HackSpace magazine

Smash and grab

By Andrew Gregory. Posted

3D-printed objects are usually made of layers of hot plastic, but this Hulk is an example of something quite different: it’s printed out of resin, and set not by a temperature change, but by exposure to UV light. Resin prints are smoother and more detailed than thermosetting plastic (you can just about see the veins on Hulk’s arm), but our favourite difference is watching the process: the object emerges out of a pool of resin like the Terminator at the end of T2 Judgment Day, but in reverse.

Hold tiny stuff firmly in place with this 3D printed vice

We’ve seen a couple of 3D-printed clamps so far, but this is the one that immediately leapt out at us as being potentially useful. First of all, it went together extremely easily, and feels solid. There’s one handle to turn, which is geared to two screws pushing the vice together, so you get even pressure across the whole thing. The nature of 3D-printed plastic means that it’s nowhere near strong enough for metal or woodwork, but for holding PCBs securely for surface mount components, it’s perfect.

Thingiverse user Christoph Laimer (hsmag.cc/bIhjhA) made this – download the files from the link below.


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