Those of you lucky enough to own a 3D printer or have access to one may be interested in a new project which is being created and published by Thingiverse user JakeJake and allows you to create your very own 3D printed hand-screw clamp.
Check out the video below to learn more about its design and how much pressure it can apply using the dual screw mechanism. Thankfully all the files required to build your very own have been kindly published to the Thingiverse website which you can access via the link below.
The designer of the Hand-Screw Clamp explains more about the 3D printing process and its design.
This project came about from exploration of some novel threaded assembly mechanisms. Here I tried to utilize my thread concept to make a clamp that was as strong as possible, with 100% 3d printed parts. For this, careful consideration needed to be made so that each part respects the grain of the 3d print. It is, however, still a 3d printed plastic clamp, so don’t get too crazy with it!
Print Settings: I printed everything with standard draft settings, in PLA. Through testing, I found that the small “SlideHinge” parts are always the first things to fail. They break off at the very tip of the end that captures the rotating knob. So if you wanted it stronger with minimal changes, you could print the “SlideHinge” part solid.