Installing Threaded Inserts in 3D Printed ABS Plastic

Posted in 3D Printing on May 6th, 2011 by Gregg

The subsequent online video demonstrates placing threaded inserts. Installing Threaded Inserts into FDM Printed ABS Plastic

The rapid prototype printed piece acts very much like a molded thermoplastic component. The brass inserts conduct heat really well and may be raised to the plastic melt temperature quickly. An average soldering iron can be used for this. As the insert heats just a small amount of force is needed to lower it into the printed or drilled hole. Some excess plastic could possibly move out if the hole is undersized but this can be quite simply cut with a razor blade. The finished assembly is very strong.

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Inserts installed before cleanup


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3D Printed ABS Plastic – How Does It Cut?

Posted in 3D Printing on May 6th, 2011 by Gregg
Saw cutting the modeled model is a lot like drilling. The use of typical tools that aren’t to aggressive you can obtain good results. Supporting the component from underneath will help minimise the quantity of burr. The burr can be easily taken away with a fine file filing in the direction into the part as shown in the attached video. Cutting FDM Printed ABS Plastic
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Printed Prototype Cut Closeup

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