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We collaborated with Alec Steele to create a 3D model of a vise combining all of his favorite features across his many vises, then we cast it bronze, sanded it, and polished to create a beautiful desk vise. Due to popular demand, you can now 3D print a vise of your own! This set of parts has been modified to be as 3D printable as possible with minimal post-processing.
You may be able to get away with printing without supports, but for the ideal surface, supports are recommended for the Static Jaw, Dynamic Jaw, Handle Knobs, and Meatball and Leadscrew. If you need some help with adhesion, print "Handle" and "Meatball and Leadscrew" with a brim.
In testing, the leadscrew snapped off the meatball with minimal effort, so you have two options: pint it with 2 perimeters for a desk toy, or print with at least 4 perimeters to give it enough strength so it stays together.
Only three pieces of hardware are needed: two M3x10 socket head cap screws are needed for the handle knobs, and an M3 set screw for the washer.
You can watch Part 1 and Part 2 to 3D Printing a Bench Vise right here:
Put simply, MatterHackers is the smart place to shop for all things 3D printing and digital manufacturing. The MatterHackers pros are here to partner with you through every step of your journey turning idea into reality and here are just a few of the perks you’ll receive as a customer:
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