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Printed Laptop Keys

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Good morning Everyone, 

 

First, if this is posted in the wrong area; I do apologize, Mod / Admin please move to the correct location. Thank you. 

 

We have a need to print out replacement laptop keys and the laptop key hinges / scissor jack for our HP Stream 11 Pro G1 - G4 laptops. This project has been created to fulfill that need and I have several students working on modeling now in www.tinkercad.com. We have an Ultimaker 3 Extended; this is going to be some very fine work are there any suggestions on any settings that I should be using in Cura 3.5? 

 

Would any of you suggest this type of project for this printer? Currently we are able to get it to print out a blank key; but for some reason the edge / lip around the key won't print. Please let me know if I should attach some of our test .stl files and thank you for your time. 

 

By the way, happy Friday. 

 

 

 

 

Thomas

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I would say that printing laptop keys is very ambitious. The required details, flexibility and strength will be very hard to achieve with FFF printers. If this is a first project with 3d printing, I would highly suggest starting out with something simpler.

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7 hours ago, ahoeben said:

I would say that printing laptop keys is very ambitious. The required details, flexibility and strength will be very hard to achieve with FFF printers. If this is a first project with 3d printing, I would highly suggest starting out with something simpler.

 

Good morning ahoeben, 

 

Thank you!

 

 

 

 

Thomas

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As always for fine details: print slow and cool.

 

I don't know how laptop keys look from the underside. But consider creating a different design than the original, to eliminate weaknesses and thin areas.


Maybe that is why parts wouldn't print: too thin? You should look in Cura layer view if they are shown any different from Cura normal view.

 

Also, find a material that is tough enough if there are fine parts. PLA is likely to break instead of flexing.

 

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