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Customized T-Loc Handles (3D Printed)
« on: October 09, 2014, 07:32 PM »
Hi all,

I was making a gift for a festool fan, and he seemed to think people would be interested in this as a product. It's a 3D printed replacement "faceplate" for the T-Loc Systainers. I was thinking monograms could be cool / useful, but really anything could be printed in relief. Some example photos are below... I could print them for under $5.

If anyone is interested, let me know.





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Re: Customized T-Loc Handles (3D Printed)
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2014, 07:47 PM »
Slick Ben!

I could think of a lot of things but a slightly raised 3d render of the tool would be slick. Same thing as the 125 in the label, but raised would be cool. Personally I would go overboard but I am sure others would chime in.
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Re: Customized T-Loc Handles (3D Printed)
« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2014, 07:52 PM »
Cool. Could you also use multiple colors? E.g. Text in black, background green?

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Re: Customized T-Loc Handles (3D Printed)
« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2014, 09:01 PM »
I can think of a bunch of them that I'd like, but how many letters could you realistically put on there

I'm sure you could do:
RO150
TS75

But what about:
ETS150/3
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Compact Cleaning Kit
or
150mm/6" Abrasives ( could be shortened to 150 Abrasives)



ETS150/3
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Re: Customized T-Loc Handles (3D Printed)
« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2014, 09:23 PM »
@ bkharman - Low relief 3d models of the tools would be really slick. It would be doable, but would take quite a bit of modeling if they were actual relief. Maybe a raised illustration of the tool would be cool?

@ Slartibartfass - Multiple colors are definitely a possibility.

@ Wow - I did a few with 10 characters across in 10mm tall Arial Black raised 1.5mm. It looked good, but was getting cramped. There is no reason you couldn't fit blocks of text, but the legibility might suffer. Will do some tests this weekend.
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Re: Customized T-Loc Handles (3D Printed)
« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2014, 10:28 PM »
I must have lost one of the covers, or it never came with the original systainer.  Funny thing is that I thought this was simply a new Festool design of the latch.
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Re: Customized T-Loc Handles (3D Printed)
« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2014, 10:53 PM »
First off,  [welcome]

Second, what a freaking cool idea!!!   I'm gonna need some thinking time but I'm sure we will be in touch

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Re: Customized T-Loc Handles (3D Printed)
« Reply #7 on: October 10, 2014, 03:27 AM »
Great idea, never even realised the tloc latch was two part. Now I can't wait for my M3D mini to be delivered.
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Re: Customized T-Loc Handles (3D Printed)
« Reply #8 on: October 10, 2014, 04:33 AM »
Ben:

You got me so excited about your product that I forgot to say [welcome] to the FOG!

So welcome! Looking forward to seeing lots of cool stuff from you...
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Re: Customized T-Loc Handles (3D Printed)
« Reply #9 on: October 10, 2014, 06:53 AM »
Has to rate as one of the best, first posts.... great idea
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« Reply #10 on: October 10, 2014, 07:41 AM »
Also forgot.  [welcome] and  [thanks] for a great idea...

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Re: Customized T-Loc Handles (3D Printed)
« Reply #11 on: October 10, 2014, 08:04 AM »
Maybe as a first collective order we should replace the front on the first aid systainer with a raised white cross on a red background? Could we bring the cost down if we group order?

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Re: Customized T-Loc Handles (3D Printed)
« Reply #12 on: October 10, 2014, 06:07 PM »
thanks everyone for the welcome.

Below are some images of today's experiments, including some of the suggestions for the t-loc prints. The other images are of a five piece print that replicates the cleats / feet and latch on a t-loc systainer. This could be used for all kinds of mods... I attached them to a piece of OSB that was lying around to make a work surface. It doesn't move in any direction and I could pick up the vac with the board.

black on green with tool names:




white on red for first aid kit. (need to do this one again with a thicker layer of white as it looks pink here)




3d printed cleats / feet and latch. to lock anything to a t-loc systainer.






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« Reply #13 on: October 10, 2014, 06:10 PM »
The cleats and latch are really cool.  You could easily package and sell those with a PDF printout for easy placement and alignment.

Great work!

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« Reply #14 on: October 10, 2014, 06:25 PM »
Time to set up an online store and start production....

It's the second industrial revolution going on right now....

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Re: Customized T-Loc Handles (3D Printed)
« Reply #15 on: October 10, 2014, 06:29 PM »
Is there a market for this stuff? What seems like a fair price?

The problem with 3D printing is that it is great for unique items, but the per item cost stays the same no matter how many you make.
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« Reply #16 on: October 10, 2014, 06:50 PM »
Is there a market for this stuff? What seems like a fair price?

The problem with 3D printing is that it is great for unique items, but the per item cost stays the same no matter how many you make.

Ben, the calculation of cost per unit is no different than in a traditional production environment.

Obviously you have raw materials to buy which based on volume could change.

The printers usage is depreciated based on usage.

Your time and cost of running business is overhead...

I guess what is different is the fact that as soon as you can digitize it becomes difficult to protect intellectual property rights.....

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Re: Customized T-Loc Handles (3D Printed)
« Reply #17 on: October 10, 2014, 07:12 PM »
Ben - Those are just too cool! I have all my tools in T Locs, now it looks like  I have to get a bunch of handle inserts!

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« Reply #18 on: October 10, 2014, 07:24 PM »
Welcome to FOG!

AWESOME IDEA!!  When can we start are orders?


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« Reply #19 on: October 10, 2014, 08:12 PM »
Cool thread. I can see a good market for this kind of stuff. Especially if you can make custom orders, I know lots of people here are dying to customise their systainers to their personal preference.

I like the look of the red/white-cross one on the green latch.

Would it also be possible to make the letters flush to the surface instead of embossed?

By the way, don't forget to add the embossed arrow like the offical ones have.

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Re: Customized T-Loc Handles (3D Printed)
« Reply #20 on: October 10, 2014, 08:48 PM »
Very cool, maybe light grey letters would look a little more subtle? Can anyone in the UK produce these please?

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« Reply #21 on: October 10, 2014, 08:53 PM »
I think the letters would be easier to read from a distance if they were a little thinner.

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« Reply #22 on: October 11, 2014, 08:25 AM »
I agree, letters should be a little thinner to improve contrast.

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« Reply #23 on: October 11, 2014, 09:28 AM »
I am definitely interested in some of the green/black ones. Let me know when you have figured out a price?
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« Reply #24 on: October 11, 2014, 09:45 AM »
Thanks for the feedback. I'll keep tweaking the design. thinner letters,  etc. The examples above are Helvetica Bold, I'll try Helvetica and Helvetica Light.

I'm trying to make a list of the possible tool names for the t-loc plates, but am a bit confused about the proper spacing. For example, is it C15 or C 15, TS75EQ TS75 EQ or TS 75 EQ?



Hopefully I can get an online shop up this week to start taking orders. Those who have already messaged will be first to ship.

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Re: Customized T-Loc Handles (3D Printed)
« Reply #25 on: October 11, 2014, 09:47 AM »
I am very interested in the cleat/latch kit. Please let me know when these are available for sale

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« Reply #26 on: October 11, 2014, 10:02 AM »
I would be interested in the cleat latch and the T-Loc Handles as well. They look great.

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« Reply #27 on: October 11, 2014, 10:03 AM »
I'm trying to make a list of the possible tool names for the t-loc plates, but am a bit confused about the proper spacing. For example, is it C15 or C 15, TS75EQ TS75 EQ or TS 75 EQ?

Festool generally uses spacing in between. Check the Festool USA site to see how they do it and you can't go wrong.

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« Reply #28 on: October 11, 2014, 10:34 AM »
Hi Ben,

Are you able to make cleats and some sort of sliding fittings like what is found on the Festool/Tanos Sys Cart?  The picture shows how the cleats would be placed in the front and the sliding fittings on the sides.  The one shown is of the Tanos version, but I believe it is the same as Festool.


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« Reply #29 on: October 11, 2014, 10:39 AM »
Awesome idea...any way to get the green to exactly match the official Festool green?  (Not sure if the resin can be mixed like paint.)  If not, I'd be more inclined to go with a gray color that closely matches the systainer, or a contrasting color.