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6 Creative Designs of 3D Printable Gadgets That Define Capability of FDM Technology

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) technology has been widely used on desktop 3D printers to print small size models, toys and gadgets. It’s quite popular among users because of its low cost and easy accessibility. But it is undeniable that FDM 3D printing technology has its limitations and greatly limits the space for 3D model authors to create. However, there is such a group of people who designs creative 3D printable gadgets on the basis of deep understanding of the capabilities of FDM 3D printing technology and plastic filaments.

Here we’d like say thanks to Mr. Angus Deveson, the author of the Makers Muse YouTube channel and we’re going to share 6 recommended 3D printable gadgets by him which define the capability of FDM 3D printing technology. 

  1. Nautilus Gear

Author: Misha T

Print duration: 1 hour

Layer height: 0.2mm

The nautilus gear is actually a two nautilus shaped gears combined gadget for daily decompression. With two pieces holding the gears together, it looks like a bicycle. The two nautilus-like gears mesh perfectly and can rotate quite smoothly.

3D file download link: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:27233

  • Gear Bearing

Author: Emmett

Print duration: 2 hours

Layer height: 0.15mm

Emmett is a prolific creator for 3D printable models. He often designs iconic gadgets. The above image is a printed model of his gear bearing design which subverts our perception of bearings. Usually a bearing is constructed by metal rings and balls. But this one is a simply one time printed gear bearing by PLA filament with no need of assembly. The design surely brings us to a further knowing of the capability of FDM 3D printers.

To print this kind of gear bearing, you need top quality 3D printers and PLA filament. 

Also, we recommend you print the first layer with “Raft” for ensured quality.

3D file download link: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:53451

  • Reuleaux Triangle Bearing

Author: Darles Chickens

Print duration: 3 hours

Layer height: 0.15mm

A Reuleaux triangle is a shape formed from the intersection of three circular disks, each having its center on the boundary of the other two. The above bearing is designed from the Reuleaux triangle.

As Mr. Angus Deveson said in his video, he tried several times to print out the triangle bearing but failed. And he suggested scaling the model a little bit down if you want to try.

3D file download link: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2897010

  • Geneva Mechanism 

Author: Angus Deveson

Print duration: 2 hours

Layer height: 0.2mm

Geneva mechanism is also called Geneva drive. It is a gear mechanism that translates a continuous rotation movement into intermittent rotary motion.

With a pin, the rotating drive wheel reaches into the slots of the driven wheel and to advance it one step a time. It’s first used on a movie player in 1896.

3D Download Link: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2462254

  • Print-in-Place Iris Box

Author: Lobo CNC

Print duration: 3 hours

Layer height: 0.15mm

This Iris box designed by Lobo CNC is actually modified from the early version of Emmett’s preassembled Iris box, which can be found on Thingiverse too. This modified version has a round bottom with extruding balls. Comparing to the Emmett’s version, it’s more friendly for handheld. You can hold the body tight and then rotate its bottom, the four iris blades will open or close according to rotation direction.  

The most attracting of this gadget is that it’s printed as a whole and completed at a time.

3D file download link: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1817180

  • Cube Gear 

Author: Emmett

Print duration: 5 hours

Layer height: 0.2mm

We have played lots of different style cubes. But it might be the first time we see a gear shaped cube as above image shows.

As we see, this cube gear is a final version from Emmett after numerous modifications on previous design. It consists of 3 pairs of large, small gear blocks and a piece of joint in the center. When print these parts, don’t forget to cancel “support” on the slicer for clean surfaces which help easy assembly and ensure smooth rotation among pieces.

3D file download link: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:213946

The above 6 3D printable gadgets recommended by Mr. Angus Deveson are surely creative designs which give us a further understanding of FDM 3D printing technology. And thanks to the author, too! With their devotion on 3D model designing, 3D printing brings us more fun in mechanic designs!  

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