Today’s make is a great example of what having these kinds of making tools at home can do for you. Got a call from my wife, who was on shift, that one of the exam lights in the procedure area of the animal hospital had broken its handle off and the other was about to fail. So a quick trip down, took the old handle and quickly whipped it up in CAD (OnShape) and 3D printed it in Taulman3D Nylon 910 (vastly tougher than whatever plastic this was) and embedded the knurled nuts from the old one). Rushed back down 2 hours later and tried to install it, to find that this light doesn’t come apart in any useful way. So rushed back home, redesigned it to have the nuts on the inside and bolts on the outside, reprinted and rushed back 2 hours again, and installed. So in the space of 4-5 hours, they had all new (and tougher if I say so myself) parts and were back in full safe operation. So can’t want for the GlowForge as it will add rapid making possibilities to the mix!
Here is the one that was about to fail:
Here is the new one going on (had to bring my son as it was a two person job, using long surgical instruments to get the seat, nut and lock washer inside):
(yes, I cleaned that gunk off where someone tried to tape the handle back together)
And finally every job needs a supervisor (that’s Abby the hospital cat):