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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-28-2015, 06:49 PM Thread Starter
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3D Printing and tanks

Not sure what others have created, but I needed something to hold my dosing pumps so I made a little holders. It says Macro, Micro and Excel over the pumps, but it is hard to read in the pictures.





I also created a filter intake because mine broke. I don't have a picture of it as I then moved to the lily pipes. it actually worked out nicer that the original Fluval one.

So what have you made for your tank?

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Very cool, I'd love to have one of these things.
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I've been doing some printing for my current project and have more prints planned. Its been helpful for mounting equipment in a professional looking way.

I've also been putting thought into printing riparium planters. Custom planters that have been printed to fit into a specific HOB filter or hang off the back of a tank would be nice.


Unfortunately consumer level 3d printing is more of a hobby than a tool right now. You need experience to create printable models in CAD, and configuring/calibrating the toolchain and printer is a lot of work.


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I keep holding off on buying one myself.. I'd love to print up some prototypes I've designed for low profile bulkheads/overflows. And like 691175002 says, it's be great for brackets and mounting solutions. I have an exposed stand, so I'm always looking for ways to clean up the guts down there.

Worst case scenario, fish stuff is a fail and I print out my 3D sculpts to populate my desk with!
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So I made the jump, just had an Ultimaker 2 delivered today. I'd like to share some prints but I need to get a card reader. I didn't realize the USB connection was for firmware stuff and not for tethered printing. I guess it's better that way to free up my workstation, but I'm anxious to print something that isn't on the card by default!
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I notice Han Aquatics has started selling 3D printed items. Moss ledges, Finnex risers, etc.

The Finnex risers are made of glow in the dark plastic.
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So I made the jump, just had an Ultimaker 2 delivered today. I'd like to share some prints but I need to get a card reader. I didn't realize the USB connection was for firmware stuff and not for tethered printing. I guess it's better that way to free up my workstation, but I'm anxious to print something that isn't on the card by default!
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I will post some pics of the stuff I print at my internship. I am working for a company that designs industrial 3d printers. They are some of the fastest and most accurate units that will be available come release this summer.

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So I finally did my first print. Decided to jump in the deep end and try something that needed lots of supports. Used the included PLA as a test, then I'll be moving to ABS. This little critter stands under 2 inches tall. His tail was a fail.

Just printed a little intake vent to keep my amanos from using the emergency drain as a water slide down to the sump. This is fun!
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I've been finalizing my auto dosing and with the new tubing I got had an issue. It is kind of sticky on the outside when dry, but when it gets wets it gets slippery. So slippery that I can no longer hung hang it of over the back of the tank, because it falls out. So I printed up a tubing holder. It holds 3 - 3/16" tubings and hangs over the tank edge.





Not as cool as prototyp3, but functional

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I was under the impression that ATO/Dosing tubes should always stay above the waterline so that they cannot siphon backwards.


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If you use a peristaltic pump they can't siphon backwards, but it probably wouldn't be a bad idea to keep them out of the water.

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I have 100 rummynose arriving this morning and decided it'd be easier to drip acclimate them in a 14g drum then float a bunch of bags. So I quickly modeled and printed a drip clip. It clips to the tank edge with friction, and allows me to pull the tubing tight to partially kink it, allowing control over the drip rate. Not sexy, but practical.
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