Introduction: Improv: Make (plastic)-nuts (for Whatever Thread), #1
here is how to make your own nuts - from trash (plastic/bottles).
this technique works for machine-threads as well as wood-screws etc.
Step 1: Materials:
here i use a water-bottle (no.1 plastic, p.e.t.)
cut out a ring/strip (whatever size you desire)
Step 2: Starting:
for demonstration-purpose i use a 10mm bolt (we use for rock-climbing).
wrap the strip about twice around the thread, tightly.
Step 3: Weld the Edges:
join to the edges of the wrap (hear i use a soldering-iron).... so that the wrap cant come loose.
Step 4: Create a ´profile´:
the first windings will make the ´foundation´ of the nut. ´burn´ the profile of the thread into the plastic (without actually burning the wraps) ... (strike... brush... over the plastic with the soldering-iron. p.e.t. will shrink once exposed to heat. between shrinkage and softened plastic the thread-profile will get ´burned´ in.
( btw, this might come handy here : https://www.instructables.com/id/Diy-Custom-tips-... )
Step 5: Build Up Layers
now, with the foundation being locked in, build up the actual nut by additional windings of the plastic-strip.
again, join the edges of the wrap.
and pack the wrap down and tight with the striking-technique (see above - btw, you can use a heatgun etc as well, but _A i dont have enough power to plug one in here, and, _B, i prefer the more subtle soldering-iron)
Step 6: Done
you can create a nut as thick and as wide etc as you wish.
obviously, the more profile-surface you create the stronger the function as a nut.
note: the cover-image above shows the original nut being cut in half.
anyhow, thats it for now (another, maybe better technique to create nuts from trash/plastic will follow at some point)
any questions and any critique is welcome.
thank you all.
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