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Old 11-12-2017, 02:52 PM
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Gday Brent

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Most of the stuff I see is just another variation on a phone holder
Which is exactly what i need at present,
and a 3D printer could make one very easily.

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( Just broke ankle and zimmerframe has no way to hold phone
or attach a std holder )
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Old 11-12-2017, 04:38 PM
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Oh Geez Andrew, that's a bit of a bummer. Sorry I can't help there but there's probably a few who are already leaping into the task to use their printer for a real job.
( C'mon guys, who's first off the rank ? )
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Old 11-12-2017, 06:09 PM
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No need for anybody to do anything,
i just got a shirt with more pockets
( theres more than one way to skin a cat )
Just pointing out that a humble phone holder sometimes can be
a very valid project.

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Old 12-12-2017, 07:54 AM
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Gday Brent
No need for anybody to do anything,
i just got a shirt with more pockets
( theres more than one way to skin a cat )
Just pointing out that a humble phone holder sometimes can be
a very valid project.

Andrew
Agreed, but you only need one ....... till you change phones..

Take care eh ?
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Andrew, A stroke took away my left arm and i had to learn to walk again, barely with a stick. I'm already a walking zombie, don't be a walking phone zombie, they arent that important. And yes I make things to help my disability but havent yet bothered hanging crap off my walking stick, pare down to real essentials and have a good pocket is all you actually need.
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Old 12-12-2017, 11:07 AM
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Gday Sil

Sorry to hear re your situation.
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don't be a walking phone zombie, they arent that important.
After seeing some of the other poor sods in casualty, i felt positively lucky to only have a simple fracture, but that said, it needed surgery to stabilise it, then 6 weeks of no load bearing. As such, i need to keep a phone with me at all times for the first weeks or so, in case i need to call for help ( or get my next appointment details )
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pare down to real essentials
Already have
I got a mate to buy me an "executive chair" on castors.
Then we made a few aluminium ramps to get over carpet edges etc and now i can fang it all around the house using only one leg.
Just reading old novels now waiting for the cricket to start

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Old 13-12-2017, 08:31 AM
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.... now i can fang it all around the house

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Way to go !
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Hi Sil,
Been checking those out but I still don't see anything I'd want to print. My interest is in building new components for scopes , bikes etc. Most of the stuff I see is just another variation on a phone holder or some wee sculpted critter.
I need to get my head around using 3D design software to build eg Scope truss brackets or focuser components. I don't do model planes, rockets, robotics, drones or whatever so no desire to go there. I want stuff I can actually use and cannot be fabricated easily any other way. At present the Lathe\mill manages most of this.
But I'll keep looking and checking just to see if something changes my mind.. Must be a good reason somewhere. If and when then I'll be in like Flynn..
The thing is that most online videos show people printing off useless gadgets with bright coloured filaments, but there's so much more that can be achieved with a 3D printer. Although they may only print plastic it doesn't mean that you only have to make things in plastic. You can always combine it with other materials and together with some electronics the amount of use increases, but things don't always have to be functional.

Sometimes you find that you want to make something look aesthetically more pleasing. Everyone likes a pretty bike. I find that most people just print something and leave it at that which is perfectly fine. However, in the real world most things go through some kind of finishing process which might be something to add to your prints (Useful for prototypes and presentations).

A couple of little things I've made for my astro gear are:
Filter wheel housing. It's a cheap manual one which sometimes let stray light so I made a new one that's better sealed and also eliminates dust from getting in there as well.

Focuser housing. The old one looked liked a retro TV remote that wouldn't close with the battery in place. Now the battery fits properly, it's ergonomically friendly and has nice modern curves.

While these aren't overly complex or sophisticated things they are useful for me.
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