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What happens when you can't find your compass? Necessity may be the mother of invention... but it doesn't have to be the catalyst for complexity!

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." - Leonardo da Vinci

Here's a quick and easy way, with a little 3D printing, to turn a drawing pencil into a compass.

The Capricious Compass is comprised of five parts: a leg, nut, bolt, pencil, and a straight pin. Assembly should take about 10 - 15 minutes.

  • 3D print your compass parts on a fine setting (support material not needed)
  • Warm the bolt with a torch or lighter a bit to soften the threads
  • Screw the bolt on carefully and run the full length of the threads
  • Remove the nut, insert the bolt into the compass leg, and replace the nut
  • Hot-glue a straight pin into the tip of the compass leg - be careful, it's sharp!
  • Insert your pencil into the bolt and adjust height to taste

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<p>3 D printing simple? - Long way to go I'm thinking I'll just find My compass where I usually keep it. I have two one in a drafting set and the other &quot;school type&quot; that a pencil or pen is clamped in. ~(:-})</p>
With regard to simplicity - 3D printing can greatly reduce complexity in the production life cycle. No need to produce massive quantities, worry about supply chain management, or inventory. <br><br>It's possible to produce products the moment they are needed. And, if a part breaks, you can grind it up and feed it back into the printer to reprint a fresh part.<br><br>For me, this was just right for simple sketches... and I enjoyed the time at the kitchen table watching my children putting theirs together.<br>
I'll be darned, that is a heap of interesting facts I never thought possible I like the part of using the material again. Cool stuff, thank You much. ~(:-})
Good idea! I might have my students making something similar out of wood in woodwork class.
<p>This is a great idea! Having a useful compass is not negosiable. </p>

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