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    3D-Printed MT-3 (Morse Taper) Shelf Inserts

    Built some new metal shelves for the Lathe area and needed a way to hold the new Lathe’s (Morse Taper) MT-3 tooling secure.

    3D-printed ABS plastic inserts seemed like a solution …

    I could have used rubber Grommets ... but where is the fun in that?

    3D-Printed MT-3 (Morse Taper) Shelf Inserts-mt-3-tooling-3dprinted-inserts-1.jpg

    Designed the ABS plastic inserts using SolidWorks CAD Software ~ The inner hole has the same 1.4377 degree taper from center line as the MT-3 Tooling.

    3D-Printed MT-3 (Morse Taper) Shelf Inserts-sw-morse-taper-3.jpg

    Converted the SolidWorks CAD file into a 3D-Printing STL file and started the 3D-Printer ...

    3D-Printed MT-3 (Morse Taper) Shelf Inserts-3d-printing-mt-3-abs-inserts.jpg

    The finished 3D-Printed ABS plastic inserts pressed into the 1.5″ diameter holes I cut in the sheet metal shelf using a hole-saw on the drill press.

    3D-Printed MT-3 (Morse Taper) Shelf Inserts-mt-3-inserts-test-fit.jpg

    Once the MT-3 Tooling was secure in the 3D-Printed inserts … Decided to make a ‘quick access’ 3D-Printed ‘Cup Holder’ for the drill chuck key.

    3D-Printed MT-3 (Morse Taper) Shelf Inserts-close-up-view-3d-printed-cup.jpg

    Found some scrap 5/8″ round-stock steel and used the lathe to bore a hole in it the same size as the chuck key handle diameter … Then pressed the chuck key into the round stock creating a comfortable handle chuck key unit.

    Wanted it easy to use the Chuck Key so designed the 3D-Printed ‘Cup Holder’ type design about 1.875″ deep with a loose fitting diameter of 0.700″.

    3D-Printed MT-3 (Morse Taper) Shelf Inserts-finished-lathe-shelves.jpg

    The best part is while I kept working in the Workshop, the 3D-Printer was making the ABS plastic inserts in the house … Felt like getting twice the work done!!

    Sometimes the simplest of items can be very helpful.

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    Last edited by MetalDesigner; 12-17-2014 at 11:25 AM.

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    kbalch (12-12-2014), Paul Jones (12-16-2014)

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    Very nicely done! Those inserts definitely add a custom touch.

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    Sorry my mistakes in english.
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    Thanks MetalDesigner! I've added your 3D-Printed Shelf Inserts to our Miscellaneous and Storage and Organization categories, as well as to your builder page: MetalDesigner's Homemade Tools. Your receipt:


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    This is a great idea. Now I have to get my son-in-law to print some of these for me.

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    These look great. Terrific idea

    Barry

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    Great idea and design. The 3D printing application makes all the better. Thank you for showing us the concept in SolidWorks!

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    Let me know when you have some sizes Jack and I will draw them up and either I or Keith can print you some :-)


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