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Fingerdigger by Zippitybamba Jul 19, 2013


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A desktop version of a popular sandbox toy. With your fingers at the controls you can seek fossils in your potted plant, dig cigarette butts from full ashtrays, even transfer sake from one sakazuki to another.

You'll need a drop of glue on the thin pegs to hold them inside the thicker pegs.

Inspired by a design by Sean H Kim (http://grabcad.com/library/desk-digger-1) that looks splendid but just wasn't made for easy printing in PLA.

My goal (which I grandly term the "Two Bed Manifesto") is to make articulated childrens' toys that print easily on a single print bed, without support, while I am in bed. The thought is that I press "Go" one time at night and wake with a new source of fun for the kids. You know, so they can dig for cigarettes in the morning.

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I printed in hatchbox wood pla
Looks really cool on print table. Pins all mis sized. The male and female portions of the pins don't fit well, too sloppy. The pins don't fit the holes in the frame, too tight. I wish i would have watched the linked video before i printed it.

Awesome idea! Makes a wonderful gift for a friend of mine. Thanks a lot !

now imagine if it could be set up as part of a marble track so when a marble falls in the cup the arm moves.

Printed one, and the Axle_1.stl didn't print right. The pegs didn't fit either, but I drilled those wider. Awesome finished product, though!

Printed well, but the caps for the pins were too fragile and broke.
So as of right now, it falls apart every time I try to use it until I figure out replacement pins.

Thanks anyway!

took me 6 hours to print then doesnt work i can see what its meant to do it just doesnt work

Funny little model. I printed mine in red and blue ABS.
Repetier host reports errors on a couple of the parts, but the layers (sliced with CuraEngine) looked fine and I printed and assembled it without any issues.

Thanks :-)

WOW!!! Thank you, so cool

Printed in ABS but pins really do not fit at all. Am redesigning pins and will post when resolved.

With a zen garden desk toy.....

Slic3r says the file (complete) has errors.. netfabb's auto repair can't really fix them (it closes the big hole on the base)

How about making the two parallel beams cross?

And perhaps the orange finger hole could be attached to the lower beam.

I think those would improve the motion.

Well, I wouldn't count on it to level a platform for home construction but it does move as intended. Check out the cruddy video:


Great idea, but... this doesn't work. You can't move the bucket properly.