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This series of posts is just the latest of many reasons why I heart the I Heart Engineering team’s I Heart Robotics (the internet blog). It consists of 3 posts, so far, each of which examines the use of a particular type of threaded fastener in fused-filament plastic parts like those produced by most desktop 3D printers. So far, they’ve hit common wood screws, special self-tapping plastic screws, and machine screws paired with these cool melt-in threaded inserts you can get (along with a special soldering iron tip for installing and removing them) from McMaster-Carr. The posts include downloadable data and specific recommendations for each type of fastener. If you build stuff with fused-filament parts, don’t miss it, and keep an eye peeled for the next installment. [via adafruit]

I Heart Robotics: Fasteners for 3D Printing

Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.


  • http://blog.makezine.com/2012/06/13/choosing-fasteners-for-3d-printed-parts-part-4/ MAKE | Choosing Fasteners for 3D Printed Parts – Part 4

    […] Earlier this month, we linked out to the first three posts in the I Heart Robotics team’s ongoing series about choosing hardware for the fused-filament parts that come off your RepRap-type 3D printer. On Sunday, they published the fourth installment, this time focusing on the best way to make a rotating pin joint between two printed beams, for instance in the “knee” of a robot leg. They experiment with various configurations of pop rivets, tubular rivets, flat washers, spring washers, clevis pins, and E-rings. Click through, below, to check out their results. […]

  • http://www.itclips.net/2012/06/13/choosing-fasteners-for-3d-printed-parts-part-4/ Choosing Fasteners for 3D Printed Parts – Part 4

    […] Earlier this month, we linked out to the first three posts in the I Heart Robotics team’s ongoing series about choosing hardware for the fused-filament parts that come off your RepRap-type 3D printer. On Sunday, they published the fourth installment, this time focusing on the best way to make a rotating pin joint between two printed beams, for instance in the “knee” of a robot leg. They experiment with various configurations of pop rivets, tubular rivets, flat washers, spring washers, clevis pins, and E-rings. Click through, below, to check out their results. […]

  • http://blog.makezine.com/2012/10/16/tool-review-engineer-ph-55-scissors-gt/ MAKE | Tool Review: Engineer PH-55 Scissors GT

    […] Choosing Fasteners for Fused Filament Parts […]

  • http://www.itclips.net/2012/10/17/tool-review-engineer-ph-55-scissors-gt/ Tool Review: Engineer PH-55 Scissors GT

    […] Choosing Fasteners for Fused Filament Parts […]

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