I’ve owned and been writing about my MakerBot Replicator 2 for almost a year now.
During that time I’ve downloaded and 3D printed countless items from Thingiverse.
Although I’ve also designed many items myself, mostly using Tinkercad, a lot of this stuff has been customised items, like keyrings with names on or other items which wouldn’t be much use to anyone else.
Since discovering OpenSCAD a few weeks ago I’ve been playing around with it quite a bit and am becoming quite a big fan of it. I’ve used OpenSCAD to design and 3D print a few little test objects but up until now, nothing too useful.
The Smallest Thing I’ve Ever Designed
Whilst fixing up a rental property recently, I noticed that three of the roller blind cords had lost their connectors. Nothing unusual there, as most tenants seem to enjoy trashing the place in any way they can think of, this just being one of the many.
I managed to find some injection moulded connectors online but I really wanted them now and as I have six such blinds in the property, thought it might be a good idea to make my own as I’d need more in the future.
After spending a little while searching Thingiverse I found no such connectors, so I was left with designing my own. Ok, so at this point I might have been better spending a little cash and just ordering them online, but where’s the fun in that?
When I’d finished, after a few little prototypes and tweaks, I posted it on a few of the social networks.
To my surprise quite a few of my friends said that they’d broken or lost some of these themselves and asked if I could send them some.
I guess the beauty of making these myself is that I can make them in any color to match the blinds, not just in white or clear, which most of them injection moulded ones are.
Uploading to Thingiverse
If these little things are actually useful and I couldn’t find any on Thingiverse, then why not upload it to Thingiverse myself?
So I just did. It’s not the most exciting thing in the world but for me it is, as it’s my very first Thingiverse object.
Have a look at it here: Roller Blind Beaded Cord Connector on Thingiverse. I’ve also included the OpenSCAD file so you can see exactly how it’s designed and modify it if needed.
A few weeks ago I wrote about my first impressions of OpenSCAD if you fancy a go with it. It’s free open source software and I know we all like ‘free’.
Uploading the .STL, OpenSCAD files and images to Thingiverse is surprisingly easy. Just enter some text too to help people make your items successfully and you’re good to go.
I don’t expect you to rush to download my connectors and make them now, as they’re only useful if you have broken or lost some yourself. What I did want to achieve from this article though is to encourage you to design your own stuff and then share it with the rest of the world if it’s useful.
For me, that’s what 3D printing is really all about, empowering people to design, make and share their own items.
In the spirit of this, please feel free to Like, Share and Comment on this post if you found it interesting. Also feel free to download my FREE Beginners Guide to 3D Printing at Home eBook if you need more inspiration or a helping hand.
Many thanks for taking the time to read this.