Re: Replacement for broken 1541-II disk drive levers ?

From: geneb <>
Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2012 09:48:31 -0800 (PST)
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On Mon, 26 Nov 2012, Ethan Dicks wrote:

> On Sat, Nov 24, 2012 at 4:43 AM,  <> wrote:
>>> I think this is a perfect example of something that should be cloned and 3D printed. 3D printers start at $500 these days and can easily reproduce almost any plastic part. It would probably take less than 10 cents in plastic for a replacement lever.
> While there is less than $0.10 in plastic in a lever, a $500 printer
> is not likely to deliver the surface finish most people would find
> "nice".  Functional?  Sure.  Aesthetic?  Not really.
To get a glass-like finish a lot of folks are either "gassing" the part 
with Acetone fumes or brushing it on.  Both methods will give you a good 

> The newest rounds of firmware for low-end (sub $5K) 3D printers has
> brought 100-micron layers to filament printing.  This is three times
> thinner than the standard settings of even recent models of hobbyist
> 3D printers.  Of course, it takes three times longer to print items,
> but the surface smoothness is quite remarkable by comparison.
Sub $1K in some cases. :)  A friend of mine produced a 90 micron print on 
his Rostock MAX - the kit is $849.  ABS was used.


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