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Do you 3D Print your Survival Preps or want to in the future?

If so, share some ideas - what do you like to print or wish to print?
 

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I will start with:
1. Screws & Washier Parts
2. Door Latches / Hinges
3. Wrenches
 

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I'm interested but I honestly don't know what 3D printers are capable of.
If I knew there was a really solid use for them I would likely get one myself.
 

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I'm interested but I honestly don't know what 3D printers are capable of.
If I knew there was a really solid use for them I would likely get one myself.
How can I say this. Anything and everything that comes to small items that I described. You have to think outside of the box, and see if you can find the items already available. Use a website like: Thingiverse - Digital Designs for Physical Objects to check them out
 

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I have a 3 d printer, used it a ton, but I don’t know that I’d trust it for building materials like screws and latches. even the resin printers produce nice, but not overly durable items.
Correct. I wouldn't trust them for the regular PVA materials.
 

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I mainly use mine to fabricate parts I either can't order or don't want to spend the money on that are needed to fix something plastic that broken.

I did print up some rope tensioners to put in my camping gear. Used glow-in-the-dark ABS and used them on guyline tie-outs for my tent. Found the design on Thingiverse somewhere.
Hobby 3D printing isn't up to par with manufactured stuff.... yet. You can make odds and ends, and the occasional really useful item, but we aren't quite to the point of replacing industrial production.
I'm keeping my eye on the advancements in metal 3D printing. If that can ever be economized, we could see another industrial revolution, but on a home user level.
 

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I mainly use mine to fabricate parts I either can't order or don't want to spend the money on that are needed to fix something plastic that broken.

I did print up some rope tensioners to put in my camping gear. Used glow-in-the-dark ABS and used them on guyline tie-outs for my tent. Found the design on Thingiverse somewhere.
Hobby 3D printing isn't up to par with manufactured stuff.... yet. You can make odds and ends, and the occasional really useful item, but we aren't quite to the point of replacing industrial production.
I'm keeping my eye on the advancements in metal 3D printing. If that can ever be economized, we could see another industrial revolution, but on a home user level.
i bought my 3-D resin printer a couple years ago for $250. To get into The same printer tech just 5 years earlier cost a person around $5k. As tech advances, prices come down for the consumer drastically. I serious love my printer and have printed some amazing things. But mostly bobbles and decorations. I don’t know that I’d trust it for anything with serious utilitarian uses. And I’ve played around with settings and different more pliant materials. It just doesn’t have the tensile strength.
 

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I mainly use mine to fabricate parts I either can't order or don't want to spend the money on that are needed to fix something plastic that broken.

I did print up some rope tensioners to put in my camping gear. Used glow-in-the-dark ABS and used them on guyline tie-outs for my tent. Found the design on Thingiverse somewhere.
Hobby 3D printing isn't up to par with manufactured stuff.... yet. You can make odds and ends, and the occasional really useful item, but we aren't quite to the point of replacing industrial production.
I'm keeping my eye on the advancements in metal 3D printing. If that can ever be economized, we could see another industrial revolution, but on a home user level.
The problem with Metal printing is that it requires a furnace at thousand degree temperatures to form the metal. You have to send it to a third party company that will handle it for you only after you finished printing the final version. That's a really long process.

The manufactures call it infused * Metal *

There is a couple companies doing this. Ultimaker, Raised3D to name a few
 

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The problem with Metal printing is that it requires a furnace at thousand degree temperatures to form the metal. You have to send it to a third party company that will handle it for you only after you finished printing the final version. That's a really long process.

The manufactures call it infused * Metal *

There is a couple companies doing this. Ultimaker, Raised3D to name a few
The cutting edge of this tech doesn't require a furnace.
If you've not heard of it, allow me to introduce you to "Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS)":
Yeah, frickin' lazer beams!!!

There are also some folks playing with various welding techniques, and using them as FDM printers deposing layer after layer of weld steel on top of each other.
As you can imagine, this one tends to heat up quite a bit. Needs a lot of work to become viable.
 
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