment.

Vintage Metalworking Lathe

Carbon-Fiber parts are lightweight & strong, but required custom made molds & chemicals of which the fumes limit fabrication locations.

Carbon-Fiber Vacuum Forming

In addition, plastic injection molded parts can be made inexpensive only by making hundreds, or thousands, of the same exact part; yet, if a change has to be made it costs thousands of dollars (and may take weeks) to re-machine a new injection mold out of metal.

Plastic Injection Mold Machined out of Metal

The brilliance of 3D-Printing (Additives Manufacturing) is that just about anything one can draw into CAD software can be 3D-Printed into that shape.

Borax and Honey Ant Bait Box Created with 3D Printer

Injection Molded parts require draft angles to get parts out of the mold; however, 3D-Printed parts can be whatever shape you need to create the best part possible for your project.

In other words – You Design your parts for their use, not by what methods you have available to fabricate the parts … Draw the specific part shape you need and then press the 3D-Printer’s  START button.

3D-Printed Parts Can be Carbon-Fiber Reinforced ( Strong & Lightweight )

Need to Change/Update a 3D-Printed Part’s Design?
No worries, just change the design anytime you wish and send the new file to the 3D-Printer.  Within seconds you are making a new updated part.
( No financial punishment for creative design updates )

3D-Printed Design to Hold a Cooling Sensor & Frozen Gel Packs

3D-Printed Hard-Hat Cooling Mount

Finished 3D Printed Part Created for a Las Vegas Collaboration Project

MARKFORGED 3D-PRINTERS

Markforged Stronger 3DP Materials provide more design options…

Markforged launched the first and only 3D desktop and industrial line of printers that smartly embed continuous fiber to created a printed composite part and they introduced a breakthrough method of printing same-day real metal.

Markforged 3D printed parts are much stronger, stiffer and more impact resistant than parts from any other 3D printer.

https://markforged.com/why-markforged/

Composite 3D-Printer Created by Markforged

ONYX and NYLON parts starts with a base plastic filament extruded from the Markforged 3D-Printers first print head.
Parts made of plastics alone have excellent engineered properties such as toughness, stiffness, stability and strength over other plastic printers.

FIBER MATERIALS – Reinforce with continuous fiber for amazing properties through our second print head.
You have a choice of four fiber materials for tremendous boosts in strength, toughness and other properties for the most advanced uses any 3D printer can provide.

https://markforged.com/materials/

Markforged has Many Types of 3D-Printing Materials

3D-PRINTING DESIGNS

I have already posted many examples using metal fasteners (Bolts, Nuts, Screws) in combination with 3D-Printed parts, and have reached the limits of my current 3D-Printer …

3D Printed ARLO Camera Mount

Also, created 3D-Printed shapes to be used patterns for metal casting …

3D Printed Metal Casting Patterns

Unfortunately, I have reached the size & strength limits of my current 3D-Printer and wish to be able to design for stronger 3D printed materials …

ARLO 3D Printed Camera Mount Parts Printed on the AFINIA 3D Printer

MARKFORGED DESIGNS

The goal of my – Designed for Markforged – posts are to create items specifically designed to take advantage of stronger Markforged 3DP materials and the larger 3D-printing platform dimensions.

( Click on images to see a Larger View )

Pipe Hole Drilling Guide SolidWorks CAD Rendering

The equipment and parts one buys online, or in a store, have been designed for general use so as many people as possible can use those items.

Many individuals and businesses cannot use off-the-shelf parts and have to design and fabricate custom made items…

Hydraulic Drilling Reaction Arm

Remote Access Drilling & Foundation Stabilization Equipment

Several years ago I starting working with Bill create ‘remote access’ drilling equipment for Helical Piers & Micro-Piles for foundation stabilization …

Pipes Slide Through Cutoff Guides to Mark Cut Line Location

Every location has different needs so we end up designing & fabricating custom items for different situations …  Some items are for physical work and others are used as guides and/or measuring & alignment.

Not all Locations have this much room around the Pipe

Sometimes holes have to be accurately drilled into pipes in remote locations and/or pipes have to be cut off shorter and the hole re-drilled to match the hydraulic drilling unit’s mounting holes.

Large Diameter Step Drill Bits for Thick Metal

Inside my workshop, it is very easy to cut off the pipe and then re-drill the mounting holes in the correct location, but on the job-site it becomes much harder for workers to do it quickly & accurate with a hand-held drill.

Guide for Drilling 1/4″ Pilot Holes for a final 7/8′ Hole-Saw Cut

There are different types of drilling equipment and each one has a different purpose and method of use … Many times we have to create special tools due to the tight working conditions in remote access areas.

As an example, sometimes there isn’t enough room to use a long spike to line up holes, so I made a short hand-held spike on the suggestion of a worker.

Hole Alignment Spike

View Showing How the Shorter Hole Guide-Spike is held close

It is amazing how much time a simple tool can save on a job, and how much time can be wasted when a process is done inaccurately with the wrong tool.

I use 3D-Printing almost daily to create fixtures for projects in my shop …

3D Printed Band-Saw Fixture

View of 3DP Saw Fixture holding the Rod after 9 Degree Angled Cuts

3D-Printed designs are much easier to create because what you draw can be printed by just pressing the START button and come back later to have a finished part … I’ll go to bed after starting a 3D-Print ~ wake up, and it is done.

SolidWorks Concept Designs for the Old & New Versions

Previously machined a drilling guide out of metal, and it worked great, but keeping track of it seems to be the biggest issue… Also with many job-sites we need a drilling guide in each vehicle so one it is available when needed.

I would show a photo of the original metal drilling guide, but that is part of the problem, we need more than one, because I have no idea where to find it?

Now I can easily 3D-Print several more Drilling/Measuring Guides and don’t have to spend the time machining them, and while they are 3D-Printing I can work on other projects … It is like getting two things done at once.

SolidWorks CAD Software – Transparent View

I decided to make several 3D Printed versions using a combination of Nuts, Bolts, Aluminum flatbar, and 3D-Printed parts …

Design works great, but wanted to make it even simpler so that anyone can push the START button on the 3D-Printer … and then press in a few 1/4″ nuts that can be found at any hardware store in any location where a job is taking place.

Teaching people to start a 3D-Printer is about like starting a Paper printer.

Top View of the Old & New Version

Re-designed the new Drilling & Measuring Guide to be 3D-Printed as one piece and the nuts would press into the 3D-Printed part.

Testing fit up of the 3D-Printed Part with Pipe Curve

For this post, I used SolidWorks CAD Software to cut out a small piece of the design and 3D-Print it as a test items for some of the features …

Would anyone else be able to use this 3D-Printed Drilling & Measuring guide?

Probably Not… but that is the great thing about 3D-Printed items, I don’t have to worry what OTHER people want; instead, I only have to design parts and tools that I need for my projects/business.

Decided to cut out a Section to Test Fit Dimensions

The features added to this 3D-Printed guide are:
– Drilled-out 1/4″ Nuts to align the 1/4″ drill bit for pilot holes in pipe
– Threaded 1/4″ Nuts to allow 1/4″ bolts to tighten guide in place on pipe
– Grooved areas that will hold paint to help locate drilling guide holes
– 3D-Printed 7/8″ Guide holes to check to make sure drilled hole are correct
– Cut guide so Top of pipe will fit into drill and holes will match up
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I’m Still Amazed How Accurate 3D-Printed Parts can be Created

If anyone has concerns about the accuracy of 3D-Printed parts you can view the image above – Very Accurate!!

No.6-32 Threads Tapped into 3D-Printed Material

Threads can be tapped in 3D-Printed items, just that same as parts made from other materials … and 3DP holes sizes can be the same as Tap Drill sizes.

Tapping Threads and Pressing Hex Nuts into 3DP Test Part

By testing Hex Hole sizes, you can create a press in fit whereby the nuts do not fall out and can be hidden inside the 3D-Printed part; yet, still allowing the bolt or screw to be tightened from the outside.

Try machining Hex holes inside a round object on a Milling Machine – Not!!

But it’s simple to add Hex holes or shapes to 3D-Printed items … EASY!!

Combining Metal Nuts, Bolts, and Screws with 3D-Printed Parts

Another feature I like to add to my 3D-Printed tools is Paint Grooves …

Testing Blue Paint in the 3D-Printed Grooves

By drawing grooves ( or lettering ) in my 3DP parts, when the paint wears off of the outer surfaces, the paint stays in the grooves showing off lettering or guide lines on the parts …

Sanding the extra Blue paint off with a Sandpaper Sponge

Usually I would paint the entire side and let it wear off on its own, but for this test, I put the paint on with a toothpick then (after drying) sanded the paint off the outer surface.

Used the blue paint I had in the shop, but would probably use a Bright Yellow or Florescent Green on the actual Drilling & Measuring Guide.

Before and After – Blue Grooves

My AFINIA 3D-Printer does not have the ability to print the Drilling/Measuring Guide’s body as one part, so I used two smaller 3D-Printed parts.

With the Markforged 3D-Printer it can be created as one 3DP part.

SolidWorks CAD Software Rendering

I’m sure we will change the design many times as workers suggest new features they would like added to the Drilling & Measuring Guide …

But no worries, unlike having to create a new metal-casting mold, or machine a new part … I’ll just add new features to the SolidWorks CAD design and then just press the PRINT button on the Markforged Printer.

Markforged 3D-Printers

Markforged also has Metal 3D-Printing Technology!! 

https://markforged.com

Markforged Metal 3D-Printer

That’s all for now … More (3DP) 3D-Printed Designs to Come later …

Click Image to View SolidWorks CAD Files and 3D-Printing .STL Files

If you are interested in designing something you feel could be printed out of strong material on a Markforged 3D-Printer, please send me a note.

We can discuss your idea and draw a SolidWorks CAD design … and see how your idea will look as a Photo-Realistic CAD rendering of the 3DP item.

CAD Rendering of 3D-Printed Submarine Toy with GoPro Inside it

Why am I offering to draw CAD items for people to try on Markforged?

Because they are on the correct track by producing 3D-Printers that print materials which can be used in real-world manufacturing & repair shop settings.

Request a Demo on the Markforged Website

WELL DONE MARKFORGED!!

… CHEERS!!   Charles Marlin ( @MetalDesigner )

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3D Printed Turret Vise/Fixture

Combining Metal Parts with 3D-Printed Parts

SolidWorks Concept Rendering of 3D-Printed Turret Vise

For years I have been combining 3D-Printed parts with Metal Fasteners :
Nuts, bolts, screws, washers, threaded rod, rivets, etc …

3D-Printed ‘Soft-Touch’ Vise for Clamping Delicate Parts

Recently I had the need for a Vise/Fixture with a very soft-touch to clamp delicate parts – and my metal vises were too strong – so decided to 3D-Print a ‘softer’ clamping fixture with Jaws on 2 sides.

GrabCAD Files ~ 3D Printed ‘Soft-Touch’ Vise/Fixture

3D-Printed Dovetail & Threaded Rod/Nut Connection

Actually, could have made it much simpler out of larger 3DP parts and not needed all the connections … but the point was to show Metal-to-3DP part connections, so I worked them into the design.

So please don’t waste your time 3D-Printing this fixture, because I’m only sharing it as a teaching CAD example to show Metal-to-3DP connections.

Vise will be used as a Robotic Fixture connected to Servos

This 2-Jaw Vise is actually a fixture I use for a very specific purpose, and it will not be strong enough for most purposes when used as a table vise.

I am connecting servos to it and wanted to make sure it could not clamp hard enough to crush my fingers without bending first – Hurts but doesn’t crush. 🤣

( Click on any of the images to see a Larger View )

Metal Parts Combined with 3D-Printed Parts

In addition, I like to design projects whereby parts from initial simple projects can later be used in more advanced project assemblies.

Two Vise Options that Use Many of the Same 3D-Printed Parts

Just for fun, I decided to design two Multi-Jaw Fixtures whereby many of the parts from the ‘Soft-Touch’ 2-Jaw can be used to create another rotating 5-Jaw Turret Fixture that could be mounted on my workshop table.

Top-View of a 3DP 5-Jaw Clamping Fixture Design Concept

I’m not going to 3D-Print the 5-Jaw Version because ( as designed ) it would not be strong enough for most uses, but it was fun to show how many little 3DP parts can designed to fit together using Metal-to-3DP part connections.

SolidWorks Design for a 2-Jaw 3D Printed Vise

Reusable 3DP parts are great way for individuals (new to 3D-Printing) to build confidence by printing just a few parts to make an initial project  … then later, they can use many of those early parts to build future projects.

SolidWorks CAD Concept for a 3D Printed 5-Jaw Turret Vise

If you would like to view additional projects I created using 3D-Printed parts combined with metal items – The Links are Shown below :

3D-Printed iPhone Tripod Mount

3D-Printed an iPhone Mount for the 3D-Printed Tripod Mount

Many smaller parts fit on the platform for 3D-Printing at the same time …

3D-Printing Software Predicts the Filament needed & Time to Print

Workshop Video Camera Mount

Upper and Lower 3D-Printed Parts with the Old Aluminum Curtain Rods

I had a lot of fun testing different mounting solutions using 3DP parts …

3D-Printed Camera Angle Adjustment Ball

SolidWorks CAD Files & 3D-Printing .STL files are on GrabCAD

GrabCAD Files ~ iPhone 3D-Printed Mount

GrabCAD Files ~ Workshop Camera Mount

Transparent View Showing How the Ball is Held in Place with Hex Nut/Bolt

Combining Metal with Other Materials

For decades, designers have combined together ‘dissimilar materials’using the materials they had available – to create objects for specific purposes.

Old Farm Machinery Combined Wood with Metal Parts

Years ago, while visiting a friend’s family farm, I noticed how vintage machinery was created using a combination of forged iron parts and wood.

Wood & Metal Vintage Machinery on a Friend’s Family Farm

This gave me the idea of using softer 3D-Printed materials combined with stronger metal fasteners & parts to create very durable items.

Carbon-Fiber 3D-Printed Speaker Box

SolidWorks CAD Concept for a 3D-Printed Carbon-Fiber Speaker Housing

Even if the 3D-Printing technology isn’t available yet for 3D-Printers to make items the size – and out of the materials wished for – I still continue to design items, preparing for future 3DP fabrication methods.

3D Printed Clone Part Designs

Section-View of 3D-Printed Vise connected with Metal Screws & Nuts

Learn By Reverse-Engineering 3D-Printed Assemblies

Instead of writing out in detail how I design each 3DP-to-Metal connection, decided to provide the CAD files for the 3D-Printed Vises on GrabCAD :

GrabCAD Files ~ 3D Printed Turret Vise/Fixture

Section-View of a 3D Printed Part with Threaded Metal Fasteners

You can download the SolidWorks CAD files, and/or .STL files, and review the parts to see the sizes & shapes I used to create 3DP-to-Metal Connections.

Transparent-View showing Straight and Angled Fastener Nut Slots

Specifically made the designs using many different 3DP connection methods.

Split-View of the the Slide Portion of the 2-Jaw Vise

In addition -Uploaded a 3DP Test Block to GrabCAD that you can print out to get the feel of the ‘fit-up’ dimensions used for many of my 3DP Projects :

GrabCAD Files ~ 3D Printed Fastener Test Block

.STL Files for the 3DP Hole Size ‘Test Block’ are on GrabCAD

The Test Block has all the different connections I use in my 3DP projects.

Printing the Metal-Fastener ‘Test Block’ on my AFINIA 3D Printer

Since I live in the United States, I used No.6-32 TPI screws and 1/4″-20 TPI threaded fasteners as the examples in the Test Block; however, the 3DP connection methods will work on all sizes, metric, etc.

Horizontal Vs. Vertical 3D-Printing of Fastener Part Holes

It does make a difference how you place items in your 3D-Printing software to print … Possibly in a future post I will go into greater detail … but if you want to see it for yourself just print the Test Block sitting vertical vs. horizontal on your 3D-Printer’s platform.  ( As shown in above image )

There are 2 Holes in the Test Block the Correct Size for Tapping Threads

You can also tap threads directly into your 3D-Printed parts, so I added 2 holes in the Test Block that are the correct size for tapping No.6-32TPI screws & 1/4″-20TPI threaded fasteners. ( Also the taper for flathead screws )

I Tap Threads directly into Many of my 3D-Printed Metal Casting Patterns

Dovetail joints are a great way to connect 3DP Parts ~ I used a few dovetail connections on the 2-Jaw 3D-Printed vise design.

Also used dovetail joint connections on a project for my friend Keith –

3D-Printed Metal Casting Pattern Created with Notched Connections

Video by Keith Rucker ( Vintage Machinery Museum ) using one of my notched & threaded 3D-Printed Patterns – You can click on the image below if you wish to view the YouTube Video.

Video Link for a 3DP Project I worked on with Keith Rucker

The Same 3DP Parts Used for Multiple Projects

Was talking with Brook (Founder/CEO of Printrbot) who has lots of cool ideas … and we discussed designing some projects whereby each 3DP project builds upon future projects … 3DP .STL part files work on many projects.

It’s about time to upgrade to a Printrbot with a large print platform!! 😜

Click Image to View Info about Printrbot 3D-Printers

For this project used the AFINIA 3D-Printer I have had for many years …

3D-Printing a Vise Part on the AFINIA 3D Printer

I’ve had a Multi-3DP .STL File Project Build concept for awhile, and have wanted to expand it so that when individuals, families, schools, and organizations buy a 3D-Printer they have numerous .STL file project options.

… So they aren’t just printing Yoda Heads* and Fidget Spinners 😜
( *Personal Note ~ Yoda head is VERY cool to print )

Vise Created with 3D-Printed Parts and Metal Threaded Fasteners

The goal is to have thousands of 3DP .STL file options to 3D-Print projects & experiments, whereby many of the 3DP parts already printed will work as parts in other future projects.

While the 3D Printed 2-Jaw Vise/Fixture does have many parts that can be used to make the 5-Jaw Turret Vise/Fixture – I would like future creative & scientific projects to have even more interchangeable parts.

Testing the 3DP 2-Jaw Vise on my Workshop Table

These 3DP Vise/Fixture designs are just examples to show the many different ways to connect 3D-Printed parts with metal items.

3D-Printed Vise Section Side-View Showing Threaded Metal Parts

Made this fixture to hold delicate items that I do not want to crush; thus, this design might not be strong enough as a table vise, and would suggest you create your own 3DP vise design that may work better for your projects.

SolidWorks CAD files and 3D-Printing Files Uploaded to GrabCAD

Hopefully the Metal Fastener Connection information will help. 😀

… CHEERS!!!      Charles Marlin (@MetalDesigner)

 

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3D Printed Household Items

An alternate name for this Post could be:  🙂
Why Your Parents ( or Spouse) Should Let You Buy a 3D Printer

The ABS & PLA Filament 3D-Printer I have for Household Projects

Most of the projects presented on this site are 3DP or Workshop related …

bluDRO Electronics Box 3D-Printed for a Friend’s Project

For example, these photos are from a collaboration with Al to make a 3D Printed box for his blu-DRO Controller which allows individuals to use their Android Tablet as a Digital Readout on their Milling Machine or Metal Lathe.

3D-Printed Bluetooth DRO Mounts

bluDRO Control Box for Milling Machine Digital Readout

3D Printed Household Items

For this post, I would like to show 3D-Printed Household items which I made on my own personal 3D printer as inspiration for others as to what YOU can make at home with a 3D-Printer.

Each item will have a link for more info and/or CAD & .STL files 🙂

ARLO Wireless Security Camera Mount

ARLO Security Camera 3D Printed Mount

Made this 3D Printed ceiling mount for a 100% wire-free, weatherproof, HD ARLO Security Camera that allows me to easily remove the camera to change the batteries every few months.

Even when the bottom screw is loosened the camera stays in place on the 3DP mount due to the camera’s back magnet still touching the mount’s back bolt, allowing me to grip it securely while standing on a ladder.

When I put the camera back on the 3DP mount after changing the batteries, it magnetically clicks in place between the sides holding the camera secure.  This allows me to release my hold on it so I can tighten the lower mounting screw.

Transparent CAD View Showing How the ARLO Camera is Mounted

Link to a New ARLO Mount I made with Pivoting Base 🙂

ARLO 3D Printed Camera Mount Parts Printed on the AFINIA 3D Printer

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Not everything created for the household is a complicated 3DP design as shown with these simple 3D Printed Cord Wraps that use Elastic Hair Ties …

3D-Printed Cord Wraps

3D Printed Cord Wraps Made with Hair Ties

It is very common to end up with only a few wraps of filament on a spool, not enough to make the next print, but too much to waste…  So I decided to make a few designs for items I could print when I was at the end of a roll.

Even did a Filament Weight Test to know exactly how much I could print.

Only Had 17 Wraps of Filament Left on the Spool

I use these ‘Hair Tie’ Cord Wraps on so many items that I am constantly having to print more … sometimes even when I am not at the end of a spool.

Close-Up of the 3D Printed Tab Used as Part of the Hair Tie Wraps

Spend so much time designing SolidWorks CAD items on the computer that, many years ago, I built a Computer Stand with a swing over monitor and switched my office to a LazyBoy chair ~ It is an incredibly comfortable work space!

LazyBoy Chair SolidWorks CAD Work Area

I set items I am measuring on top of the Computer Stand, so wanted to keep it clean and needed a good place to store my headphones within easy reach.

Used the Side Supporting All-Thread as a Place to Hang My HeadPhones

The logical solution was to use the all-thread side supports on my computer stand and design a hanger for the headphones to keep them out of the way.
( They don’t affect the Hard-drive *wink* )

3D Printed Hanger for Headphones on Side of Computer

When adding the photo above, I noticed the little 3D printed ring I made for my iPhone’s neck strap that keeps my clumsy hands from dropping my phone.

The strap ring is a good example how small of parts can be 3D-Printed 🙂

Small Ring Used to Secure the Strap on my iPhone

ANTS … ANTS … and More ANTS!!!

Sometimes the 3D Printer can make items very quickly that are needed in unusual shapes which would be hard to make any other way …

Like many homes we had a mini-ant summer invasion … and by mini I mean the size of the ants … the invasion was massive … Ants everywhere so we needed a solution quickly … Called the exterminator but they would not guarantee they could get rid of mini-ants … So had to come up with a solution of our own.

Borax and Honey Ant Bait Box Created with 3D Printer

The solution was using a Borax & Honey Ant bait mixture that the ants would take back to their nest and kill future ants from coming into the house.

Also needed a way to lure the ants to the bait without pets getting to the honey … Something low-profile that could be placed in areas pets can not reach.

Ant Borax & Honey Bait Pyramid created with SolidWorks CAD

It only took about 15 minutes to draw up this ANT BAIT PYRAMID in SolidWorks CAD Software and 3D Print several for around the house.
.STL 3DP files can be found on GrabCAD:
https://grabcad.com/library/ant-bait-pyramid-3d-printed-1

Within 24 hours we did not see another ant for the rest of the year, and each early summer we get the same Ant invasion; however, every year it is gone within 24 hours using these Ant Bait Boxes.

Video of Ants on the Borax & Honey Bait Box:
https://youtu.be/TkAyW4mN60o

YouTube Video Showing the Ants Attracted to the Honey in 3DP Bait Pyramid

Turtlebutt the Amazing Adopted Desert Tortoise

We have a Desert Tortoise who is part of the Nevada Tortoise Adoption Program whereby Desert Tortoises that are injured, or born in captivity, must be hosted by volunteers in their backyards.

Turtlebutt is a good sort, he never bites people, very friendly, eats better organic food than we do … and most of all he likes to motor around the backyard somewhat like a bulldozer on legs.

Turtlebutt Giving the Eyeball Look with Food Stuck to his Face

He has grown considerably over the years causing an issue with the Patio bench he likes to walk under … He is a straight-line walking kind of guy, so we had to come up with a solution to raise the bench out of his way so he didn’t keep dragging it across the patio … even though seemed to enjoy moving it each day.

Link to Story:  3D-Printed Bench Leg Extensions

3D Printed Bench Leg Extensions for ‘Turtlebutt’ the Tortoise

SIMPLE HOUSEHOLD PROJECTS …

I mention a lot that it is the simple things that make a 3D printer helpful …

We had a Window Cleaning Squeegee and the perfect place to hang it in the kitchen pantry but didn’t have the perfect hanger.

Once again … The Solution was to 3D Print a Hanger 🙂

3D Printed Squeegee Hanger

3D Printed Hanger for Window Squeegee in Kitchen Pantry

All the items kept falling over in the racks below the Kitchen sink …

Under Kitchen Sink Rubber Band Hooks

3D Printed Elastic Band Hooks for Under Kitchen Sink

Occasionally it is nice to be able to hang items like swimsuits outside to dry, so 3D Printed Laundry Clip-On Hooks that fit on the back of the outdoor patio furniture, as-well-as on a Fold-Out Laundry Rack.

3DP Laundry Hooks for Hanging Extra Items on Drying Rack

Ya Gotta have Swizzle Sticks for New Years Eve!!!

.STL Files for Swizzle Stick can be found on GrabCAD:
https://grabcad.com/library/2016-2017-swizzle-sticks-3d-printed-1

Happy New Year 3D Printed Swizzle Stick

We have an elderly cat that came to live with us many years ago when she was 10 years old … and now at 18 she likes to sleep on my lap when I work on SolidWorks CAD drawings in my LazyBoy Computer Chair.

There was no place to put my keyboard without disturbing her sleep, so quickly 3D-Printed a keyboard mount that connected to my monitor and now Rosie-Cat gets to sleep whenever she wishes.

Keyboard Monitor Mount So Cat May Sleep on My Lap While Working

Last summer some friends invited me to a 4th of July event ~ I sent mini SG Gibson guitar models as a thank you since they are fans of Gibson Guitars.

I wanted a custom mini-stand, so designed & 3D Printed this version …

Mini Gibson SG Guitar Stand

3D-Printed Mini-Guitar Stand for a Model SG Gibson Guitar

Lots of Uses for a Household 3D-Printer!!

3D-Printing 4 More Rubber Band Hooks for Under the Kitchen Sink Drawer

I was intimidated the first time I used my 3D-Printer; however, now it is just another tool to make things … and the best part is once you press the start button you can walk away and work on other items (or go to bed) and come back later and the 3D Printed item is finished.  Yay!! 🙂

3D-Printers may seem like they take a long time to print items, but if you are doing something else during that time the 3D-Printer is making your part, then really it is like getting 2 items done at the same time.

I Enjoy Helping Others with their Just-for-Fun 3D Printing Designs

If you get a new 3D-Printer and find yourself stuck on how to draw a household solution … Drop me a comment on here, or @MetalDesigner on Twitter, and we can see what we can come up with for a solution just for the fun of it.

CHEERS!!    Charles Marlin ( @MetalDesigner )

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3D Printed Band-Saw Fixture

My 3D-Printer is making me Lazy ( and I Love it )

Steel Channel Workshop Press

One can assume there are many ways to make angled steel washers, and probably even more places to buy several.

However, it was 10pm at night and I needed 32 Angled Washers in the morning and a way of making them.

As usual I looked to the 3D-Printer for a quick & easy solution.

Washers Angled on One Side and Flat on the Other

Luckily, years earlier, I didn’t listen to warnings from naysayers that said ABS filament 3D-Printers were just toys and could not make usable parts… because my workshop is full of ‘usable’ 3D printed parts.

Sometimes the simple items are the most helpful …

Post about: 3D-Printed MT-3 ABS Inserts

.STL files for 3D Printing items can be found on GrabCAD.com

3D-Printed MT-3 Shelf Inserts CAD Files

3D Printed Shelf Inserts for MT-3 Tooling

 

3D-Printed Knob to Open/Close Hydraulic Bottle Jack Valve

3D-Printed Open/Close Knob for Hydraulic Bottle Jack

 

3D Printed Hole Measurement Inserts

3D-Printed Threaded Measuring Inserts

 

3D Printed Drill Bit Holder

3D-Printed Drill Bit Holder for the Side of the Drill Press

 

Tabletop Drill Bit Stand

3D-Printed Tabletop Drill Bit Holder

 

Pipe Curve Scribe Guide

3D-Printed Pipe Curve Scribe Guide

 

3D-Printed Angle Washer Band-Saw Fixture

3D-Printed Band Saw Fixture for Cutting Angled Washers

 

Long story short – I designed a fixture to fit inside the clamp on my metal band-saw to cut angled washers.

3D Printing the two parts for the Band-saw Fixture

In the morning, my plan was to bolt together a project made from steel Channel with inner sides that have an approximate 9 degree angle.

Angle Washers on Channel Bolts

When cutting several holes in the sides of the channel I ended up with a few ready-made angled washer plugs and bored them out with the metal lathe to fit 3/8″ bolts … However, I needed a lot more angled washers.

Angled Slugs Create when Cutting 1″ holes with a Hole Saw

Looking at the Hole-Saw slugs gave me the idea of creating more angled washers.

Boring 3/8″ Holes in the 3/4″ Rod on Metal Lathe

I used 3/4″ mild steel rod and bored 3/8″ holes in each end of the rod …

3D Printed Angle Cutting Fixture and 3/4″ Metal Rod on Band Saw

The plan was to cut angled (9 degree) cuts on each end and then cut another set of straight cuts on each end to create washers …

Metal Rod in 3D Printed Band Saw Fixture

Was not sure if the 3D Printed ABS would hold the rod tight enough in the band saw’s clamp, so I put some vise-grip pliers on the other end of the rod to keep it from spinning …

Overhead View of the Band Saw Cutting the Angled Washer

The 3D Printed ABS split fixture more than held the rod tight enough …

Angled Washer after it was cut off Rod

Every cut creates an Angled Washer from the 3/4″ round stock …

Overhead View of the Band Saw Ready to make the Straight Cut

Outer edge starts out straight … then the first cut creates the 9 degree side of the angled washer … then rod flipped around …

Band Saw Cutting the Straight Cut Side of Washer

After both ends are cut angled, then the 3D Printed fixture is removed for the straight cuts.  Many Washers can be made switching back and forth from Straight to Angled Cuts

Switching back and forth from Straight to Angled Cuts

Process continued until I had enough angled washers to complete my project.

Another View of the Fixture holding the Rod after the Angled Cuts

It worked great!!

Once again ~ Sometimes the simple items are the most helpful.

Finished Angled Washers for Bolting items to the Channel

While I felt a bit lazy starting a 3D-Print and then going to bed to wake up the next morning with a finished part – I am quickly getting over the guilt. 😉

BTW ~ The reason the Workshop Press looks so unusual is because the parts store together as a Press, however, it can transform into 3 additional workshop tools … Sheet Metal bending Press Brake, a Pipe Bender, and a Hoist.

CHEERS!! . . . CHARLES MARLIN ( @MetalDesigner )

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3D Printed Hydraulic Jack Knob

20 Ton Hydraulic Jack with 3D Printed Knobs

This is another ‘simple’ 3DP ( 3D-Printed ) item to make life easier …

Hydraulic Jack 3D Printed (Open/Close) Knobs Project

I am designing a 36 inch long Sheet Metal bending Press Brake for DIY ‘Maker’ workshops and decided to use a Low-Profile Hydraulic Bottle Jack.

Compact Workbench 36 inch Wide Metal Bending Press Brake

Press Brakes are designed based on what material the user wishes to form …

Sheet Metal Thickness Dimensions Used to Figure Out Bending Tonnage

This new workshop sheet metal bending press brake will have an adjustable Vee-Die that will open from 1/2″ to 1.5″ across the V.

Vee-Die Examples Showing the Sheet Metal Bend Radius

A common method of calculating the ‘Air Bend’ Vee-Die distance is using the metal’s thickness multiplied 8 times, or 6 times for a tighter bend radius.

Link for more about Bending Sheet Metal with a Press Brake

If one knows the Vee-Die opening distance and the metal’s thickness then the bending tonnage can be calculated for different widths of metal.
( CINCINNATI  has a great Press Brake Load Calculator Webpage )

CINCINNATI Press Brake Load Calculator Website

First step was to decide on the maximum thickness of metal I will be bending, so I measured the 10 gauge mild steel I had in the shop. ( 0.136″ thick )

While I may bend thicker metal at lengths less than 36″, decided 10 gauge mild steel would be the max thickness bent at 36″ length in a 1.5″ V-Die.

CINCINNATI Press Brake Load Calculator said I would need 17 Tons to bend 36″ of 0.136″ thick mild steel in a 1.5″ V-Die.
http://www.e-ci.com/press-brake-tonnage-load-calculator/

Tonnage Calculations for bending a 36″ length of 14 Gauge (0.075″) Mild Steel

While I may bend 0.136″ thick metal from time to time, 16 gauge and 14 gauge will probably be the metal thicknesses I use the most for full 36″ bends.

BTW ~ CINCINNATI make Amazing metal bending Press Brakes and if I had room in my little shop I would buy one; however, since space is the limiting factor, I am going to make a small worktable size press brake.
( View CINCINNATI’s Press Brake Models )

Torin 20-Ton Stubby Bottle Jack purchased at LOWES

I found a low-profile Hydraulic Jack that fits the metal bending specs given by the Tonnage Calculator, so purchased the TORIN 20-Ton Stubby Bottle Jack online and picked it up later that day at my local LOWES store.

SolidWorks CAD model of the 20-Ton TORIN Low-Profile Bottle Jack

First thing I did was draw the Jack into SolidWorks with adjustable features …

SolidWorks Allows the Bottle Jacks Parts to be Adjustable

Knowing the Jack’s exact lifting dimensions will be helpful in future designs …

Since this Hydraulic Bottle Jack will be used with a metal bending press brake I may need to release the pressure quickly with one hand while supporting the metal with the other hand.

Hydraulic Jack Handle with the Replacement 3DP Open/Close Knobs

Using the handle’ notched end to Open & Close the hydraulic valve may be cumbersome at times; therefore, I needed to come up with a valve solution.

Concept for the Large Hydraulic Bottle Jack Knob

Decided to use SolidWorks to draw up Large & Small versions of knobs to Open and Close the jack’s hydraulic fluid value.

SolidWorks 3D Printed Concepts for a Large & Small Open/Close Knobs

3D-Printed the Knobs with a tight hand press-on fit and they worked great!!

3D-Printed the ‘Quick-Turn’ Knob for the Low-Profile Hydraulic Bottle Jack

I had black filament on the AFINIA 3D Printer so used it, but I will probably use an easier to see ‘brighter color’ in future versions of the Open/Close valve knobs.

Close-Up View of the Finished Large Knob for the Hydraulic Bottle Jack

Once again ~ Sometimes the simplest items are the most helpful 🙂

… CHEERS!!!

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3DP Hard-Hat Cooling Mount

Concept of the 3DP Mount Created with SolidWorks CAD Software

This is why I like SolidWorks CAD Software & 3D-Printing!!!  ( 3DP )

Wanted an unusual shaped mount, so decided to quickly draw & 3D-Print it.

Part 1-of-2 for the Mount that fits inside my Hard-Hat

When visiting job-sites in Las Vegas many require everyone to where a hard hat.

Last year I put some ice packets inside my hard hat to see if I could create a cooling effect to make it more comfortable when visiting job-sites during those hot 110 degree sunny Nevada days.

Ice Packets Being Tested inside a Hard-Hat Purchased from Home Depot

Usually I am just there to get measurements of something I need to design for the project; unfortunately, sometimes it means standing in the hot sun for hours.

The Cooling Test worked, so this year decided to make a permanent mount …

Screen-Capture Showing the AFINIA 3D-Printers Software

Designed a 2-part mount using SolidWorks and 3D-Printed the 2 parts …

Printing Part 2 of 2 of the Hard-Hat 3PD Mount

Nice thing about 3DP is one can draw very complex shapes without having to worry about draft angles which would have to be considered if injection molded.

Just-for-fun I added a mounting area for a temperature sensor inside …

Finished Part 2-of-2 for the Hardhat Mount

Bolted the mount to the hard-hat and everything still is located 3/4″ above my head allowing the cool air to slowly drift down over my head during hot days.

Later I will test different sealed cooling ice packets with a temperature sensor.

Finished 3D-Printed Mount inside Hardhat

Just another fun 3D-Printing (3DP) Project 🙂

… CHEERS!!!  

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Powder Coating Oven 3DP Parts

SolidWorks Rendering of the Powder Coating Oven Electronics Box

Earlier this year I started buying parts to make a Powder Coating Oven.

Controls inside the finished PCO Control Box prior to wiring

Controls inside the finished PCO Control Box prior to wiring

I will try to post images later to help others make their own PCO controller …

Controls Shown in PCO Control Box Prior to Wiring

The goal is to have a Portable Powder Coating Oven (PCO) with removable panels that can be configured into different shapes to allow for powder coating rectangular boxy shaped items as-well-as long thin items by heating the same volume of air with 2 heating elements. ( Total of 5170 watts )

Powder Coating Oven on Wheels allowing to to be moved anywhere in shop

Also a portable (Plug-in) PID Controller for the Powder Coating Oven … with the bonus that the PID Controller can also be used with my Beer Home Brewing Equipment and a future outdoor Meat Smoking Hut 🙂

Portable Powder Coating Oven PID Temperature Control Unit

For this Project my plan was to first draw in all the purchased parts and then start designing the rest of the items using SolidWorks CAD Software.

CLICK HERE to Learn more about Powder Coating

Powder Coating Oven Parts drawn into SolidWorks

Powder Coating Oven Parts drawn into SolidWorks

Attempted to order as many parts as possible off of AMAZON.com

Dayton 1TDV2 High Temperature Blower, 115 Volt, 129 CFM

Dayton 1TDV2 High Temperature Blower, 115 Volt, 129 CFM

As they arrived, I weighed the parts and drew them into SolidWorks …

Measuring a part's weight with a digital scale

Measuring a part’s weight with a digital scale

SolidWorks allows me to make the CAD part’s weight, and center of gravity, the same as the real-world part, so completed Assemblies are the correct weight.

The weight of the actual real-world part matches the SolidWorks CAD part

The weight of the actual real-world part matches the SolidWorks CAD part

SolidWorks also allows users to make Photo-Realistic renderings of the parts for presenting a visual of how real-life item will appear when finished.

SolidWorks Renderings of Parts for the Powder Coating Oven

SolidWorks Renderings of Parts for the Powder Coating Oven

I decided to 3D-Print many of the parts for the Oven’s Control Box …

3D-Printed Side Air Hole Vent Covers for Electronics Box

3D-Printed Side Air Hole Vent Covers for Electronics Box

First designed the Powder Coating Oven’s Electronics box with SolidWorks …

( Click on any image to see a larger view of the photo )

SolidWorks CAD Rendering showing the side Vent Covers

SolidWorks CAD Rendering showing the side Vent Covers

One of the benefits of using a 3D-Printer is designing any shape needed without worry of ‘draft angles’ which are required to make plastic injection parts.

For example, I wanted to be able to switch out different size/models of square shaped PID Controllers & Digital Timers.

Rounds Cutouts in Sheet Metal to Mount Square Controls

Rounds Cutouts in Sheet Metal to Mount Square Controls

So I designed and 3D-Printed a mounting setup which allows ‘square’ controls to go in a ’round’ hole easily drilled with a 2.5″ hole saw using a drill press.

Mounts to put a Square PID Control into a Round Hole

Mounts to put a Square PID Control into a Round Hole

Also designed and drew up some Cord Stop Clamps  ( .STL Files )

3DP Cord Stop Clamps to Keep Cords from Pulling Out of the Control Box

3DP Cord Stop Clamps to Keep Cords from Pulling Out of the Control Box

I like to show lots to dimensions in my drawings to prevent mistakes 🙂

Drawing of the Powder Coating Oven’s Front Control Panel

Tested the 3D-Printed parts, and the purchased parts, within the sheet metal cutouts prior to welding & painting the Electronics Box.

Testing 3D-Printed Parts in the Sheet Metal prior to painting

Testing 3D-Printed Parts in the Sheet Metal prior to painting

The electrical Terminal blocks I bought didn’t work, so I designed some …

Uploaded the 3Dp .STL files to GrabCAD ~ Link:  3Dp Terminal Blocks

SolidWorks Transparent View of the Electrical Connection Terminal Block

SolidWorks Transparent View of the Electrical Connection Terminal Block

Didn’t have 1/8″ thick Copper so found some Aluminum angle in scrap bin …

Drill and Tap Size Dimensions for creating the Terminal metal bar

Drill and Tap Size Dimensions for creating the Terminal metal bar

Drilled and Tapped the Aluminum and then cut it to the correct size …

Tapping Threads in the No.6-32 and No.10-24 Connection Holes

Tapping Threads in the No.6-32 and No.10-24 Connection Holes

3D-Printed one for White wires, and another for Black wires, and the ABS 3D-Printing material acts as an insulator for the 120V electrical connections.

Aluminum or Copper Flatbar sections press into a slot in the ABS Terminal Block

Aluminum or Copper Flatbar sections press into a slot in the ABS Terminal Block

The Cover keeps the screws from falling out even if they become loose …

Different Size Wire Terminal Ring Connections can be used on Terminal Bar

Different Size Wire Terminal Ring Connections can be used on Terminal Bar

I will probably switch out the Aluminum with Copper flatbar when I get some.

3D-Printed ABS material Cover protects the metal area of the connections

3D-Printed ABS material Cover protects the metal area of the connections

A specific feature I wanted for this (PCO) Powder Coating Oven was the ablity to know the cost of the electricity used while Powder Coating parts.

Amp Volt Watt Multi-Meter purchased from AMAZON.com

bayite Amp Volt Watt Multi-Meter purchased from AMAZON.com

The multi-meter comes with a ring which needs to go around the L2 electrical wire to know the Amps being used, so I designed and 3D-Printed a stand.

3D-Printed Amp Meter Ring Stand fits inside Electronics Box

3D-Printed Amp Meter Ring Stand fits inside Electronics Box

Below is a SolidWorks rendering showing the wiring and Amp Ring Stand.

SolidWorks Rendering showing how the L2 White wire fits into Ring Stand

SolidWorks Rendering showing how the L2 White wire fits into Ring Stand

The baylite Multi-Meter shows the Voltage, Current, Power, and Energy.

SolidWorks Rendering of the kWh Meter for Powder Coating Oven electrical cost

SolidWorks Rendering of the kWh Meter for Powder Coating Oven electrical cost

3D-Printed ABS material provides protection from other wiring in the box …

The finished 3D-Printed Amp Meter Ring Stand Mount for Powder Coating Oven

The finished 3D-Printed Amp Meter Ring Stand Mount for Powder Coating Oven

Tested each of the parts prior to mounting the in the electronics box ~ In the photo below I have the baylite meter setup to test 120v amperage; however, the meter is wired to 240V power in the Powder Coating Oven control box.

Testing the kWh Amp Meter unit prior to installing the the Electronics Box

Testing the kWh Amp Meter unit prior to installing the the Electronics Box

In future posts, after fully testing out the Powder Coating Oven, I will show the wiring in SolidWorks, which is easier to view than the real-life wiring because I will be able to hide, or make transparent, other items in the box to show specific wires going to specific items.

SolidWorks Transparent View of Powder Coating Oven Control's Wiring

SolidWorks Transparent View of Powder Coating Oven Control’s Wiring

I have already uploaded many of the CAD parts to GrabCAD.com

https://grabcad.com/charles.metaldesigner/projects

SolidWorks Rendering of Switches used in the Powder Coating Oven designs

SolidWorks Rendering of Switches used in the Powder Coating Oven designs

Tried to keep most of the items as Single part files; yet, still allow the parts to be adjustable, such as allowing switches to be viewed as ON or OFF.

The SolidWorks CAD switch can be set to show it as ON or OFF

The SolidWorks CAD switch can be set to show it as ON or OFF

Made the gap adjustable so the switch fits on other material thicknesses …

Gap of the Switch can be changes to match the thickness of metal

Gap of the Switch can be changes to match the thickness of metal

The LED Readout numbers can also be set for Tutorials & User Manuals …

The AUBER PID Controller keeps the the Oven's temperature consistent

The AUBER PID Controller keeps the the Oven’s temperature consistent

I try to use metal from my scrap metal bin to make equipment for my shop and sometimes the metal is heavier than I would normally use.

For example, the sheet metal for this PCO (Powder Coating Oven) Control box is 0.135″ thick and I would probably normally use 0.075″ thick sheet metal.

Welding the Powder Coating Oven Control Box Sides Together

Welding the Powder Coating Oven Control Box Sides Together

After drilling & cutting all the holes, I welded the Control box sides together …

The finished sheet metal PCO (Powder Coating Oven) Control Box

The finished sheet metal PCO (Powder Coating Oven) Control Box

Since this unit is for my shop I painted the PCO Control box Flat Black …

The PCO Control Box with Bolt-On Top & Back Plates

The PCO Control Box with Bolt-On Top & Back Plates

The Top & Back plates bolt-on to make the inner Controls easier to wire …

Painted the Powder Coating Oven (PCO) Control Box Flat Black

Painted the Powder Coating Oven (PCO) Control Box Flat Black

After the paint cured I started adding the controls & switches …

Installed the the Front LED Lights, Switches, Timer, and PID Controller

Installed the the Front LED Lights, Switches, Timer, and PID Controller

Noticed I was one ON/OFF switch short … They came in a Pack of 5 … *sigh*

Back on AMAZON to order more … For some reason I thought there was 6 🤔

All the Powder Coating Oven electronic parts fit in the box as designed

All the Powder Coating Oven electronic parts fit in the box as designed

After tests realized I didn’t need the Air Cooling fan but added one anyway.

Next Step is to add the 240V Outlets to each side of the PCO Control Box

Next Step is to add the 240V Outlets to each side of the PCO Control Box

Everything on the PCO is powered from outlets & extension cords, because this is a portable Powder Coating Unit that can be taken to different locations.

This Electronics box can also control a Meat Smoker & a Home Brewing system.
(  I wanted a multi-use Control Box for future projects ~ Whoo Hoo!!  )  😜

Front Blue LED lights-Up when the Blower Fan 120V outlet is switched ON.
Front Green LED Lights-Up when Oven Light 120V outlet is switched ON.

Fan Side View of the Powder Coating Oven's Control Box

Fan Side View of the Powder Coating Oven’s Control Box

The Amber Light on the front lets users know 240V power is plugged into the Control box … When dealing with 240 Volts – Safety, Safety, Safety!! ⚡

In addition,  the Amber LEDs on each side of the control box light-up when the Contactor Switch is providing 240V power to the 240V side outlets that are connected to the Powder Coating Oven’s Heating Elements.

Vent Side View of the Powder Coating Oven's Control Box

Vent Side View of the Powder Coating Oven’s Control Box

The White LED Lights-Up when 120V Power is plugged into the Control box.

I’m having ‘Laser Etched’ Metal Labels made up to explain Control functions.

View showing the 120V Outlets for the PCO's Blower Fan & Oven Light

View showing the 120V Outlets for the PCO’s Blower Fan & Oven Light

Additional Views of the Controls for the Powder Coating Oven …

Top-View Powder Coating Oven Control Box

Top-View Powder Coating Oven Control Box

Fan Side-View Powder Coating Oven Control Box

Fan Side-View Powder Coating Oven Control Box

 

Vent Side-View Powder Coating Oven Control Box

Vent Side-View Powder Coating Oven Control Box

 

There is a Switch to Turn ON/OFF the Air Cooling Side Fan

There is a Switch to Turn ON/OFF the Air Cooling Side Fan

 

3D-Printed Side Air Vents fit into 2.5" Holes cut with a Hole Saw

3D-Printed Side Air Vents fit into 2.5″ Holes cut with a Hole Saw

That’s All for Now 😜

Emergency Stop added to the front of the PCO Control Box

Emergency Stop added to the front of the PCO Control Box

I found the eStop button and added it to the PCO Control Box design …

SolidWorks Photo-Realistic CAD Rendering showing the Emergency Stop

SolidWorks Photo-Realistic CAD Rendering showing the Emergency Stop

Made a temporary stand/mount for the PCO Electronics Control Box …

I think PCO Stand/Mount sort of looks like a Robotic Kangaroo Rat

I think PCO Stand/Mount sort of looks like a Robotic Kangaroo Rat

Already has the nickname of ‘Roo-Rat’  😜

Click on image to see a larger view of PCO Controller on Stand/Mount

Click on image to see a larger view of PCO Controller on Stand/Mount

I uploaded my SolidWorks ‘Working CAD Files’ to GrabCAD for anyone that would like to see how I tested the wiring.

The wiring in the model is not complete, but it will show how I wired the Auber PID Temperature Control, as-well-as the Inkbird Timer Control and the Digital Amp/Volt Meter.

GrabCAD Link: https://grabcad.com/library/powder-coating-oven-wiring-1

Prototype Wiring CAD Model Files Uploaded to GrabCAD.com

The Powder Coating Over Controls I used were:

Auber SYL-2342  PID Temperature Control
( SYL-2342 version is for Contactors not SSRs )

INKBIRD IDT-E2RH  Timer

Eaton C25BNF240A  Compact Definite Purpose Contactor

Bayite AC 80-260V LCD  Watt Multimeter Ammeter Voltmeter

AC Infinity AXIAL 8038   Muffin Cooling Fan, 115V AC

Erb44t10010  2,585 watt Heating Elements ( 2 )

If you have any wiring/control Questions send me a comment  🙂

… CHEERS!!!

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