3D Printing Fully Functional Platform Jack as Single Fully Assembled Print

3D Printing Fully Functional Platform Jack as Single Fully Assembled Print



or where's Yasim hey what's up nerdgasm fans Jerry here a ka-bar nucleus and I think it's about time we get into some 3d printing stuff again or just make her things in general now a while ago I did a 3d printing video that became very popular and that was 3d printing and testing the NASA space wrench now if you guys haven't seen that video I have a link down in the video description and I urge you to watch it but the short version of the story is NASA figured out how to engineer a ratchet that prints as a single piece on a standard desktop 3d printer and it actually breaks away into a ratcheting component and works is a functional tool now the reason why this was important is because the International Space Station has a 3d printer but it's just like my desktop 3d printers like the ulti makers and MakerBot's of the world where they just use in process called FDM which just extrudes filament through a hot end which then liquefies it then it deposits it and it basically re solidifies and it's a very very simple and inexpensive way to create things but creating moving parts is exceedingly difficult since everything has to be touching because you build a layer on top of another layer on top of itself now I thought this was cool that they overcame that challenge with engineering of the 3d model but what blew my mind was when I found this guy right here this is a platform Jack printed is a single piece yes look at this this guy right here was printed as a single piece in a single 3d model on an FDM based desktop printer specifically the Ultimaker 2 and it just blows my mind because it has not just one moving part it's all moving parts so guys if you want to see how I 3d printed this and got this to work just stay tuned alright guys well the first thing we're going to do is we're going to go to thingiverse.com this is actually a website for finding 3d items to print on your desktop 3d printer that were created by other users in the community now there's many different sites and repositories but Thingiverse is one of my favorites so we're going to go up into the search box and we're just going to type platform Jack and press Enter now you can see the first item here is actually the Jack we're going to be printing in this video but you can see there's already some people that have changed up the design to use bolts and things like that but we're going to use the original and this was created by intentional 3d right here and you can see on Thingiverse it shows you several different pictures of what the project will look like he talks about some of the updates the projects and revisions that he's made and then down here even talks about how he printed it layer height and all kinds of information this is pretty typical of projects on Thingiverse so what we want to do is we want to go download this item so let's go ahead and click download this thing and then down here you can see there's several different iterations of it there's this platform Jack STL which looks like it was published on 7/16 then on 722 there was an updated one and then another one that he created with even higher tolerances so the one I downloaded was the one with the highest tolerances which is the 0.65 millimetre tolerances just to give myself the best chance of success you go ahead and click on that item and it'll download to your computer all right so now that we have the 3d model downloaded I have my slicer open here specifically its corrosion 15.0 4.3 by Ultimaker now this is one of my favorite slicers or I should say my favorite free slicer if you're looking to spend a little money and get a better slicer check out simplify 3d but as far as free slicers go I like this one the best you can configure it for any printer that you want I have mine set up for my Ultimaker too and so what we're going to do is we're gonna go ahead and drag in the model right now this is the platform Jack the 65 millimeter tolerance version and you see it's loading here on the platform now one thing you want to know is do not change the orientation of this do not rotate it do not move it around the platform just leave it centered right here trust me it'll give you your best results so what I want to do is I don't want to just print the platform Jack that was designed I want to scale it up I want to go big or go home here so we're going to go ahead and scale it up to 200% by putting in two mang0 scale factor and you can see now it fills most of the build platform I mean this thing is absolutely huge now a couple of other things I want to change I want to come over here make sure that I'm using a 0.2 millimeter layer height and the reason for that being is it's going to cut down print time dramatically it will affect the quality of the print but honestly even at point two it's going to look good at this scale I also changed my fill density to 80% whereas the person that created this on Thingiverse said that he only used 15% infill but I had some problems with breakage so I wanted to go for a much stronger part now another thing you want to make sure is make sure that support type is set to none and make sure platform adhesion is set to none you do not want either of those enabled because what they'll do is they'll print additional material to try to hold up the floating parts and what it'll do is it'll bind everything together and it's not going to work so the whole magic of this item is making sure that you do not use support material and I'll show you a little bit more about that after we print the object now if we switch over to the layers view here you can see our total print time is going to be 58 hours and 25 minutes now I found in Kerr that the print times are often inaccurate so I wouldn't trust that but pretty much allow yourself to full days to print this item I mean it's it's literally going to take that long because of the infill and because of how tall the item is the z-axis is what slows things down the most on these printers you can see right now even at a point 0.2 millimeter layer height we have over 900 layers that this thing has to print this thing is absolutely massive all right there's only one thing left to do let's go ahead and send this thing over to 3d printer and sit on our hands for a couple days you all right so the final product off the 3d printer is a box this is what you get and it's actually fused together lightly when you first print it so when you take it off it's a solid piece so what you have to do is grab it and wiggle it around a little bit to break some of the things free and then you want to gently gently turn the knob now I've already broke this one free but you do have to be very very gentle the first one that I printed I actually broke the knob off because I was getting too aggressive with it you want to ease it back and forth clean the threads and get everything to break loose but then once everything is loose you can set the jack down and just turn the knob and it'll actually expand you'll see this jack actually gets really tall like that here I'm gonna take it all the way up to its maximum height here what you can see again I mean for something that's just printed is a box okay so that's let's see that's max height right there and it actually can bear a fair amount of weight it's not bad like for instance here's my my old camera I'll set it up there it has no problem with that I can also lower it got to get it to bite the threads there we go and it'll go back down now of course I've noticed the taller that it is um the less weight it's going to support because it does start to get a little bit of fragile as the scissors move closer towards this side alright I'll give you guys a little bit of a close-up here you can see down here immediately that the quality actually isn't that good you can see some stringing along the edge here and that's because they can't use support material normally what you do is you'd use support material between these areas and you can't do that because it would fuse the parts together and they wouldn't be allowed to move so instead it just bridges this entire massive gap and keep in mind guys I actually printed this thing at 200% I didn't print this at the stock size this is double the size that you would get if you just printed the model after downloading it uh so I I really like the results considering how far it had to bridge some of these areas you can see there's some quality issues right back along this edge here and some places that need some cleanup but it worked fine without this model has no clean yep this is straight off the printer as I'm using it you see the knob there when I'm turning the mechanism uh it's actually printed threaded through that hole which I find absolutely fascinating guys I mean literally it printed when it was in this orientation it was printing it actually printed that box around that without enough of that thread fusing together um to prevent it from working and I don't know I find that pretty damn amazing I would love to hear what you guys think down in the comments you can also see down here at the bottom basically these little guys just slide along the little groove but again when the things printed there is a little bit of fusion between the parts that you do have to break free so like I said just be gentle with it and just wiggle it a lot and make sure that you know everything's good and broken free before doing anything or really torquing on that knob so if you twerk on this knob too hard when it's all fused together you will break it off and I already did that once and that was a huge waste of material now the original model only called for about 15% infill to print the part a lot faster but I went with 80% in folks like I said when I broke the knob the first time I was a little apprehensive and I wanted to increase my odds but realize it dramatically increased the print time on this the print time on this was insanely long but as you can see it is a very large part compared to most of the stuff I 3d print and the fact that it scaled up and it still works it's fantastic because you will find with 3d printing that scaling certain things can expose some weaknesses and stuff where they're fine is a small part but not that great is a large part or vice versa um and this thing works absolutely perfect I I kind of want to try one where I down scale it and print it at a much smaller size now this specific one I printed using color fab xt which is actually a material that's similar to PLA and how it prints except for it has a much higher melting temperature which makes it a lot more resilient to being set out in the Sun and things like that not necessarily something that's really important to this project but I did want to use a durable material because it does have a lot of parts rubbing around all right let's take my heavy Dewalt screwdriver here and set it on top it bends a little bit but it does hold the weight this is actually a pretty heavy-duty drill so it's got quite a bit of weight to it let's find something else what about my giant arch audio.speaker this thing weighs about I want to say 8 or 10 pounds you got to balance it it wants to it's holding it it wants to tilt and Teeter a little bit but that's that's a lot of weight I didn't think that was gonna hold but of course if you tilt it forward it's gonna want to try to snap Oh surprisingly it's doing all right how about my Dyson vacuum this thing's gotta weigh 20 plus pounds ah it works I'm having to keep it from leaning over but it's supporting it woohoo you can tell it's treated oh its current clan oh it's old and though okay I have to say so far I'm pretty impressed I didn't think that it was going to hold the vacuum the mechanism is still working how about a krk studio monitor these things actually weigh a lot I would say they weigh similar to the vacuum but I might be able to actually let go of it which is she's squatting a little bit but it's holding it look at this you could use the scissor lift like position your studio monitors having to support it while I jack it up because it's creating too much friction on this group but there you go studio monitors stands you can get them perfectly a head height oh that's not head height let's put it down a little bit a little bit a little bit there we go now keep in mind I printed this at 200% you could probably even scale it up a little more than that like 250 or 300 it's going to be fit up a little also be sure to check the Thingiverse page which i've linked in the video description because they're constantly revising this thing to make it stronger I believe when I printed it wasn't even the final design so as you guys can see it is supporting the speaker here and it's doing a damn good job of it I mean I'm actually surprised at that but it's kind of cool you can use them for speaker stands you could use them for working on like RC cars and stuff like that I think it's a really cool concept but my mind is really blown away because I think it illustrates what 3d printers are really capable of you're not just limited by the limitations of the 3d printer you can actually design around those limitations like this person did and design something with a lot of moving parts and I'm really excited to see what other kind of cool stuff people come up with because I printed stuff like fans and gear boxes where you printed all the individual parts and put them together but this is the first thing that I printed that had this many moving parts is a single thing I pulled this off the build platform as a single part if you look at the parts like this one right here you can clearly see that there's no way to take that apart it's actually printed in such a way that it's through the groove so it's it's tucked that way you're not disassembling this thing without actually breaking it I think that's something else that makes it really really cool I really would love to hear what you guys think about this platform jack down in the comments please let me know because this is this is very very fascinating to me and I'd imagine to a lot of you guys it's fascinating also because this just makes me want to print more stuff on my 3d printer because it's one thing to pray inanimate objects but it's another thing entirely to print something is one piece they just break off and it just it just moves because this is stuff that before I started printing stuff like this in the NASA space wrench I thought you'd have to have a printer that was you know 150,000 plus dollars that that used like the powder and the fusion and everything to separate the parts and do mechanical stuff and the fact that you can do this with a desktop 3d printer uh in a lot of cases that's under a thousand dollars that's mind-blowing I would like to take a moment right now to thank our awesome sponsor for this video and that is lynda.com now for those of you that are unfamiliar with lynda.com they're 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