High Quality Pliers

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High Quality Pliers by russrobot Sep 8, 2011

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This a pair of snap together pliers that I designed as a demonstration part to teach other students how to use the university's 3D printer. It was designed in Solidworks and built on a Stratasys 3D Printer.


  1. Print the left and right STL files
  2. Snap them together
  3. ???
  4. Profit

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It would be great to add a ratchet teeth so it can be used to lock the jaws and also at the end have a joiner that can be used on a stand to hold s and electrical items etc..

Great design. It may be two years late, but it's now my Thing of the Week on http://3DGeni.us3DGeni.us - read why I like it here:


Mine snapped as well, but I was planning on beefing this thing up just a bit anyway. I have plenty of ABS glue. I also added a bolt+nut+washers around the center shaft to make them killer good. Thanks to the already sturdy design, they are quite useful!

I printed them, but the center clip snapped when I was trying to clip the two parts together. I'll give it another try.

Very cool design!

I can't get the right plier to lay flat on the platform. Even tried making a new STL from the SoldWorks file.

The enemy always seems to be me, but can someone help?

thanx . . . syl

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Rotate the pliers so they go across the build platform from left to right if you want a decent bottom fill. Skeinforge will make lots of short fill movements rather than trying to do a long one that goes down the handles of the pliers.

Scaled and rotated in ReplicatorG, printed beautifully.

thanks for the solidworks files!!!

The STL file is tiny when you open it up. I had to scale it up 18x to make it reasonable to print.

bld - in reply to JohnA

Try 25.4x :)

Yeah, I assumed that 25.4 would be GIANT without actually looking at it. Looks like if I turn it 45
° it'll fit on my platform.

It was probably saved in "inches" rather than "mm".