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    3D Printing Engraving Fixtures

    Anyone here 3D print fixtures and/or clamps for engraving? I'm thinking about printing some similar to the attached image because most of mine are pretty jacked up and I'm too cheap to buy new ones. I'm wondering if there may already be some .stl files out there for such things. I can't find any. I can draw them if I need to - just trying to avoid it.
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    funny, I'm using those exact fixtures to hold watches I'm engraving right now. 3D printing them sounds like an actual good job for a 3D printer considering what they cost. I only wish they actually held watches decent.

    Sorry, no blueprint designs to offer up...
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    I'd make them with the laser using 3 layers of 1/8" inch acrylic and solvent cement.
    Mike Null

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    Well I just went ahead and drew something up. I'm going to make them for different sized objects that we do often. This one is for 2" discs. I'll do another one for 3" medallions and 1.75" coins. Should be easier than the beat up old clamps we've been using.
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    Universal 50w X2-600
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    Epilog 60w Fusion 40
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    I just got a Form2 3d printer, I'll have to try making some jigs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason Hilton View Post
    I just got a Form2 3d printer, I'll have to try making some jigs.
    Should have bought a Glowforge, apparently they do 3D...
    I have done so much with so little for so long, that I can do almost anything with practically nothing...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary Hair View Post
    Should have bought a Glowforge, apparently they do 3D...

    LOL I used the money from my Glowforge refund to buy the 3d printer

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    I agree with Mike. Anything 2 1/2D (stacked 2D profiles) can be made 100 times faster using a laser.
    I design, engineer and program all sorts of things.

    Oh, and I use Adobe Illustrator with an Epilog Mini.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug Griffith View Post
    I agree with Mike. Anything 2 1/2D (stacked 2D profiles) can be made 100 times faster using a laser.
    It might be faster overall, but with the printer, I can get ten of them printing at once and walk away. When I return, they are ready to use - no assembly required.

    I'm happy to say I actually got it right on the first print. Got my tester printed and it fits nice. Now I have to print off a few more.
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    Universal 60w X-660
    Epilog 60w Fusion 40
    50w 5070 China Special

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    I used my 3D printer to make cones for my rotary for my fiber laser. Someday I will post a picture of the completed project.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill George View Post
    I used my 3D printer to make cones for my rotary for my fiber laser. Someday I will post a picture of the completed project.
    That is another project I want to undertake. With the Universal rotary, I can't mount anything with a base larger than 3.125" so I want to make larger cone and cup adapters for it.
    4 - Q1 converted New Hermes C2000's
    Signature 8080 Plus
    Universal 50w X2-600
    Universal 60w X-660
    Epilog 60w Fusion 40
    50w 5070 China Special

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    Brian

    Nice work. How much pressure do you think that material can handle?
    Mike Null

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    Trotec Speedy 300 Newing Hall 350 Hot Stamping
    Woodworking shop CLTT and Laser Sublimation Sand Carving
    Evolis Card Printer
    CorelDraw X5 , Engravlab

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Null View Post
    How much pressure do you think that material can handle?
    I don't know, but I don't think I could hurt it at all with what I do here. I know I couldn't hurt it by cranking down on a medallion in the center vice. I cranked down on a 2" brass disc and it just bent the disc in half with no harm to the plastic piece. Also - despite my best efforts, I have not been able to break it by hand. I kind of want to break it, just to see how much effort it would take.

    I created a couple more and labeled them. They'll probably all be different colors as well. It's going to make life easier here, for sure.
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    4 - Q1 converted New Hermes C2000's
    Signature 8080 Plus
    Universal 50w X2-600
    Universal 60w X-660
    Epilog 60w Fusion 40
    50w 5070 China Special

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Leavitt View Post
    I don't know, but I don't think I could hurt it at all with what I do here. I know I couldn't hurt it by cranking down on a medallion in the center vice. I cranked down on a 2" brass disc and it just bent the disc in half with no harm to the plastic piece. Also - despite my best efforts, I have not been able to break it by hand. I kind of want to break it, just to see how much effort it would take.

    I created a couple more and labeled them. They'll probably all be different colors as well. It's going to make life easier here, for sure.
    Very cool. If it's ABS with a good infill, it should be pretty durable. Did you reproduce by scanning the existing fixture and then model?

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    Good news that they appear to be durable. Given the excessive prices Gravograph and others charge for those things, you may have just found a nice little business.

    I use mine frequently and usually have to jerry rig something to adjust to the various small items I engrave. I do gold and silver medallions and they are so thin that unless I elevate them in the holder, I can't engrave the full surface. I also cut a notch through the jig to allow the jump ring to center.
    Mike Null

    St. Louis Laser, Inc.

    Trotec Speedy 300 Newing Hall 350 Hot Stamping
    Woodworking shop CLTT and Laser Sublimation Sand Carving
    Evolis Card Printer
    CorelDraw X5 , Engravlab

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