It was suggested that I make instructables of items I've printed with plastic and other materials combined.  The technique I use is quite simple and can be done by anyone who has access to a 3D printer.

The first project is a simple clip that can be screwed to the face of any kitchen cabinet.  My wife loves potato chips and there were usually several bags piled up around the toaster.  I made these clips to get them off the counter and out where she could see them.  They've been in use for over a year and they've rarely been empty.

This project uses a single 3D printed part and items you can usually find around the house.  I've been using ABS for all of my embedded projects, but this should work with PLA or Nylon as well.

OK... Time to go through your toolbox, desk drawers and refrigerator to get the bits you'll need.

Step 1: What You'll Need

A 3D printer is absolutely necessary.  Even Elementary Schools are getting on the bandwagon, so there should be a machine accessible to just about everyone who's reading this.  Schools, both public and private are always looking for interesting projects their students can get involved with.  If you ask around, you're going to find someone, a business or organization that'll let you try out this technology.  Layered deposition has actually been around for about 40 years.  It's the robotic part that's kept it from being the simple process we see today.

Next, go to your desk and find a large spring steel paper clip.  The large size isn't very useful for household paper clamping, so this will be an excellent way to put the ones you dig out to good use.

From your tool box, you'll need a wood screw, washer and if you don't want the screw to show, a plastic screw cap.

Now, go to your freezer and pull out a few popsicles.  Hand a couple to your kids, who'll most likely be asking you why you're raiding their stash.

Once the popsicles are gone, save the sticks.

Other than a drill, screwdriver, a pair of pliers and the stl file at the end of this instructible, that's it...

Let's get to work.

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Bio: Retired inventor, reverted back to my 10 year-old self. A shop full of tools, a boat, race car, 3D printer and a beautiful wife who ... More »
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