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3d printed replacement parts for synths

Post by Jabberwalky » Sat Dec 05, 2015 4:12 pm

I have access to a ton of 3d printers. They are FDM based, using either ABS or PLA plastics. PLA is generally more sturdy, and is a green material which biodegrades after 30 years or so.

So, I've been thinking of printing parts for synths to replace things which are unobtanium. Things like battery covers, slider caps etc.

However, the parts take some work. First off, the part needs to be modeled in 3d, so I would probably only make parts that a lot of people are looking for. Secondly, it's not the most cost efficient. A single small slider cap would be around $10 usd to produce. The parts will not be exact, and aren't painted. They are basically "Functional replicas". They do not look like molded, mass produced parts.

I'm just posting this to gauge the level of interest

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Post by minime123 » Sat Dec 05, 2015 8:32 pm

i think this is a great idea. we will probably hire someone locally to reproduce a few plastic parts in the not too distant future.
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Re: 3d printed replacement parts for synths

Post by Rooftree » Mon Dec 07, 2015 5:25 am

I went this route when I needed a slider cap for an ARP mixer. It took two iterations before I got a version to fit great on the slider shaft. I had to sand and paint the slider to get it to look great. Skipping the sanding/painting step will save costs.

Battery covers are a great idea. You'll need to set up the FDM build orientation so any snap legs on the battery cover won't be running across the build layers.

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Re: 3d printed replacement parts for synths

Post by Ashe37 » Mon Dec 07, 2015 5:35 am

the rubber parts could probably be run off in 'ninjaflex'

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Re: 3d printed replacement parts for synths

Post by desmond » Mon Dec 07, 2015 5:51 pm

Great idea. Casio CZ sliders are notorious for being lost (I have two missing ones on the CZ-1 I bought off ebay) and most CZ-3000/5000/1's you see on the market have at least one missing vol/chorus slider.

Would happily pay for some.

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Re: 3d printed replacement parts for synths

Post by garranimal » Mon Dec 07, 2015 5:56 pm

Replacement keys? The ARP Solina keys have gone extinct. I've already spent $50-60 casting 2 in latex molds, it was a PITA.

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Re: 3d printed replacement parts for synths

Post by Ashe37 » Mon Dec 07, 2015 6:14 pm

i've considered doing this, i have hears off experience as a 3d artist so i *can* model the things... but the problem is that unless you have a handy dimensioned drawing of them, i'd need the original in order to make a copy. Only once, tho...

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Re: 3d printed replacement parts for synths

Post by gcoudert » Mon Dec 07, 2015 7:24 pm

Could I just 3D print myself a whole Jupiter 8?!
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Re: 3d printed replacement parts for synths

Post by Ashe37 » Mon Dec 07, 2015 7:42 pm

no.

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Re: 3d printed replacement parts for synths

Post by wiss » Wed Dec 09, 2015 6:11 am

Teenage engineering will give you the specs if you need or want to print off a broken part.,
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