We have made a few posts about the used tools that we have been purchasing. We are pretty happy with how our acquisitions have turned out, but we are definitely aware of the extra work that needs to go into some tools to get them to a clean and shiny functioning state. As an aside – we have also bought a TON (literally) of brand spankin’ new tools and machines, but that is for a later blog post… once I take pictures of them all.

One of the first (and only?) blog posts that our fearless leader Jason has made was about our used Dake band saw. View that post here. This baby is awesome, a 41″ throat, an auto-feed table, and a blade welder all in one neat package that pretty much matches our existing color scheme! Here’s a nice picture of it:

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Looks great! Right? There were, however, a few minor issues with the bandsaw. Nothing to dissuade us, though! There was a mysterious leak from somewhere inside of the base, a few knobs missing, and the e-stop button was missing.

After a few phone calls in to Dake – which has great customer service – we found that they had some parts that we needed and they also did not have some parts that we needed. So in true makerspace form…we decided to make our own! Okay, we bought a replacement e-stop, but that’s all!

First up: The missing knobs.

For those wondering why a bandsaw has a welding option – there’s a few reasons. The main thing that we will probably use it for is to buy blades in a bulk roll, and then cut them to desired length, and weld together for both of our metal cutting band saws. You can also use the bandsaw welder to cut center holes in metal: drill a hole bigger than the blade, thread the (broken) blade through the hole, and weld it together to cut!

Back to the matter at hand. In the above image you can see the left hand knobs are missing. Good thing we have a 3d printer! We realized we could just print those babies out instead of ordering them and waiting for them to arrive. We’re all about faster-than-shipping gratification over here. Plus, how could we call ourselves a makerspace if webought something we could make?? So, our new addition to the team, Jess, made up a knob file that pretty closely matched the existing ones. Then we sent the file over to the Flashforge printer and voilà! We had some knobs.

Here is a video of the printer in action:

The piece that is chipped on the bottom is part of the raft that the printer lays out as a base (we chipped it when trying to pry the piece off the bed). Eventually the whole raft came off of the knob. Once the knob was cleaned up, we printed a second one and put them on the machine! They look and function great! We were super excited to put our 3d printer to practical use – and plan on doing it much more!

Now I will speak briefly on the leak in the base of the machine. We made parts to fix this as well. I had some 1/8″ acrylic laying around the shop, so I used our laser to cut out a perfect little washer for the coupling:

Then, we put the washer in place and used RTV (room temperature vulcanization silicone) to seal the plug.

There you have it! Now all we need is to get power to this machine and we can really admire all our repairs! The electricians have been hard at work wiring up our space, and we are chomping at the bit to be able to plug in all of our toys machines. Patience is a virtue! I should really win an award for how patient I have been with all this construction!

How do you think we did on the knobs? Have you used a 3d printer to make replacement parts for a tool or machine that you own? Let me know in the comments below!