13 Feb '18, 7pm

The Most Utilitarian 3D Print Has the Widest Reach

My ‘Repairs you can print’ that I’m most proud of was so easy. My wife bought a 2012 Volkswagen Beetle second hand four years ago, she loves that car. Grabbed the lever to adjust the AC vents and all the louvered vanes slumped into a pile. All crooked, couldn’t shut the air vents off, nor direct the air where you wanted to anymore. Looked up the price for that assembly and…… noooooope! Don’t remember the figure, but I do remember it was hundreds of dollars beyond my comfort zone to pay. At the time the car was new enough that junk yard finds weren’t plentiful. Pulled the dash apart, got to the offending vent and got it apart to see what failed. One of the vanes had a single pin broken off. Each vane was connected to the one above and below, so one broken vane made the rest fall like dominos. My plan was to get the calipers out, measure it to death, print a few iterations t...

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