November 12, 2019

3d Printed Wedge

I ordered the little close quarters wedge from Cleaveland Aircraft Tools last weekend, but I’m still waiting for it to arrive. Meanwhile, I thought I’d try making a temporary one out of plastic. Pretty quick work to design the part in Fusion 360 and then send it to my 3D printer.

Wedge getting printed using Simplify3D

25 minutes later!

Looks great, and I bet it’s even pretty darn close to the dimensions of the metal one!

… but it didn’t work so well, it was easily crushed by the force of the rivet puller.

I managed to get most of the tough-to-reach rivets anyway without this aid. My manual rivet puller has an adjustable head, so I was able to get into the tight spaces.

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