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3D printing replacement parts? Answered

Recently one of the plastic clips that connect the strap to the mask for my CPAP machine broke. 

They sell replacement clips for the heargear ( 8 bucks for 2 clips). 

My question is would it be cost effective to get replacement clips 3D printed, or am I better off just buying the replacement clips?

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Quadrifoglio

Best Answer 2 years ago

Here are the steps to 3-D printing http://computer.howstuffworks.com/3-d-printing4.htm. Now add to that finding the people to do the work and that have a nylon printer. Now add to that finding the people willing to print a proprietary, possibly patented part. Then figure out what your time is worth. You probably could have earned eight dollars in less time than you have invested in this question.

I do agree that eight bucks for two parts that cost cents to injection mold is annoying. But…I am going to go with “Buy”.

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Downunder35m

2 years ago

No clue, a pic of the part in question would help for sure, same for knowing what materials you can print and have available.
I would get a proper made pair and then print some in Nylon or ABS as spares.

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Downunder35mLorddrake

Answer 2 years ago

Not getting any image from your link but with parts of that size ABS should work quite well.
But IMHO it i only worth 3D printing if you have access to a printer, sending the files away to have them printed will certainly come more expensive than the ordered replacements.

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Downunder35mQuadrifoglio

Answer 2 years ago

That does not look it is an easy print job, at least not if you need to stick to the exact shape.
So unless they break too often I still say 8 bucks for a pack of 2 is not worth printing it yourself.

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LorddrakeDownunder35m

Answer 2 years ago

that seems to be the general consensus. thanks for all your help.

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iceng

2 years ago

I BiPAP and heartily recommend a nasal pillow, so much easier to use, no leak.

Do yourself a favor and look into it.

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Lorddrakeiceng

Answer 2 years ago

I will look into that thanks

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QuadrifoglioLorddrake

Answer 2 years ago

+1 on the nasal pillow. I like the ResMed AirFit™ P10 Nasal Pillow CPAP Mask. It almost eliminated problems with seal leaks.

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