Since I got this printer on 9-3-2013, it’s been used for over 238 hours of printing (that’s over 9 hours a day of printing!). So, what have I printed?
Successful prints: These either worked as expected the first time (about half of them) or required several iterations to get them ‘done’.
- Pen & pencil holder (downloaded from Thingiverse)
- Rifle scope zoom rings (that I designed)
- 3 versions of RCBS decap / primer catchers (Thingiverse / revisions by Lon)
- Derim cup (that I designed)
- Piston, rings and rod (downloaded from Thingiverse)
- Core swaging catch tray (that I designed)
- Bleed tray (that I designed)
- Core shaker (that I designed based on another’s work)
- Customized iPhone cases (downloaded from Thingiverse & modified)
- Ford V6 engine block (downloaded from Thingiverse)
- Clips to mount plexiglass to the printer frame (that I designed)
- Model railroad track clips (downloaded from Thingiverse)
- Proof of concept for brass sorting (that I designed)
- Reloading die holder (that I designed)
- Lego-style pieces (downloaded from Thingiverse)
- A plastic bullet (that I designed)
Works in progress: These still require some work… either I need to modify the design (the die plate holder), or the model is complex and requires a more advanced approach to printing.
- Model windmill (downloaded from Thingiverse)
- Reloading die plate holder (that I designed)
Several of these were just for fun – to see what the printer would do. Most, though, solved specific problems. Would I have spent money on equivalent commercial products? Probably not for many of them. In many situations, the equivalent products cost more than I was willing to pay (I know… so I bought a 3D printer instead). However, some are invaluable – and others are interested in purchasing them. In any event, I’m still blown away by the technology & the possibilities – I’m turning bits into useful objects right here on my desk!