We make things.

Required Hardware and Tools

Required Hardware

IMG_5163 You’ll need a few things that are not 3d printable.

– Strong (100lb) braided fishing line
– 1mm Elastic cord

Strongly Encouraged:
– Metal knuckle pins

If you cannot get the metal pins, there are two alternatives. Nearly as good, you can use 2mm aluminum wire, like this: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003LTGS4E It’s quite soft, so I carefully straighten it with parallel-jaw pliers after cutting.
If you’re really desperate, you can use a short length of PLA or ABS filament, but it isn’t nearly as smooth.

– M2.5x3mm Set screws

If you don’t have these (or aren’t good with teeny parts), you can tie knots instead of using set screws. It’s a lot tougher to get the tension perfect this way, and you can’t adjust it after -you need to restring it.

Required Tools


– Small drill and/or Dremel
– Small Drill bits
I use a 1mm for cleaning holes, a 1.75mm for the set screws, and a 2mm for the pins.

– Needle Files
At least a small flat one for smoothing the inside of the hinges. I also like the round ones for getting burrs out of the tunnels.

– Sanding block or large metal file
Use for smoothing the sides of the middle segment, and for bigger cleanup depending on your print accuracy.

– Digital Micrometer
For measuring yourself for the model, checking drill bit sizes, etc.

– Adjustable temp soldering iron
I like these for smoothing certain areas, and may be needed to weld the bumper in place (depending on how elastic your material is. I can stretch it over with Ninjaflex, but need to cut and weld it with Sainsmart/generic elastic TPU).

– Eyeglass screwdriver
For the little set screws, if used.

Other tools, as needed:

– Wire trimmers
– Parallel jaw pliers
– Exacto knife and hobby pad