Introduction: Better Xacto Knife Handles (now With V2)
I created these handles in order compensate for an Xacto blade's angle. As shown in the second photo, this makes the cutting edge steeper, which is better when doing precision cutting as it keeps the point downward without the need to uncomfortably hold your hand upright. A resin printer will likely yield the best results, but I printed this on my Prusa MK2.5S and it turned out great.
The following steps explain how to assemble the keychain Xacto knife; to assemble the full-length version, just follow the same steps, omitting the loop.
Filament (I used PLA)
one M2*4mm screw
one M2 washer
one M2 nut
M2 allen wrench
loop of some kind (I used some dog tag chain)
Step 1: Printing the Handle and Cap
Update 10/29/20: I have created a much stronger and more functional design for the purpose of FDM printing, but it still has the same assembly instructions.
Xacto Handle V1 files and info here: https://www.prusaprinters.org/prints/41096-v1-bett...
Xacto Handle V2 files and info here: https://www.prusaprinters.org/prints/41102-v2-bet...
V1 Print instructions
As mentioned before, I printed my parts in PLA on my Prusa MK2.5S.
Print the files at 103% scale, with a 0.1mm layer height, 2 perimeters, 20% infill, and a brim.
Do whatever PLA temps you prefer.
For the long handle, slow down your print speeds.
V2 Print instructions
Use whatever settings you prefer! The handle is already scaled, and since it prints flat on the bed, you don't need any special settings.
For reference, I used 0.2 mm layers height, 2 perimeters, 20% infill. Optionally, use a brim. You will need to cut/drill out some material from the bolt hole, which is there to prevent the need for support material.
Step 2: Gather Your Parts
Make sure you have the following:
Full length or keychain handle
M2 allen wrench
Loop of choice
Step 3: Inserting the Nut
Take the handle and insert the nut as shown in the first photo. If you can press it in manually, that great! My print was snug, so I simply took the screw and allen wrench and tightened the screw. Once the nut was flush with the back of the print, as shown in the third photo, unscrew the screw.
Step 4: Insert Blade
Take your blade of choice and in place it so the sharp edge lines up with the handle and the blade's hole lines up with the screw hole. Holding the blade, place your washer on the screw and insert it into the hole in the blade and tighten.
Step 5: Cap and Loop
The cap is not centered on the blade, so in order for it to fit, you need to flip it the right way. If you get it on the wrong way, just turn it around and the blade will slip into its corresponding hole. Adding the loop is as simple as feeding it through the hole and connecting/tying it.
Step 6: Conclusion
Congrats! Now you have an Xacto knife that cuts more efficiently than a normal handle. I like to keep a couple of these around the house and one on my backpack, just in case.
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