Improving Our 3D Printer Footing

Installed Foot Icon

When the original foam-rubber feet fell off the MakerBot 3D printer, I fabricated improved feet that hold fast and also provide sound and vibration isolation from my desktop. Using nothing more than the 3D printer itself and some common self-adhesive vinyl standoffs, the 3D printer no operates quietly and with very little transferred vibration to my desk. All for just a few cents worth of plastic filament and common self-adhesive grips from the hardware store that cost less than $3 USD. Continue reading

3D Printable Spool Supports

Old and New Spool Supports Icon

To make the most of our #SciFund crowdfunding support, I printed additional custom supports for less than $1 USD so we can use smaller-diameter lower-cost filament spools than those included with the MakerBot itself. I can now buy spools for $31 USD instead of $48 USD from the printer’s manufacturer, saving a third of the price for a dollar’s worth of effort. Continue reading

3D Printed Leveling Gauge Bracket

3D Printed digital indicator bracket with small rare-earth magnets installed.

The very first item I created using the new MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer was a tool that enhanced the use of the printer itself! The first crude Replicator Bed Level Jig was used to create a more polished version of the jig, and this has been used to regularly balance the 3D printer’s build plate ever since. Continue reading