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Threading and 3D printing.

nathan_goingsnathan_goings Member Posts: 4
I use Onshape as a hobby, and I wanted to show off my latest project.


and https://i.imgur.com/bOp8Pap.jpg

It's a clamp with threading that I'm going to try and 3D print.  Currently, my clearances and 3D printer need some calibration.

The threading took ~6 hours and multiple tries before I got to something I liked.

Any feedback is more than welcome!


  • alnis_smidchensalnis_smidchens Member Posts: 301 EDU
    Very nice! Some suggestions:
    - For threading, check out the ThreadCreator custom feature. It can speed things up a lot and help with the clarity/ease of modification of your design.
    - For tuning the clearances, you can make the actual model to the perfect/ideal dimensions, and use the "move face" feature to offset any faces that need to slide past each other as the last step. That way, all of your dimensions/extrudes etc. stay nice and easy to edit, and you don't have to remember whether you added a clearance or not to the dimension. You can print a clearance test like this one to check what offset you need.
    - For adding the threads to the rotating part so that they match with the threaded rod, you can use a boolean subtract feature (keep tools on) and a face offset (make sure to offset all faces) to easily add a clearance so that it actually rotates when printed. That way, you don't have to select each face of the thread individually.
    Get in touch: [email protected] | My personal site: https://alnis.dev | My YouTube channel (I make tutorial videos for Onshape & Inventor): https://www.youtube.com/c/AlnisSmidchens
  • robert_scott_jr_robert_scott_jr_ Member Posts: 72 ✭✭
    I generally create an .008" clearance between parts that fit onto/into each other for 3D printing.- Scotty
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