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3D Printed Planted Tank Tools holder

Here's another.

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:508747

If you are intrigued by a 3D printer. Here is a short video of it printing. This print also took 2 hours to print.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDVSscKVN4g





Here is the first revision in clear. The tools were too close together and I needed to make the back layer thin so it could bend and snap into the groove. The first revision was too thick and broke when I tried to put it in. The .stl on thingivers is the good version.

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Aside from the cost of the printer, time, etc. What do you think is the material cost of the plastic used to make something like this?

Very cool, been thinking of getting a 3d printer myself.
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For relatively small items you can use the 3D printer to make a prototype, then use that to make a silicone rubber mold and cast as many as you need with epoxy casting resin. It isn't a fool proof process, but it is much cheaper per copy than 3D printing.

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The material cost would probably be negligible. 1 kg of material usually is about 20-30 USD, and something like this would probably be a few tens of grams only.

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The convenience of the location(on the rim of the tank) lends credibility
to the design but you might also want a "desk top" model shaped something like a pipette rack for those who have tops on their tanks.

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Great idea. I love to be organized. Any chance you can my make a few to sell?
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The material cost would probably be negligible. 1 kg of material usually is about 20-30 USD, and something like this would probably be a few tens of grams only.
Ah, cool. I was hoping it was cheap, because it sure would make "prototyping" a lot less fun if it wasn't cheap.
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Aside from the cost of the printer, time, etc. What do you think is the material cost of the plastic used to make something like this?

Very cool, been thinking of getting a 3d printer myself.
To give you a more accurate description of how cheap it is. You get a 1000ft filament spool for 30 bucks. That tools holder is about 5 feet of filament.

I have been printing for about a month. This thing has been running constant since. I have a print job going every minute I am home from work and to the time I go to bed. The weekends it pretty much runs the hole day. I have pretty much kept in the same spool and its getting to the bottom. I probably have another week on it.

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The convenience of the location(on the rim of the tank) lends credibility
to the design but you might also want a "desk top" model shaped something like a pipette rack for those who have tops on their tanks.
I think this is a good idea. I will put a desktop model in the works.

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Great idea. I love to be organized. Any chance you can my make a few to sell?
Possibly, the problem is is that I only have one printer right now and they are not quick. The tool holder was a 2 hour job for just that small object. My printer is printing out prototypes and trials constantly. You would be surpised how many times it take me to print the right fitting even though I measured it... If I sold objects I would not be able to design and prototype and thats what I kind want to do with the printer right now. This could change later though if I want to give up the creative side of things.

However, after I exhaust all of my ideas. I was going to take submissions and if I like and use someone's idea. I will design/print and send it to them. So start thinking and pay attention to the DIY section in the next few eeks.
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Excellent work. Looks like a Rostock?

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