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Light-Duty Pliers

by Starno, published

Light-Duty Pliers by Starno Oct 5, 2009

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Description

Makerbot-printable pliers for light-duty uses. Designed to be useful for holding small things during inspection, or simply doing things fingers can not.

There is a male arm, a female arm, and a printable nut. The female swivels around the male, and the nut constrains the assembly. The geometry of the threads are based on the connections seen in the toothbrush holder and originally in the screwable jewelry box. ( thingiverse.com/thing:899 , thingiverse.com/thing:413 )

Alternatively, if the design is too optimistic, you can try printing two female arms and use a small screw and nut to hold it together.

All three pieces combined use a total of 1.24 cubic inches of material.

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Is this a paralell plier?

I started with skeinforge v6 and the default makerbot settings. I ran into problems printing some calibration items due to firmware bugs (can't print long filenames from SD, wish I had discovered that MUCH sooner).
Why version 6, though? I just discovered the newer skeinforge versions, and they have some amazing options (like printing loops before perimeter, that should help a LOT on tough overhangs).

It's really hard to resist the urges to print everything at first, but good settings will pay off in the long run. I recommend skeinforge 006 with default makerbot settings as a good place to start. (http://blog.makerbot.com/2009/... ) Also, there are lots of parts on thingiverse tagged with "calibration" to help you tune thing up. Good Luck!

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Instructions

The part is 98mm long, so be sure the build platform is properly centered.

1. Print.
2. Enjoy.
3. Critique.

Comments

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3runo on Jan 19, 2014 said:

Is this a paralell plier?

sparr on May 18, 2010 said:

This is a great model! My only complaint is that the threaded nut is a very optimistic part. I look forward to the day when I can tune my makerbot finely enough to make those work as-is. I had to print a 90%-rescaled version of the nut to make it fit.
Also, my makerbot's build platform is a tiny bit off-center from the build envelope, so the handle got clipped a little. This helped me find a build mistake on my part, so kudos for that too!

Starno on May 18, 2010 said:

It's really hard to resist the urges to print everything at first, but good settings will pay off in the long run. I recommend skeinforge 006 with default makerbot settings as a good place to start. (http://blog.makerbot.com/2009/... ) Also, there are lots of parts on thingiverse tagged with "calibration" to help you tune thing up. Good Luck!

Wade on Oct 6, 2009 said:

What printed that example? Pretty smooth.

Starno on Oct 6, 2009 said:

The picture isn't printed, its just a textured rendering on top of a wood tabletop background.

Anonymous on Oct 6, 2009 said:

ZXOMG!!! INCREDIBLE!!!

schmarty on Oct 6, 2009 said:

Wow! If nothing else, these look really nice! I think I will try printing them.

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