Thread Number: 43848  /  Tag: Small Appliances
Should I start 3d printing vacuums.
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Post# 457331   10/9/2022 at 10:02 by OldCrankman (Lawrenceburg, Indiana)        

I have been planning on getting a 3d printer for the last 2 months. I was generally wondering if I should get one for Christmas, then I could remake old vacuums to look like the original one although it wont look 100% accurate. You tell me if this would be a cool idea.

Post# 457335 , Reply# 1   10/9/2022 at 15:55 by kirbyklekter (Concord,Ca.)        
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Scott, It's a cool idea, I think you should also ask this over in vintage/contemporary where there's a lot more foot traffic. It's okay, it's relevant in all three categories.Do you have any background in this, looks like there's a bit of a learning curve and a little spendy up front. Just sayin'.

Post# 457336 , Reply# 2   10/9/2022 at 16:08 by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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When certain parts are unobtainium, it could be the only way to go. Of course, the quality of the 3-D printed part is going to depend largely on the type of material you're using. It should work great for trim parts, but structural parts that have a lot of stress on them could be another story altogether. Suffice it to say that, intriguing as the concept may be, we're still quite a way off from Star Trek's replicators.

Post# 457344 , Reply# 3   10/9/2022 at 22:18 by Bob_Smith (North Carolina)        

Its definitely cool.
Being able to print rare parts would be unimaginably helpful, especially for others on here if you so choose. You could be the personal savior of so many vacs missing their wheels and bits and bobs.

As to if its worth it? You are investing in a new hobby, and a really open one at that. People have done far crazier with printers than just sturdy wheels, its something you can really get around with.

Post# 457348 , Reply# 4   10/10/2022 at 03:42 by Vacuumman (California)        

I haven't tried 3D printing an entire vacuum, but I have repaired several vacuums using 3D printed parts. I have successfully printed out wheels, clips, and brackets for various vacuums, but 3D printed plastic isn't quite strong enough to support parts with large amounts of tension on them, such as brushrolls or motor shafts.

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