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Customizable Chewie

by laird, published

Customizable Chewie by laird Feb 3, 2013

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My son loves chewing on his shirts. I made this 'chewie' to clip onto his shirt collar so that he chews it instead. It worked.

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Great Idea, but I hope you are using PLA and not ABS. ABS is not a great compound to be ingesting.
I like the shirt attachement idea! I make chewie necklaces for my boys. Michaels sells rubber necklaces with a rubber press clasp so they can't choke themselves accidently.
You too! please share your amazing technique. Sounds like you know exactly how to do it.

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Print out a 'chewie' in a soft material - I used Taulman 618 Nylon, and you can try a soft PLA. Print it with one shell (0 extra shells) and minimal infil (5% or 10%), so that the result is soft. Don't use ABS, since it's not food safe and you don't want your kid chewing it. At least, I didn't want my kid chewing it.

Print out a 'clips' set in a hard material - PLA is perfect. I used 3 extra shells and 20% infil.

Bend the chewie into a U shape, and insert the clips to hold it in plate. See the photo.

Slide the chewie onto the shirt collar.

You can also use the Customizer to produce whichever combination of patterns. You will need to generate two separate objects, a chewie and clips, by setting the 'print' parameter to 'chewie' and generating, then setting it to 'clips' and generating.

Or download the OpenSCAD file and add your own textures. If you do, make a derivative. I made one with a MineCraft axe.
Great Idea, but I hope you are using PLA and not ABS. ABS is not a great compound to be ingesting.
I like the shirt attachement idea! I make chewie necklaces for my boys. Michaels sells rubber necklaces with a rubber press clasp so they can't choke themselves accidently.
Of course we're working on that as well, but his sensory integration issues lead to a lot of chewing on pencils, shirts, etc., all things being equal I'd rather he chew on an indestructible piece of nylon than his shirt. :-)
laird - in reply to laird
And printing one beats buying fairly expensive gadgets such as amazon.com/STIXX-PENCIL-TOPPERS-CHEWABLE-SHAPES/dp/B0038ZSJCU/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&;qid=1359948166&sr=8-3&keywords=sensory+integration+chew and amazon.com/School-Specialty-Buddy-Sensory-Fidget/dp/B002X7BTBC/ref=pd_bxgy_hpc_text_z . Aside from costing a lot less, he's a lot more excited about stuff he helps design and make.
Yea....I agree with Jason....i would break him out of that habit, would mess up his teeth after a while.
You too! please share your amazing technique. Sounds like you know exactly how to do it.
interesting idea, but why not try to break him of the habit instead?
How? You obviously must be an expert in sensory integration. Sounds like you have an awesome breakthrough technique. So, please share it.
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