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Will it ever become common for the average joe to '3d print' their own parts?
« Reply #20 on: January 02, 2017, 06:26:19 AM »

Would be nice to print up some knobs for appliances as how they are getting so expensive.

Any special knobs you have in mind?

Here is another site I recently come across that has a special category for 3d printable parts.

https://www.myminifactory.com/category/brands-spare-parts


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Will it ever become common for the average joe to '3d print' their own parts?
« Reply #21 on: January 02, 2017, 08:02:58 AM »
No it's just amazing that a knob for say a GE gas range is $60.00 and it's just a piece of plastic.

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Will it ever become common for the average joe to '3d print' their own parts?
« Reply #22 on: January 02, 2017, 09:58:10 AM »
No it's just amazing that a knob for say a GE gas range is $60.00 and it's just a piece of plastic.

Yep, and beside the price there is always that chance that after 5 or so years the part will no longer be available.

Of coarse the factory knob is going to be a lot more polished and finished looking that what I can currently make on my printer at home, but it's just a matter of time before technology changes that.
Once the 3d cad file has been create for the part there are a number of professional 3d printer companies out there you could have print the part for you and for maybe even less then you can print it at home yourself.

Once the digital .stl 3d cad file is created for a part it could be available forever unlike a factory part that can become NLA.

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I've been toying with the idea as well.

It seems to me that one could have an industrial printer or two, and a library of 3d designs.  Then a customer can order a part, the thing automatically gets printed out, packaged, and mailed to the customer.

It would be pretty cool. 

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I'm going to a show in Anaheim in February that will feature 3d printing.  I wonder what they'll have there?

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andersenappliance, be sure to let us know how the show was.


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Here is another example I just come across today of someone using a 3d printer for appliance repair.

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We have a refrigerator that uses the crisper center rail W10326469. It is a part that breaks almost yearly because all of the weight in the drawers is placed at the front clip of the center rail. a 4mm thick piece of plastic, roughly 38mm wide. That can be a lot of weight for a small piece of plastic. After replacing it yet again, I decided the design was in dire need of improvement.

French Door Refrigerator - Crisper Center Rail Support (W10326469)
http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2018456

I first read about it at this URL.
https://www.reddit.com/r/functionalprint/comments/5mapbt/fix_for_poorly_designed_crisper_drawer_rail_in/

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I just got done watching this video at Autodesk University and found it really interesting because it mentions appliance parts being 3d printed.

About 26 minutes into it he talks about how the first thing he 3d printed was a wheel for his dishwasher rack and how he modeled it himself using a cheap $10 calipers and a CAD program.

He goes on to talk about practical applications of 3d printing and how the replacement parts industry is really starting to undergo this massive OMG what are we going to do because now they are realizing some body could download the .stl file for a clip for there refrigerator, print it and use it.

I plan on being one of them guys that is creating them .stl files for replacement parts. ;)

3D Printing—Examining the Reality and Possibilities by Steven Schain

http://au.autodesk.com/au-online/classes-on-demand/class-catalog/2016/inventor-professional/mp20597#

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I'm going to a show in Anaheim in February that will feature 3d printing.  I wonder what they'll have there?

Did you make it to the show? If so care to share with us what you seen.

Here is another example of 3d printing being used to make a appliance part.

https://www.reddit.com/r/functionalprint/comments/5wr93l/dishwasher_screw_cap_replacement/

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2145188

http://www.appliancepartspros.com/whirlpool-button-plug-tub-wpw10082838-ap6014914.html

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Frigidaire Microwave Door Handle Part #5304440323 about $95

3d print
http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2161019



I find this comment at the about link interesting.


"My handle broke a month a go and I went the lazy route and ended up buying an OEM one from Ebay for $80!! Thank you for sharing this for free, I would have paid $10 for the stl file."

 

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