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Now that's more in my price range. That has to be the cheapest 3d printer I have seen yet.
I would have to do a ton of research before I went and pulled the trigger on one, maybe someday.

Going to stick with learning what I can about drawing in 3D first. Maybe send a few designs out to https://www.shapeways.com/ for printing.

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Interesting link that shows the different types of printing.

I found the first video of a working ball bearing being printed the most interesting.

Lots of different options available when your sending your design out to be printed by someone else.

http://www.denali3ddesign.com/video-guide-to-3d-printing-technologies/

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I would not worry to much about it at this point in time.
How are you going to print circuit boards with all the electronics? Also don't forget software programming.
How about the durability of the parts?
How about gear cases and  clutches
It will be a long while yet.Maybe the future of appliance repair will be: We will have our own 3d printer and make our own parts on site.

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I'm not worried about it. I'm wondering how much fun it might be to get in on the game. :)

I'm thinking more along the lines of this.

Frigidaire Washer Door Striker at APP: $34.63
http://www.appliancepartspros.com/frigidaire-striker-131763302-ap4508273.html

This guys draws one up for a 3d printer and shares it with the world.
http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:151253

I'm able to download it and then upload it to shapeways.com site and get a price quote of $8.35

So now part # 131763302 will never be NLA, ever!

This was just one example I found online. There are a few other example of people doing this with other appliance parts.

We have all seen example of out of this world prices on the simplest of plastic appliance parts.
Price aside, once a 3d model of the part has been made the part will for ever be available.
Not to mention how some of these plastic parts could be improved upon by adjusting the design or by making them out of a better plastic.

 

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Will it ever become common for the average joe to '3d print' their own parts?
« Reply #15 on: December 13, 2016, 06:47:08 AM »
Here is a interesting comment I come across at http://www.thingiverse.com today.

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Mine broke and I called MonoPrice. They directed me here. I printed it (used a clamp to hold the broken one) and it worked flawlessly. Ran it at 0.2 layer and 75% fill 205C and 50C. Currently making a spare! Thank you very much!

I find it very interesting that a company would direct someone to a online 3d printing community for a replacement part. Seems fitting and all being it's a part for a 3d printer but I wonder if we will ever see appliance companies like Whirlpool, Samsung, LG & Sears direct customers to Thingiverse or some other online 3d printer community resource for parts that are no longer available.

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1743385/#comment-1084788

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« Reply #16 on: December 13, 2016, 08:05:53 AM »
As it becomes common to own a 3D printer, I can see the manufacturers selling the downloadable plans for the parts and having less inventory of small reproducible parts.

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Will it ever become common for the average joe to '3d print' their own parts?
« Reply #17 on: December 13, 2016, 10:10:19 AM »
As it becomes common to own a 3D printer, I can see the manufacturers selling the downloadable plans for the parts and having less inventory of small reproducible parts.

Yes, I could see that happening too!

I have come across a few people that have printed their own appliance parts. I have seen groups for 3d printing parts for 3d printers, Auto part and a few other parts related things, but no appliance parts groups yet, so today I started one.

https://www.thingiverse.com/groups/appliance-parts/about


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« Reply #18 on: December 13, 2016, 02:13:18 PM »
Terrific idea, AJ!  O0

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Will it ever become common for the average joe to '3d print' their own parts?
« Reply #19 on: December 14, 2016, 05:07:01 PM »
Would be nice to print up some knobs for appliances as how they are getting so expensive.

 

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