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Parts from 3D printer?

Has anyone ever made a part using a 3D printer. This was a thought earlier when my speedometer gear broke, wonder if I could make one using a 3D printer. Has any one got one or used one. What got me thinking is a guy is using one here in the building of guns.
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The guy who used be in the cubicle next to me bought one. The fidget spinner he built with it was interesting.

Apparently there are different types of plastic, some are more difficult to use than others. Also, not all printers will work with all of the plastics there are temperature ranges that have to match.
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The engineering required to tell that printer the number and angle of those teeth would be mind numbing for a non-engineer. Then there's the matter of finding the correct material that will hold up to the rigors of the hub environment.

Pretty quickly, the mere $60 Honda wants for the part sounds very reasonable.

I expect those printers will eventually work their way into classic car/motorcycle restoration, but for machines that are valued much higher than a 33 year old GL.

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The engineering required to tell that printer the number and angle of those teeth would be mind numbing for a non-engineer. Then there's the matter of finding the correct material that will hold up to the rigors of the hub environment.

Pretty quickly, the mere $60 Honda wants for the part sounds very reasonable.

I expect those printers will eventually work their way into classic car/motorcycle restoration, but for machines that are valued much higher than a 33 year old GL.
No engineering required. It was all done by Honda. What is left is all a matter of drawing a copy of the existing broken gear in something like google sketch up (recommended by one of the printer manufacturers). So the process is more like art.
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I bet before to long they can scan a original and make a temp-let and start producing them. I know the military is using them to make some parts for vehicles, I just thought it sounded interesting. Still is, I bet they are real soon to enter the classic car world for instant parts. I never thought about heat ranges for different plastics or products though, so I learned something. I hope to see it in my lifetime.
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With a 3d scanner (kinect or other similar camera) you can actually scan most of the parts. Will it be the same strength? That's a different story and it depends on the plastic (abs, pla, etc...). They are useful, but not "instant". Your average print takes between an hour and 10 hours. 3D printers are limited by the size of their "hot plate" and vertical reach as well which means the part size has to fit in that XYZ area. For many of the smaller plastic parts it would depend on the "resolution" of the printer as to if the part would have the detail that is needed on the part. If you have access to a 3D printer and don't mind waiting a while, the parts printed from it would cost pennies on the dollar compared to a $60 part. They are in fact already used to make replacement parts for older devices as well as make new devices. I can't wait to get one myself.

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our public library has a 3d printer in The Creator workshop for school kids
NASA put one on the space station that can make custom tools and parts for repairs.
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