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
0 Share
Download All Files

Thing Apps Enabled

Order This Printed View All Apps


Liked By

View All

Give a Shout Out

If you print this Thing and display it in public proudly give attribution by printing and displaying this tag.

Print Thing Tag

Thing Statistics

19466Views 996Downloads


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 http://www.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.


  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!

All Apps

Auto-magically prepare your 3D models for 3D printing. A cloud based 3D models Preparing and Healing solution for 3D Printing, MakePrintable provides features for model repairing, wall thickness...

App Info Launch App

Kiri:Moto is an integrated cloud-based slicer and tool-path generator for 3D Printing, CAM / CNC and Laser cutting. *** 3D printing mode provides model slicing and GCode output using built-in...

App Info Launch App
KiriMoto Thing App

With 3D Slash, you can edit 3d models like a stonecutter. A unique interface: as fun as a building game! The perfect tool for non-designers and children to create in 3D.

App Info Launch App

Print through a distributed network of 3D printing enthusiasts from across the US, at a fraction of the cost of the competitors. We want to change the world for the better through technology, an...

App Info Launch App

Quickly Scale, Mirror or Cut your 3D Models

App Info Launch App

3D Print a wide range of designs with Treatstock. Easy to use tools to get the perfect result. The global 3D printing network that connects you with high-quality and fast working print services nea...

App Info Launch App

Same problem, same solution ;-)

Did repair the broken sun shield hook of her car and the luggage cover on mine.

Saved (not significant) money and (much more singinficant) the peace at home.... ;-)

Sounds like your significant other enjoys the power she gets from complaining about what makes you happy, and the hoops she watches you jump through.

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 :$

awesome... Greg in Adelaide?

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

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

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

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

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

this is what makes these things great.

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. :)

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!

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

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.

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