Mar.16, 2013

When James Bruton discovered the windscreen sucker mount for a TomTom was broken, he wasn't concerned. The broken parts are critical, a ball joint, as well as the original suction pad are broken and missing. There is no better way they can be fixed.

Bruton has an idea. He has got an used windscreen mount for a cell phone, so his plan was to make a bridge part to join the ball-socket to the new sucker clip. Bruton measured the broken part, modelled the replacement part in free software AutoCAD 123D Design. Then he sent the 3D files to his Lulzbot AO-101 3D printer. The part is printed in 3mm ABS with a 0.5mm nozzle and 0.4mm layer height. The first and second prototypes didn't fit very well but Bruton could just trimmed in the software and printed it out again until he got the perfect replacement part to fit in the ball-socket.

(Credit: James Bruton)

The original TomTom mount has now a new sucker mount. This is not an example demonstrating the effectiveness of a 3D printer, but well a case showing the future, when cost of 3D printer drops, that we may be able to make many replacement parts quickly and efficiently using this method.

Watch the video below about the whole process of making this piece, including CAD, slicing, and 3D printing.





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