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Steampunk Single Digit Nixie Clock II

How to justify your TOM to your significant other!

by Bluemetal, published

Steampunk Single Digit Nixie Clock II
How to justify your TOM to your significant other! by Bluemetal Jul 13, 2011

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We have all been there! How do you explain a several thousand dollars investment into another "toy"?

My significant other (SO) had some issues with the amount of money and specially time I spent with the TOM. Not even thingiverse.com/derivative:9461 won her over (though it did get some extra time credit over all).

I needed something significant ( in monetary terms ) to bring her over to our side.

In my case, I had the (mis)fortune of breaking the end of my cars luggage compartment cover. The cover can be used in the 5 and 7 seat configuration so it has extensions that lock to the ends to make it longer for the 5 seat set up.

The broken piece that connected to the left extension was around a bit and I tried the usual super glue cure with terrible results - not only it did not glue properly, it actually made me loose the broken piece altogether (now I see it was divine providence!).

Upon contacting the dealer to try to buy the offending plastic part and after being politely told to stop being foolish and that Plan B (a whole new cover) was going to cost USD 550, I saw the light! :0

What if I fixed the cover and saved USD 550 (plus tax)? Hero for a few days maybe and even, just maybe a "isn't nice that you bought the 3d printer thingy?"

Lofty goals but the difference between courage and ignorance is usually not that big.

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Brilliant! I created a heavy duty stand to hold my wife's LCD projector vertically so she could use it in portrait mode. That pretty much won her over. Practical solutions are definitely the key to converting not just wives, but a lot of folks who aren't sure why this technology is interesting!

I have the same problem. Thanks for the advice. lol :-D

ex-girlfriend said i loved Otis (the name she gave to my printer) more than her :)

not true! close, though :$

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Instructions

1. Find the most expensive broken thing in the house that can be fixed with a piece of plastic that fits in a 100x100x100mm cube

2. Try to see if no one has already braved that path for you in Thingiverse? You will be surprised with what is out there (or in here for that matter).

3. Take plenty of photos so you can have a before and after show to demonstrate to your SO and others the enormous savings you are creating with your 3d printer.

4. Conjure some way to add a printed part to the solution. You get extra points if the solution is visible but not offensive - the limited number of ABS colors is a problem here!

5. Be sure that the fix works and that the SO is witness to the lovely functionality your talent and the 3d printer have restored.

6. If you have to choose, go for function over form ( as I so clearly did! ). Better ugly and alive than dead and pretty! So just to keep the concept fresh - be sure the thing is fixed or the wrath will rain upon thee!

7. Be really, really sure that it is fixed. You really do not want your savior image destroyed after such a failure!

8. Keep looking for expensive broken things (be sure that there are no witnesses if you have to produce them yourself or get a cat).



I have added the .stl for the parts, because someone would eventually complain about it, though I am sure that the chances of someone having the same issue are zero!

The impact on my Significant Other's opinion of my Thing-o-Matic after this repair has been phenomenal. Everything else I did before were only "trinkets".

I now have to find something broken that needs a part that fits in a 200x200x200mm cube so I can justify a Ultimaker - I am not telling her about gluing pieces together just yet! :)

Good Luck!

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fpatton on Mar 25, 2013 said:

Brilliant! I created a heavy duty stand to hold my wife's LCD projector vertically so she could use it in portrait mode. That pretty much won her over. Practical solutions are definitely the key to converting not just wives, but a lot of folks who aren't sure why this technology is interesting!

inventworld on Dec 25, 2011 said:

I have the same problem. Thanks for the advice. lol :-D

cdaringe on Dec 5, 2011 said:

ex-girlfriend said i loved Otis (the name she gave to my printer) more than her :)

not true! close, though :$

duann on Aug 25, 2011 said:

awesome... Greg in Adelaide?

Bluemetal on Aug 25, 2011 said:

No, I am not Greg in Adelaide but rather Miguel in New York.

lasivian on Jul 27, 2011 said:

Well worth the read, excellent tale to hear about :)

duffytoler on Jul 14, 2011 said:

BRILLIANT!!! Funniest thing I've read in ages, thanks.

Anonymous on Jul 14, 2011 said:

If she was doing the dishes or cooking, she wouldn't have time to complain about the 3D printer. =-O

lusofer on Jul 14, 2011 said:

This is the history of my life. The funny version. :-D

GregFrost on Jul 14, 2011 said:

this is what makes these things great.

Dippo on Jul 14, 2011 said:

Or, buy a car (for cheap) with many broken items, fix it, sell the car for much. Cats don't break that many (plastic) things, kids do. :)

mrbug on Jul 15, 2011 said:

Oh wow, that's a really good idea... buy stuff that can be fixed by a 3d printer, repair it, and sell for a profit!

Bluemetal on Jul 14, 2011 said:

Agree with kids plastic destructive power but you don't know our cat. We named him Atilla (like in Atila the Hun) :-P

Thaed on Jul 14, 2011 said:

I feel your pain. I have 2 ToMs and an unfinished Mendel. My wife at this point probably thinks that it's better than flying lessons or sports cars.

elspeth on Jul 14, 2011 said:

i used to think i needed a "wife"...maybe not, huh?

Linkreincarnate on Jul 14, 2011 said:

lol @ #6

Anonymous on Jul 14, 2011 said:

Great story :)

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