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3D print solutions for your first world problems

Welcome to the select group of people who own a 3D printer before they become a standard feature in every home – at least that’s what I think is going to happen. So now what?

My previous life before coming to this beautiful country was plagued by situations that were out of my control. Everyday, I left home wondering when would be the next time I would get mugged. Would it be today? Waiting for the bus, not knowing if/when it would happen or if I would be the victim. What’s that? Another volcanic eruption? I guess there’s no school this week then. That was my life in Quito, Ecuador, to be specific.

Life brought me to the land of chocolate, cheese and watches (my three favourite things in the whole world). When everything works like clockwork, a 2-minute delay courtesy of SBB can easily ruin somebody's day. For me, this meant a radical change of my problems, but in a good way. Now I could actually tackle them with some creativity.

If it ain't broken, 3D print an upgrade

As you may have read in an article I wrote a while back, I recently built a 3D printer with my boyfriend. We printed several pieces to calibrate it and make sure it was working right. If you are an average Joe/Jane who doesn’t use this kind of thing for a living, you start wondering what to do next.

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Mariana Hurtado

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Spice up your relationship with a home-made 3D printer

First, we tackled the obvious: Improving our 3D printer.

I’m proud to say that most of these were our own creation. But if your repertoire is limited to items that improve the thing that makes them, you’re not impressing anyone. I mean, if we didn’t have the printer in the first place, we wouldn’t have needed all those things.

Hephestos 2 (Bausatz)
CHF 949.–
BQ Hephestos 2 (Bausatz)
Der 3D-Drucker, der in weniger als einer Stunde aufgebaut werden kann.
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  • approx. 2–3 weeks
    Currently 4 piece(s) in stock at the supplier

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Duplicator i3 Prusa V 2.1
CHF 459.–
Wanhao Duplicator i3 Prusa V 2.1
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  • only 3 piece(s)
    in our warehouse

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Collection

  • Basel: approx. 21.08.2017
  • Bern: tomorrow at 12:45
  • Dietikon: approx. 21.08.2017
  • Geneva: approx. 21.08.2017
  • Kriens: approx. 21.08.2017
  • Lausanne: approx. 21.08.2017
  • St Gallen: approx. 21.08.2017
  • Winterthur: tomorrow at 12:45
  • Wohlen: tomorrow at 11:00
  • Zurich: tomorrow at 12:30

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Not the most relatable of projects for the general public, but it was so cool to make.

Now that’s what I call a proper solution!

I moved to the heart of Europe to get a master's degree. Having recently graduated, you may deduce that I am broke as hell. And you would be right. I am, at least for now... I hope. So when the opportunity arises to go on a free ski trip to Davos, all included, there’s no thinking twice.

Well, I have this friend whose parents own an apartment up there. There’s no way in the world I could have afforded it otherwise. However, I really wanted to show my gratitude. After some thinking, I decided to 3D print my friend’s skiing team logo (his own creation). It didn’t take long before I was asked to print six more for the rest of the team. Success!

Ready to be shipped

Then, there was the issue of aaaaall the AA batteries scattered around my boyfriend’s place. I adore this guy, but man, what a mess. “How else am I supposed to keep all my Xbox controllers running?”, I can hear him say. Thanks to the wonderful online community, I found many options to solve this one. Finally, we found a battery dispenser that my boyfriend liked. It was too good to be true: According to the comments, it didn’t work. We printed it anyways and indeed, the batteries got jammed.

I still remember that Sunday morning, waking up to the sight of my boyfriend taping some cardboard inside the dispenser we had printed the previous night. Behold the birth of an industrial designer!

After taking measurements, some calculations and two prototypes later, we had the perfect, working battery dispenser. Also, my boyfriend’s place gained four points in tidiness that day, if we apply Role Playing Game logic to real life.

Alkaline 20+4 (24pcs., Battery, AA battery)
CHF 25.70
Duracell Alkaline 20+4 (24pcs., Battery, AA battery)
Hole dir jetzt dieses Power-Batterie-Pack mit vier zusätzlichen, KOSTENLOSEN Batterien!
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Collection

  • Basel: only 1 piece(s)
  • Bern: only 1 piece(s)
  • Dietikon: approx. 21.08.2017
  • Geneva: approx. 21.08.2017
  • Kriens: approx. 21.08.2017
  • Lausanne: approx. 21.08.2017
  • St Gallen: only 1 piece(s)
  • Winterthur: tomorrow at 12:45
  • Wohlen: only 1 piece(s)
  • Zurich: tomorrow at 12:30

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High Energy (24pcs., Battery, AA battery)
CHF 19.90
Varta High Energy (24pcs., Battery, AA battery)
Piles High Energy AA 24 pcs
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  • more than 10 piece(s)
    in our warehouse

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Collection

  • Basel: only 3 piece(s)
  • Bern: only 1 piece(s)
  • Dietikon: only 1 piece(s)
  • Geneva: approx. 21.08.2017
  • Kriens: approx. 21.08.2017
  • Lausanne: approx. 21.08.2017
  • St Gallen: approx. 21.08.2017
  • Winterthur: only 1 piece(s)
  • Wohlen: only 1 piece(s)
  • Zurich: tomorrow at 12:30

If ordered immediately.
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Batterien Longlife AA 24er (Battery)
CHF 20.20
Varta Batterien Longlife AA 24er (Battery)
Piles Longlife AA 24pcs

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  • only 2 piece(s)
    in our warehouse

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Collection

  • Basel: approx. 21.08.2017
  • Bern: tomorrow at 12:45
  • Dietikon: approx. 21.08.2017
  • Geneva: approx. 21.08.2017
  • Kriens: approx. 21.08.2017
  • Lausanne: approx. 21.08.2017
  • St Gallen: approx. 21.08.2017
  • Winterthur: tomorrow at 12:45
  • Wohlen: tomorrow at 11:00
  • Zurich: tomorrow at 12:30

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The pièce de résistance

Maybe some of you can relate to this: Commuting yoga. The art of trying to find the perfect position to consume entertainment on your way to/from work. Why in the world would you get the latest phone with a decent screen if not to watch "The Grand Tour" on the train. But your arm can only hold up that phone for so long. Putting your phone on your legs is just too far.

"I have a 3D printer, I shouldn’t have to go through this!"

Those were his words when I was presented the measurements to develop an iPhone 6 clip especially designed for the one-row seats in the RBS.

Every 3D print fan know this problem.

The idea was very simple. We just needed the width of the phone (including the case) and the radius of the borders. The measurements of the chair were already taken.

From a rough draft to splines and an extrusion later, we had a printable model. It didn’t work. There was no way of putting the phone in there without struggling.

A lot of thought was put into this simple 3D model

We added a handle to the lower part to make sliding the phone in and out easier. Voilà! The phone was in. BUT the clip was too large for it to stay in place. Three prototypes later, it fit like a glove.

The best iPhone holder for seats in RBS trains

Filament (PLA, 2.85mm, 750g, Black)
CHF 34.–
Innofil3D Filament (PLA, 2.85mm, 750g, Black)
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  • approx. 10–12 days

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  • Basel: approx. 10–12 days
  • Bern: approx. 8–10 days
  • Dietikon: approx. 10–12 days
  • Geneva: approx. 10–12 days
  • Kriens: approx. 10–12 days
  • Lausanne: approx. 10–12 days
  • St Gallen: approx. 10–12 days
  • Winterthur: only 1 piece(s)
  • Wohlen: approx. 8–10 days
  • Zurich: approx. 8–10 days

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Filament (PLA, 2.85mm, 750g, White)
CHF 34.90
Innofil3D Filament (PLA, 2.85mm, 750g, White)
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  • more than 10 piece(s)
    in our warehouse

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Collection

  • Basel: approx. 21.08.2017
  • Bern: tomorrow at 12:45
  • Dietikon: approx. 21.08.2017
  • Geneva: approx. 21.08.2017
  • Kriens: approx. 21.08.2017
  • Lausanne: approx. 21.08.2017
  • St Gallen: approx. 21.08.2017
  • Winterthur: tomorrow at 12:45
  • Wohlen: tomorrow at 11:00
  • Zurich: tomorrow at 12:30

If ordered immediately.
Information subject to change.

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Filament (PLA, 2.85mm, 750g, Blue)
CHF 34.90
Innofil3D Filament (PLA, 2.85mm, 750g, Blue)
3

Availability

Mail delivery

  • only 2 piece(s)
    in our warehouse

PickMup

Collection

  • Basel: approx. 21.08.2017
  • Bern: tomorrow at 12:45
  • Dietikon: approx. 21.08.2017
  • Geneva: approx. 21.08.2017
  • Kriens: approx. 21.08.2017
  • Lausanne: approx. 21.08.2017
  • St Gallen: approx. 21.08.2017
  • Winterthur: tomorrow at 12:45
  • Wohlen: tomorrow at 11:00
  • Zurich: tomorrow at 12:30

If ordered immediately.
Information subject to change.

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Filament (PLA, 2.85mm, 750g, Red)
CHF 35.90
Innofil3D Filament (PLA, 2.85mm, 750g, Red)
3

Availability

Mail delivery

  • only 2 piece(s)
    in our warehouse

PickMup

Collection

  • Basel: approx. 21.08.2017
  • Bern: tomorrow at 12:45
  • Dietikon: approx. 21.08.2017
  • Geneva: approx. 21.08.2017
  • Kriens: approx. 21.08.2017
  • Lausanne: approx. 21.08.2017
  • St Gallen: approx. 21.08.2017
  • Winterthur: tomorrow at 12:45
  • Wohlen: tomorrow at 11:00
  • Zurich: tomorrow at 12:30

If ordered immediately.
Information subject to change.

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Filament (PLA, 2.85mm, 750g, Green)
CHF 34.–
Innofil3D Filament (PLA, 2.85mm, 750g, Green)
3

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  • approx. 2–3 weeks
    Currently > 5 piece(s) in stock at the supplier

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Filament (ABS, 2.85mm, 750g, Yellow)
CHF 34.–
Innofil3D Filament (ABS, 2.85mm, 750g, Yellow)

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Other colours? No problem.

And it works! Just in time for him to realize that watching stuff on his iPad is better. Guess what our current project is?

With some time and creativity, the sky is the limit, or 20 x 20 x 20 cm. But you can print different pieces and assemble them later. You get my point. Now go out, find something that annoys you and 3D solve it!

Except SBB delays, sorry about that.

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Mariana Hurtado

Grafik-Designerin, Pokémon-Trainerin, tech-savvy und keine Schriftstellerin. Seit 2014 bin ich in der Schweiz. Ich führe einen steten Kampf gegen schlechtes Design.

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User ivobrown

Digitec sollte anstelle der Batterien lieber wiederaufladbare Akkus bewerben.

07.03.2017
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User Mr190E

warum? es gibt viele Anwendungen in denen Akkus einfach nicht zugebrauchen sind. Pack mal Akkus in eine TV-Infrarotfernbedienung. Da wirst du dich wundern das diese nach nur wenigen Wochen nciht mehr reagiert. Setzt man Batterien ein hält diese 2 Jahre.

08.03.2017
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User rafael_meier

Man muss nur die richtigen Akkus verwenden.
Verwende seit Jahren eneloops in allen Fernbedienungen und keine Probleme damit.

08.03.2017
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User ivobrown

@Mr190E: weil Akkus gegenüber Batterien deutlich weniger externe Kosten verursachen, namentlich geringere Verpackung (pro Zyklus), geringere Transportkosten (pro Zyklus; Batterien müssen nach einmal brauchen wieder rezykliert werden - wenn sie denn nicht einfach im Abfall landen), sowie auch günstigeren Kosten für den Verbraucher.

08.03.2017
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User ivobrown

Zu Ihrer Anmerkung bez. Laufzeit: bei sämtlichen Geräten werden bei uns die mitgelieferten Batterien nach Ende ihrer Ladung durch Akkus ausgetauscht (Maus, Tastatur, Kopfhörer, Konsolen-Controller, Fernbedienungen etc.). Ich kann Ihr Urteil über eine geringere Leistung nicht nachvollziehen. Ich kann mich nich einmal erinnern, wann ich die Akkus in den Fernbedienungen zuletzt wechseln musste. Also es ist keineswegs "andauernd" nötig.

08.03.2017
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User Hubsyn

Kann die Aussage von "Anonymous" nur bestätigen. Die meisten eneloops haben vielleicht nicht so eine hohe Kapazität der Akkus, dafür beinahe keine Selbstentladung (auch bei tiefen Temperaturen) und sie hält sehr viele Ladezyklen. Kann ich nur empfehlen.

08.03.2017
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User Brewpl

Wenn wir schon beim Thema schlechtes Design sind: wieso ist der Herz-Button nicht am Ende des Beitrags? Man weiss ja erst ob der Beitrag gut ist wenn man ihn gelesen hat...(War übrigens super!)

07.03.2017
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User Dominik Bärlocher

Den grossen Button am Ende siehst du nicht? Gross, blau und "gefällt mir"? imgur.com/5BHQZgx

08.03.2017
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User Brewpl

Vielleicht hätte ich meine Brille putzen sollen bevor ich den Kommentar geschrieben habe :) Danke für den Hinweis!

08.03.2017
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User Anonymous

Ich würde mich gerne um Tipps erkunden bezgl. Software für die Modellierung (auf Mac). Dazu braucht es soweit ich verstehe noch einen Slicer. Ideen? Vielen Dank!

08.03.2017
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User Guvrnor

Fusion360 kann ich als Software und Cura oder simplify3d als Slicer empfehlen. Gruss

08.03.2017
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User rem3_1415926

Ich persönlich verwende Cura und habe keine Probleme damit. Andere Programme kenne ich nicht, ich hatte nie bedarf dafür

27.05.2017
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User rusher94

mir fehlen beim Duschvorhand 2 solche Ringhalter.... neues set kaufen und 10fr ausgeben??? Nope Ich druck mir heute Abend gleich 2 neue =)

Handy Hülle mit eigenem Logo oder Schriftzug. Kostenpunkt 30fr und mehr... Nicht für mich.. Ich tus lieber Drucken ( Die sind erstaunlich Robust glaubt mir )

07.03.2017
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User rusher94

Ich hab übrigens den hier: digit.ec/5639395

07.03.2017
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User rusher94

war aber ein murks zum zusammenbauen.. ich mit 2 linken daumen

07.03.2017
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User hosae

Duschvorhand oder Badewannennachfuss!

07.03.2017
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User rusher94

Duschvorhang... wann führt digitec endlich die Autorkorrektur ein???

08.03.2017
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User XXXXXX

Wie sieht es eigentlich urheberrechtlich aus währe ja viel einfacher die Produkte auszudrucken als völlig überteuert hier bei digitec zu kaufen;)

08.03.2017
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User Aurel Stevens

Das mit überteuert überhör ich jetzt mal geflissentlich ;)

Die rechtliche Lage hat Marc hier angesprochen: digitec.ch/de/page/3d-druck...

Für private Zwecke sind 3D-Drucke unproblematisch. Machst du es kommerziell, gibts Probleme.

08.03.2017
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User Lomat4000

Wenn man ein 3D-Model hat, kann man das ausdrucken so lange man es für private Zwecke macht. Sonst bräuchtest du natürlich die Rechte.

08.03.2017
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User P4nd0ra

Super Beitrag, hatte auch das Batterieproblemchen =)
thingiverse.com/thing:60585... dieses Teil funktioniert recht gut und kann auch erweitert werden, falls viele Batterien aufbewahrt werden müssen. Ein Set davon steht sogar bei meiner Arbeit und sorgt für Ordnung

08.03.2017
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User tbelectronics

Leider ist das Verfahren von FFF mit ABS und PLA Material an der Grenze der Möglichkeit. SLA haben wir auch geprüft aber der Aufwand der Einrichtung und Nachbearbeitung ist enorm und untragbar. Bei SLS wären wir hoch interessiert. Weiter gibt es den PaperPrint wie von MCor. Da hätten wir Interesse.

24.03.2017
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