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Adding Other Materials to the Mix

Over the past couple of years, I've evolved from being totally captivated by my 3D printer, making everything I could think of out of the three plastics I can print with, ABS, PLA and Nylon, to having the Replicator, sitting in my shop and becoming "another tool".  A tool that stands in as an "employee", who can make things while I do other things.

Along with doing a pretty good job of making my designs, I've experimented with stepping in, during the print, adding components made of other materials, such as cloth, metal and other plastics.  I've successfully made pulls on tie bags, an electric push button, aluminum mounts for my project car and spring clips to hang my wife's potato chip and popcorn bags in the kitchen.

Has anyone else been able to use their printer to make items, not 100% plastic?

bfk (author) 10 months ago
OK, I've posted an instructible here of a simple potato (add an "e" if your name is Dan Quayle:) chip clip for the kitchen.  I'll probably be modifying it heavily, as I usually do, but for now, it's pretty straight forward and easy to make.  It's actually a pretty good one to start with because of it's simplicity.  

This wasn't my first embedded material project.  That honor went to pull tabs for a cloth bag.  It's basically the same as this project, but much smaller.  There are two plastic pull tabs and the ends of the bag's cord are imbedded in them.  One end inside each printed tab.
Potato Chip Clip.jpgScreen shot Chips.jpg
Kiteman10 months ago
Wow, you really ought to post some of those additions as instructables!
bfk (author)  Kiteman10 months ago
LOL I think I may have put one or two up on Thingiverse. Most of my experiments are given away, but give me a bit of time to dig some up and re-print them. I'll start with the one thing I know I have... Potato(e, if your D. quayle:) Chip holders.