3D-Printing is a fast and sustainable way to produce replacement parts!

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A friend of mine broke his clamp to mount a PlayStation steering wheel controller on the table. This is a perfect opportunity to showcase what 3D-Printing could do. Given that this is a common issue, it was easy to find a replacement part on Thingiverse and print it out in minimal turnaround time. The original file did not include any of the fancy pattering, which is why I spiced it up a bit…

The part was designed by Simpo151 and can be found here.

Finished Part

There’s a neat little trick to do these interesting patterns in the slicer. I use PrusaSlicer, because I very much like the interface, but it should work with most popular slicers. The trick is, to use no top and bottom layers, but instead choose a good infill pattern. This way, The slicer only generates infill on the top and bottom, thus creating the pattern.

If you want to go extra fancy, try adding an M600 color change command just before the last layer starts - this is how I made the blue texture.

Unfortunately, the thread could become more fragile this way, because there is less supporting material. In practice, this didn’t seem to make a big difference.

Wheel

Above you can see a picture of the wheel mounted to the table.

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