Jump to content
Ultimaker Community of 3D Printing Experts

Experiment with threads.

Recommended Posts

Posted · Experiment with threads.

Hi Guys,

I am TrevM, full name Trevor Moseley.

Krys: Thank you very much for introducing me to this thread.

All: I very much enjoyed reading all your comments, it is really nice to see that someone is using the lib.

You were wondering about my printer:

My printer is a RepRap Metric Mendel Prusa. I built it from plans off RepRap wiki, sourcing basic parts from EBay, Farnell etc. Did everything 'on the cheap', whole printer cost less than £250. I am still not sure how it compares on print quality.

My first task was to build a winch for our washing line. I was disappointed to not find a way of creating threads.

So I created the lib, my first ever attempt at anything in OpenSCAD, then got on with the winch and as an after thought, put the lib on Thingiverse. I didn't think it was much more than just functional and was more than shocked by the interest in it.

I then did the winch, it handles a fully loaded 50 foot washing line with ease and has been in constant use now for 3 years mounted outside in all weathers.

There were various comments concerning lib render (lack of) speed.

I tried lots of different methods before I finally found 1 that seemed to make massive increases in speed and that is what I published as 'updated', but it sounds like errors crept in and I didn't notice.

I see statistics on general viewing and downloading on Thingiverse, but seeing this forum was quite an eye opener.

Again, many thanks.

Have Fun :-)


  • Link to post
    Share on other sites
    • Replies 54
    • Created
    • Last Reply

    Top Posters In This Topic

    Posted · Experiment with threads.

    Krys: Thank you very much for introducing me to this thread


    No problem! I just figured you might have been interested in the reasoning behind my mucking about. :)

    Thanks again. Welcome!


  • Link to post
    Share on other sites
    Posted · Experiment with threads.

    A big problem that is seldom recognized in the 3D world is productizeation. Making a design easily and quickly printable.

    I can print it, change it, re-print it to get it to perfection on my machine with my preferred tool set. But there is no guarantee at all that it will print on a different machine or with a different tool set.

    As you can see from the original photos, I had it printing and working with steel metric nuts and bolts from M6 upwards, but it only just worked for you.

    Here in this forum you have commonality of printers (to a greater extent than most), and you have a shared tool set (in this case Cura), all supplied by Ultimaker.

    What you have done as a community is to take a design that 'just about works' on your system, take it apart, discuss it, improve it and republish it.

    Not only that, you then had the courtesy to inform the original creator, which made him very happy.

    This is exactly what the 3D print community is all about.


    Excellent job, very well done.


  • Link to post
    Share on other sites

    Create an account or sign in to comment

    You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

    Create an account

    Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

    Register a new account

    Sign in

    Already have an account? Sign in here.

    Sign In Now

    • Our picks

      • Ultimaker turns 10: A look back
        Ultimaker is turning 10 years old and that means it is story telling time! We'll explore 2010-2014, traveling through the evolution of the business from the Protobox and Ultimaker Original, to the major leaps forward with the Ultimaker 2 and Ultimaker 3.
          • Like
        • 0 replies
      • Ultimaker Transformation Summit
        Visit our virtual showroom and learn more about the Ultimaker ecosystem!
        • 14 replies
      • New here? Register your Ultimaker for free 3D printer onboarding course
        Often getting started is the most difficult part of any process. A good start sets you up for success and saves you time and energy that could be spent elsewhere. That is why we have a onboarding course ready for
        Ultimaker S5 Pro Bundle, Ultimaker S5, Ultimaker S3 Ultimaker 2+ Connect.   
        They're ready for you on the Ultimaker Academy platform. All you need to do to gain access is to register your product to gain free access. 
        Ready? Register your product here in just 60 seconds.
          • Like
        • 0 replies
    • Create New...