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3D printing isn’t always a good product, but a great prototyping tool.
But sometimes it can save a lot of money and a whole product due to missing replacement parts.
At our facilities, all windows and doors have some alu profiles held on by small plastic clips. These clips are today no longer available and would cost 1500 DKK per 20 pieces, and as we needed over 300 pieces it made a good case for a 3D printer.
The clips are produced 100 parts per print plate and resulting in a print time of 8 hours, then the base plate of the clip was laser cut to speed up production time and make the clips more designed for 3D print.
Manufacturing drawings are often flat 2D drawings and work well for some designs but for some castings and other manufacturing styles, 3D is just better.
looking online there is little too noninformation on having a 3D drawing is done. Most of the time an image of the 3D model is captured and then imported into a vector graphical program and then drawings dimensions are then done there.
From a Facebook post related to beginners for trying to model the part. I found the inspiration to do my take on a 3D drawing.
Fusion 360 drawing
The project is pro bono for an art group.
I was happy to have been involved in this art project, as the task was to construct an icosahedron (20 faced polyhedrons) from 2-meter long frosted acrylic pipes with LED’s inside.
The construction was going to end up almost 3.5 meters tall and was going to be a lightbox, that people can walk into.
My role as the lead mechanical engineer, having the duty of design, stress test, and manufacturing.
An icosahedron is a rather strong shape but fragile when incomplete so a major question was how to construct the shape and if the acrylic pipes will hold to the forces.
The shape was modeled in 3D (Fusion 360) to have simulations of light and load test, this also help a lot in the construction of the bracket holding up the tubes.
The 30 brackets and feet are constructed from 4 mm corten steel, it’s designed for laser-cutting with bend lines and afterward, bend to an angle gauge, and lastly spot welded it gives the strength the holding up the load.
4 person assembly on site in 6 hours, job well done.
Go see the project in real life at:
Pulsen 5c, 4000 Roskilde.
The BetaMaster project is an all-in-one facility management tool for maker spaces, workshops, and more.
The system handles bookings, usage certificates/safety courses, guides, services intervals, and loan of equipment.
The system is different from the other booking sites online as it’s also working with a physical device (the BetaBox) where users unlock the machine with their keycard.
The BetaBox knows all the bookings, allowed users, and reports the usage and run time of the machines, to let the workshop manager have even better control.
All-in-one equipment management
- Create any resource.
- Manage resources across locations.
- Store user manuals and maintenance instructions.
- Keep data for audit compliance.
- Show video tutorials for each machine.
- Check machine availability
- Book machines
- See machines run time
- Ensure no machines is used unauthorised.
- Manage machine access using Training Certificates.
- Manage user contact info.
- Log user activity.
- Log valuable machine usage data.
- Psychically lock machines.
- Show availability info directly on each machine.
- Easily check machine state using BetaBoks color LED.
Proof of concept v0.1
Functional prototype v0.2
Ready for sell v1
Autodesk has now integrated the electrical there previously called eagle. I have used Eagle over there years for making PCB designs and getting more professional circuits.
I didn’t really love Eagle as is isn’t a user friendly interface there had thousand and thousand parts and no good simulator and a rather bad component builder. Now that Autodesk has merged the mechanical and electrical workspace there has even over a few mouths been tremendous improvements.
Now having the two in one program it’s now become quicker to do the electrical changes right away and getting the update within seconds.
Having one united program is also most importantly a step in the right direction for having a better preforming team for product development and this removes a lot of the frustrations