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3D printing can be a very useful technology, not only used to print vases and other "useless" items (i also enjoy printing "useless" items). Yesterday a holder, that attaches a rail that the shower curtain glides on, to the wall broke. I'm sure i could find it in a hardware store but since i have a 3D printer i decided to try and draw it and then print the part.

Step 1: Measuring the Object and a Quick Sketch

When designing something in a cad program if the part i'm making is a physical object and simple i like to make a quick sketch of the object on a paper so i don't have to measure it when modeling it later. I don't bother with making the sketch to scale or even good looking ;) The measuring was done with a digital caliper.

<p>I really wish that I had access to a 3D printer. There are so many little plastic replacement parts that I would like to print.</p>
<p>Look into the Monoprice Mini Select - $200 (less on sale), built like a tank, comes fully assembled, and stunning print quality. Only con is small (120mm&sup2;) build volume). Amazon sells them.</p>
Yeah it really is a usefull tool.
<p>Nice job! I like printing useless &quot;tat&quot; too, but it's profoundly satisfying to design and replace broken bits around the house, isn't it?</p>
<p>I bought a Prusa Anet 8 for Under 200$ Canadian and i make my parts with it. I use Fusion 360 and I push the file directly into Cura, realy simple.</p>
<p>It is free for do-it-yourselfers</p>
How much did you pay for Autodesk Fusion?

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