Making Replacement Parts with 3D Printing – Layer by Layer
This week we’re tackling a user request to make replacement parts. In this tutorial we’ll walk through the steps to make a battery door cover for a bubble gun. We’ll design the part in Autodesk 123D Design and take a look at using basic features to create the battery door cover.
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This is the first 3D printing idea I’ve seen that is truly practical…Your starting to make me see the possibilities.
BTW, why do people want to make cell phone covers? There are several tutorials on the web about how to fully disassemble most smartphones. Why aren’t more people making their own cell phone chassis/case? I’d loan a Galaxy S3 chassis to experiment with if I can successfully get it apart in one piece.