3D printed iPad wall mount and a couple of reasons 3D printing is cool

We have a couple older spare iPads sitting around from the last mission and I got the idea yesterday afternoon that we could use one to monitor our sensors/power. We constantly monitor our power so that we have enough to make it through each night using just our batteries. I thought always having it there on the kitchen wall might make keeping an eye on it a bit easier. One of the things I really like about 3D printing is the ability to have an idea and a few hours later have the finished parts. I had a working version designed, printed and put up on the wall last night. This morning I did a revised version with a power button and swapped that up there.

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Another item I printed recently was a working ratcheting wrench. This was a model created by Made in Space and was recently uploaded to the space station for printing on their printer in orbit. It can only tighten fasteners and has a low torque limit but shows some of the interesting possibilities of 3D printing. The model is available from NASA along with a number of other 3D models.

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The wrench is made up of three freely moving parts (handle, gear/socket stud and pawl) that are printed in a single run. This is another ability of 3D printing that allows for some designs that would be difficult or impossible to manufacture with other methods. My first couple attempts at printing this weren’t successful due to the ABS being extruded at too high a temperature and having all the parts fuse together but I got it sorted out and now all the parts move cleanly.

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5 comments

  1. mike_bigger@comcast.net · · Reply

    Hey Zak,

    Nice work with the 3D printer and design. This technology opens up so many possibilities. I’ve really enjoyed your posts, especially the creative cooking. Enjoy the challenges !

    Best,

    MikeB

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  2. Elizabeth Gallagher · · Reply

    Your blog is a shining light of creativity. I love it. Thank you for taking the time and spending the energy to update me:)

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  3. Zak, kudos to you for the creativity you bring to technology. I like to know more about the dashboard of the power consumption displayed on the iPads. BTW, I came across a printable (Atlas-like) iPad stand you might like: http://www.shapeways.com/model/502440/infinite-sisu-ipad-stand.html

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  5. […] done a lot of 3D printing (over 600 parts and counting). I talked about why 3D printing is cool and stupid. Some of my designs I’ve posted to thingiverse […]

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