Sharing the following two projects, 3D printing enthusiast Dalibor Pejicic demonstrates how this technology can solve issues in every day life and most certainly will also safe you time and money.
In this article we will present two simple, but very practical 3D printing projects. Our goal is to bring 3D printing technology closer to every-day life. The objects are a pH electrode holder for an aquarium and a garage door wheel. They are small parts which are easy to model and to print too.
On this photo we see a loose pH electrode hanging inside the aquarium. It does not look nice and it can be quite annoying during cleaning time. So, it is time to do something about it.
In this case, the garage door wheel is broken and it is time to replace it with the new one. The garage door is not heavy, so our plastic wheel will be a solid replacement. Also, it will not rust and will run smoother too.
“Measure twice – cut once” is a golden rule. Considering these are not complicated projects, it is easy to get the right measurements. During modeling you can adjust it to your needs. This step is very easy and it will take just a few minutes to do it. We use CADENAS PARTsolutions software for our models.
Our new parts are done. As always, we used MakerBot’s Replicator 2. The pH electrode holder is made a little bit thicker to be stronger and more durable while the wheel exactly resembles the original part. 3D printing went easy and we are ready to try it.
These are close-up photos so you can see how the holder fits nicely to our aquarium. It looks like it was a factory made due to the specific measurements! The pH electrode fits perfectly as well.
The pH electrode was taken out of the aquarium just for the photo shooting. Everything looks nice and tidy now, so the pH electrode holder has got not just practical, but also the visual purpose.
3D printed garage door wheel replaced the broken one and it is running smoothly. After several tests, we came to conclusion the wheel is solid enough and it will last for a long time. Our goal has definitely been achieved.
These were just two simple examples of 3D printed parts to show you how you can use your 3D printer for your own needs. If you want to save your home budget, all you need is a little bit of creativity and the sky is the limit. We hope you enjoyed this article and you can find many other interesting 3D models on PARTcloud web site.