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Old 02-06-2019, 04:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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3d Print with adding parts (nuts i.e)

As I continue to gain knowledge on the 3d printing scene, I was curious how much success people have had by adding foreign objects into their prints.

I am working on the rapide magazine and the top part screws into the mag itself. I am hoping that I can just leave a void in my print and hit the pause at the correct time, insert the nut and then resume print and it hit the ground running. I am sure its a little more difficult then that. The printer at my work is a flashforge inventor IIs and i see a setting in the slice program that offers the chance to pause, which then asks me for a mm setting. I am hoping it pauses, with the option to resume where it left off on the touch panel. Just curious if anyone has had any experience with this.
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Depending on the software you use, you can insert a pause at a particular layer in order to insert the nut.

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Take a look through the Prusa i3 mk3 assembly manual on their website. The printer uses a lot of trapped hex and square screws, along with machine screws in plain holes. Tywrap slots, t-nuts, bearings, rods, it's very educational in that respect.

The hex nuts usually had to be drawn in with a screw. Two of the square nuts were loose and liked to fall out. The worst part of the whole thing was getting the extruder cable clamp to engage both screws. Other than that, it's a very nice kit.

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Maybe your question was more specific to the actual layup of other parts within the print. I was thinking more about adding small threads to the design, where post print inserts seem to work well.
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