Do You DIY?

What do you do when the guttering system you are using doesn’t include the pipe-joint you need? What you could do is model it and then print it.


OK, so I am in the fortunate position that I can model in 3D

  • Time to model- over an hour- but I’m sure an experienced CAD technician could do it in 20 minutes -I probably could second time around. 
  • Time to print -9 hours conservative settings.

So compared to the £2-£3 this may have cost as a standard fitting, this could be seen as expensive. However it’s the potential of things to come that really excite. Modelling tools will become more accessible than they already are, and printers are getting faster and better. Most owners of 3D printers at this point are engineers, designers, tinkerers and DIY’ers; so probably know the potential already- but it was when I showed this pipe fitting to my Dad on a Skype call that I saw the light bulb switch on for him; and he absolutely got it. It’s not all about cosplay and widgets, not just about drones or the dreaded 3D printed guns. I am making truly useful things around the house and office pretty much every week. It’s become as important a DIY tool for me as my drill. 


Wondering what it’s for? It’s an overflow for times when heavy rain causes the soak-away to back up, the overflow runs onto the ground instead of backing up all the way to the gutter. In the last picture you can see this fitting has been acetone polished- that helps smoothness and strength.

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