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I have a Monoprice Maker Select Mini ... it works pretty well for what it is - a $200 3D printer. The only insurmountable challenge is the small size, but I live in a small condo so it works for me. There is a public workshop in the neighborhood where I can make larger prints if I need to.

Tangential to off topic topic: I made an acetone vapor chamber from a paper towel dipped in nail polish remover and a mason jar and made a really nice shiny Benchy boat last night, it looks beautiful!

 

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I have a Monoprice Maker Select Mini ... it works pretty well for what it is - a $200 3D printer. The only insurmountable challenge is the small size, but I live in a small condo so it works for me. There is a public workshop in the neighborhood where I can make larger prints if I need to.

 

Tangential to off topic topic: I made an acetone vapor chamber from a paper towel dipped in nail polish remover and a mason jar and made a really nice shiny Benchy boat last night, it looks beautiful!

 

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Impressive bridges! Especially for 200 dollar printer!

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Alaska! I had the library print me one of these, and it is absolutely perfect! Thank you so much for the work you put into that... so much awesomeness! Now I need to find some slightly yellowed "Mac Platinum" spray paint! Edited by joethezombie
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Make Magazine does a yearly round-up and review of 3D printers:

 

http://makezine.com/comparison/3dprinters/

 

Thanks for the link.  Just wanted to say that my work ended up buying 2 Prusia 3D printers to replace the Makerbot 2 that never worked from day one.  We're selling our Makerbot to a company that buys refurbished Makerbot 1 and 2s.  We hope to get them by this summer.  They're on crazy backorder.

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...I've been wanting someone to print a Programmer's Switch for the SE and/or SE/30 for a while now, but even through my (admittedly short-ish) searches, I couldn't find one...

 

I *could* attempt to make one in Blender, but I don't have a reference piece and I don't have a 3D printer here at college (well, the MakerSpace has one, but I don't think I should burn all of my free prints on failed attempts :p )

 

Anyone willing to try making one? :)

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...I've been wanting someone to print a Programmer's Switch for the SE and/or SE/30 for a while now, but even through my (admittedly short-ish) searches, I couldn't find one...

 

As far as I have been able to tell there isn't one available in the wild.  I modeled one a year or two ago and printed a couple.  I lost my original files though.  The fact that someone is specifically asking for it might be motivation to go looking.  I think I emailed the STL file to someone maybe I can find that at least if not my cad files.

 

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I found the files! :D

 

For strength it must be printed vertically with supports.  I tried many times to print it face down without supports but the long pieces that actually press the buttons inside the Mac always sheer off between layers.

 

MacSE_Debug(vert).stl.zip

 

If anyone prints one I'd love to see pictures and hear feedback.  There were a few revisions before this one and the design may yet be improved.

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We need to start a Wiki page collection of 3D printable Mac parts for easy access.  Scrolling through pages of discussion is sub-optimal. I've also seen other people have modeled some of the same things I have which is a silly duplication of effort that could be invested in creating even MORE Mac parts!  

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I would be happy to write a Wiki page, but I will first need to ask Cory for wiki access.

 

Also, I got a 3D print of the programmers switches! My friend did it on his printer, it should be here in a week. I will post pics and let everyone know!

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How wide is the bezel, six, seven inches? That wouldn't be a big issue, there are plenty of printers with print areas large enough for that. Even if it was 10 inches wide, that would still be printable, albeit with a larger printer.

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I think even my tiny RepRap could handle a CDROM Bezel if I fit it diagonally so almost ANY printer could probably print one.  Modelling from an original part isn't difficult at all.  I really enjoy it actually.  Some of those mac parts have some absolutely crazy geometry though.  I spent a couple hours one day calculating all the radii of a particular case front to get a model correct.

 

I think the biggest obstacle with making new models is that you need:

A:  The original part or at very least the machine it would go on to use for measurements.

B: Some CAD package and a bit of talent using it.

C: Your own functioning 3D printer to do test prints on.

 

I actually got into 3D printing because my first models failed to print correctly and I didn't know why.  I built a printer from scratch to understand how they worked and how to design my models in a suitable manner to make them print nicely.  Just because you make a perfect replica of a part doesn't necessarily yield a printable replacement.  Often some element just doesn't print well and you have to develop some strategy for compensating while maintaining the original aesthetic.

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So, everyone who is interested in new Mac II, SE, and SE/30 programmers switches, I have AMAZING news for you! :D

 

Lets the pictures of the print out speak for themselves!:

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Your welcome everyone :)

 

Now, there are some supports to trim away, but over all it is looking pretty good!

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ArmorAlley and I have exchanged PMs, and I am thinking about doing a run of 20-30 pieces or so. If I can get someone else interested, then I think it will be worth my time to do so!

 

I am still refining my materials selection, so I don't have any final cost numbers yet, but I am hoping to make these very affordable.

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