Light-Duty Pliers

by Starno, published

Light-Duty Pliers by Starno Oct 5, 2009

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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. ( www.thingiverse.com/thing:899 , www.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.


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

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

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Is this a paralell plier?

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!

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/2009/11/03/skeinforge-0006/http://blog.makerbot.com/2009/... ) Also, there are lots of parts on thingiverse tagged with "calibration" to help you tune thing up. Good Luck!

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).

What printed that example? Pretty smooth.

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

Dude, that's really an amazing rendering! I'm fiddling with ray tracing to upgrade Thingiverse's rendering system (interactive). Which tool did you use to
render it?! I'd love to use a nicer scene rendering system!


Love the object too, b.t.w. Will print one soon :)

For me, one of the most appealing aspects about Thingiverse for file hosting is the automatic rendering of many file formats. That would be incredible to be able to choose your orientation and change aesthetics interactively while uploading. I used Solidworks and the rendering plugin that comes with it, and then I added a little photoshop magic. This one happened to come out very nicely.

Also, can thingiverse please add direct messaging?

Thanks for the reply Starno.

Does Solidworks have a CLI interface? Could this be automated? I guess we need to have someone with a license that renders images for Thingiverse through an agent application. It could simply fetch the STLs from the RSS feed (trivial, since that's XML already and contains direct links to STL downloads).
Also, see this discussion on rendering STL: http://groups.google.com/group/openmanufacturing/browse_frm/thread/6ccaec69138907ad?hl=enhttp://groups.google.com/group...

That's quite an amazing render! Even I was fooled!


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