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Offline Enrico74

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3D printed stops for the MFT and the FS tracks
« on: July 12, 2015, 04:19 PM »
Hi there,

Until know I was using masking tape as stopping or starting marks on my Festool rails.
I have a new project for which I will do a lot of repetitive cuts with the same measurements, and thought I'd better get decent stops for the job and stop messing with tape.
I've been playing with 3D printers for a while and felt confident enough to design and print Festool compatible stops by myself instead of buying them.

At first, I modeled an MFT stop.
It is very similar to the original one though I had to redesign it to make it printable.







The steel bracket was cut in an old shutter hinge, and took some time to adjust and polish.
I did not use a square nut to secure the stop to the extrusion, but a standard M6 hex nut.

The whole thing worked like a charm; no play; smooth action  [cool]

Next day I worked on an FS stop.
This time, as I don't have any original FS stop, I designed it from scratch.
I tried to make it as small and simple as possible.







The extrusion being wider than the one of the MFT, an M6 nut cannot be used alone to hold the stop.
Therefore, I added a plastic nut that traps the M6 one and grabs the channel without any risk of denting the aluminium.
The stop catches the saw base at its corner so a round notch was added for better contact.
Again, it worked fine and I printed a few of them for my other tracks.

If you have access to a 3D printer, the 3D models and build instructions are detailed and shared on thingiverse.
http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:921862
http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:921136

Now it's time to go back cutting wood  [wink]

Tom




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Offline NL-mikkla

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Re: 3D printed stops for the MFT and the FS tracks
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2015, 05:14 PM »
Wow, they look really good.
And thanks for sharing the drawings, I might use m one day!

Offline ScotF

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Re: 3D printed stops for the MFT and the FS tracks
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2015, 05:40 PM »
Very cool!! Thanks for posting!

Offline wellknownasmax

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Re: 3D printed stops for the MFT and the FS tracks
« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2015, 03:50 PM »
Fits really nice! [ Specified attachment is not available ]

Max

Offline Enrico74

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Re: 3D printed stops for the MFT and the FS tracks
« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2015, 04:49 PM »
Glad you like them ;)
I used them a few days ago for positionning the domino against the back of the rail, inserting them the over way round.
I printed another set for this purpose, you can never have too much stops

Offline JackW

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Re: 3D printed stops for the MFT and the FS tracks
« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2015, 07:03 PM »
Enrico,

Would you mind sharing what printer you are using?

Thanks.

Jack

Offline Enrico74

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Re: 3D printed stops for the MFT and the FS tracks
« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2015, 10:17 PM »
Sure.
I have a 2.1 Foldarap (http://reprap.org/wiki/FoldaRap).
Not a beast, but it has a good design and can achieve consistent prints if you take the time to tweak it (as any DIY printer).

Offline NL-mikkla

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Re: 3D printed stops for the MFT and the FS tracks
« Reply #7 on: October 19, 2015, 05:31 AM »
Finally had the time to dive into this, with perfect result.
Thanks for sharing!!
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Offline Enrico74

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Re: 3D printed stops for the MFT and the FS tracks
« Reply #8 on: October 19, 2015, 05:40 AM »
You are welcome !
Nice print ;)

Offline jmac80

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Re: 3D printed stops for the MFT and the FS tracks
« Reply #9 on: October 19, 2015, 07:24 AM »
Looks great, something i'd love to get into.
What sort of price are you looking at for an assembled or a diy kit to make stuff like this?
Thanks
James

Offline NL-mikkla

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Re: 3D printed stops for the MFT and the FS tracks
« Reply #10 on: October 19, 2015, 07:47 AM »
That's one for you @Enrico74

I had mine made by a friend who has a 3d printer, I don't own one or plan to own one  [crying]

Offline Enrico74

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Re: 3D printed stops for the MFT and the FS tracks
« Reply #11 on: October 20, 2015, 08:24 AM »
What sort of price are you looking at for an assembled or a diy kit to make stuff like this?
I can consider making a few FS stops for those who are really interested (MFT ones require cutting tailored steel brackets, I wouldn't do that).
I have to weigh them to see how much I can pack in a cheap padded enveloppe (say 100g-200g).
Postage rates would be ridiculous for just two stops; I'd rather send 4 to 6 units per enveloppe to make it worth.
What quantity did you have in mind ?

Offline JackW

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Re: 3D printed stops for the MFT and the FS tracks
« Reply #12 on: October 21, 2015, 08:41 PM »
I would be interested in a few

Offline Zacharytanner

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Re: 3D printed stops for the MFT and the FS tracks
« Reply #13 on: October 21, 2015, 09:27 PM »
I'm interested in some

Frank
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Frank

Offline jmac80

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Re: 3D printed stops for the MFT and the FS tracks
« Reply #14 on: October 22, 2015, 02:53 AM »
Hi @Enrico74
Sorry I meant price for a 3D printer :)
James

Offline Harvey

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Re: 3D printed stops for the MFT and the FS tracks
« Reply #15 on: October 22, 2015, 08:04 AM »
Tom (Enrico74), why don't you list them on Shapeways?
That way people will be able to order them, and you'll get a modest profit on your work.
Just a duffer

Offline Roseland

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Re: 3D printed stops for the MFT and the FS tracks
« Reply #16 on: October 22, 2015, 11:47 AM »
Very nice.  Having spent most of my working life in 3D printing it's great to see its adoption outside big companies.

You say you don't have an FS-stop to model yours from.  The genuine stops have a small lip that rides over the tab on the back of the TS saws, so as to stop the saw lifting if it tries to kick back during a plunge cut.

I agree with an earlier poster - things like this need to be on a site where we can all benefit from the design.

Keep up the good work,

Andrew
TS55, MFT/3, OF1400, OF1010, CT26, RS100, ETS125, CXS, MFS400, DF-500, Zobos.

Offline Enrico74

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Re: 3D printed stops for the MFT and the FS tracks
« Reply #17 on: October 22, 2015, 03:44 PM »
Sorry I meant price for a 3D printer :)
[big grin]
You need to have good CAD knowledge to really take advantage of 3D printing.
There are a lot of options nowadays, starting as low as 60$ http://www.instructables.com/id/Cherry-60-3D-Printer/
Quality kits are more in the 500$-1000$ range and this is the option I chose.

@Harvey & @Roseland
I already disclosed the design and CAD files on Thingiverse, anybody can use them (take a look at my initial post).
Shapeways is rather expensive compared to my printing costs, I don't think it's worth compared to a genuine stop.

I don't expect to make much profit out of these and won't be printing hundreds of units in my spare time.
Though I can print a small batch for you guys that are willing to give it a try.
Those who are really interested can send me an PM ;)
« Last Edit: November 10, 2015, 04:49 AM by Enrico74 »

Offline Gjarman12

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Re: 3D printed stops for the MFT and the FS tracks
« Reply #18 on: November 07, 2015, 06:13 PM »
These were great. Thanks for sharing.

Offline Enrico74

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Re: 3D printed stops for the MFT and the FS tracks
« Reply #19 on: December 15, 2018, 02:32 PM »
Here is another 3D print I just designed.
This one is used to secure 20mm dogs or stops from the underside of the MFT.



It's a combination of three printed parts (base, cap and threaded junction) and an M8 bolt.



Everything is detailed and published on thingiverse: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3286348
Leave me a comment if you print one ;)