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.