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G0602 Lathe Accessory Upgrade – QCTP Tool Holder Storage Brackets!

Hi guys! I’ve been without internet due to a winter storm for more than a week. It’s good to be back!

Luckily I only lost power for 1 day following the storm. So I had a lot of time to play around with my newly constructed 3D printer. One of the first parts I made was a Quick Change Tool Post (QCTP) Tool Holder that would attach to the back of my Grizzly G0602 lathe’s backsplash. Here you can see 5 tool holder storage brackets clipped in place, with my trusty Diamond Tool Holder hanging on the first bracket.

I have an AXA (#100) piston-style QCTP and I needed a good way to store my tool holders. My tool holders were too tall to fit into all but the biggest drawer on my Kennedy tool chest, and I had other stuff occupying that space. So my tool holders always seemed to sit on the benchtop or on a clean part of my chip tray near my tailstock. Not ideal. I’ve knocked them off more than once – and they ALWAYS land cutting-edge down.

Then Norman sent me some cast aluminum tool holders that were an excellent yet simple solution to the problem. But they needed to be mounted to the wall to be used effectively. I didn’t have a wall nearby to bolt them to (I have metal shelving along every square foot of my shop walls) so I bolted them to a piece of 2×4 and clamped that near my lathe. That worked, but it wasn’t an ideal solution either.

So instead I took cues from Normans design and created an ABS plastic version that would clip to my G0602 backsplash. I’m very pleased with the results! Here’s a closeup:

The parts aren’t perfectly smooth like what you’d expect from an injection molded part. But then again, they don’t need to be smooth to perform their function. My 3D printer lays down layers of plastic in very thin (.010 or less) layers with an accuracy/resolution of .003 to .005 – just fine for a part like this. Each part takes a little over an hour to print, so they aren’t as quick to manufacture as an injection molded part either. But the setup cost for an injection mold for a part like this would be in the thousands just to have the mold made. I think that’s probably the reason nobody has bothered to manufacture a part like this before – they’d have a hard time making their money back on the initial mold investment if they sold the parts for $10 a piece. But having the ability to print a part like this eliminates the financial barriers associated with bringing it to market.

I’m going to list a few of these on eBay at $8 each. If ProjectsInMetal members/visitors would like to buy some I’ll sell them for $7 and cut eBay and their fees out of the equation. They are very light and thus inexpensive to ship. About $4 for the set of 5 that I sent to Norman (from Seattle to Texas via First Class Mail). Shipping outside the USA will be a bit more, but I won’t overcharge.

If the parts prove popular and a lot of people buy them I may look a little harder into an injection mold. But for now I’m extremely happy with the printed version. They are very strong (you’d have to try hard to break them) and fit my tool holders very well. As for the backsplash, the G0602 has a lip that is folded forward .06, and down .05. If you have a different backsplash with similar dimensions the brackets would probably fit with little to no modification. But if necessary they could be easily filed to fit a slightly larger backsplash lip. They won’t, however, fit a backsplash folded the opposite direction. But I could easily re-design the clip if you’ve got a lathe with different dimensions. Just let me know.

If you’d like to purchase, please use the PayPal button below. If you have trouble using the PayPal button, please send me a private message via the forum. Right now the only color I have is Black, and I have 10 in stock (but I can make more). Thanks!

G0602 QCTP Tool Holder Storage Bracket: $7 USD 

 

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About Tyler

Tyler is a hobby machinist and 3D printing aficionado. He teaches computer programming and web development at Highline near Seattle. Tyler founded Projects In Metal in 2008 because he was frustrated by the lack of free plans available for hobby machinists.

28 comments

  1. Glad to hear you’re both enjoying your clips! I’ve just added a new product to the store page and I’ve got a few other things in the works. I’ll keep you posted.

  2. Tyler,

    Nice job on the holders.

    Curious, how long does this take you to print.  

    Have you considered just pouring them into a silicone mold? The Material you could/would use would be urethane based.

    VERY VERY tough stuff . Easy to do and the materials can be had most anywhere.

    I just mentioned this because thats what I use for most of my projects. perhaps the urethane might end up costing more

    but once poured, your pulling a part out in less then 30 mins. you could pour several, or even dozens at a time. 

    I started out using the urethane as a way to build inexpensive molds for my thermo former. (2′x6′) 

    Feel free to contact me if you have any questions..

    Sam 

  3. Hi Sam, I have considered a silicone mold, but I’ve only worked with silicone molds once (I made some soap molds for my wife who makes her own soap). 

    For that project I had a friends help who’s an experienced moldmaker. He’s since moved and I’ve lost contact with him. 

    The parts take about 1.5 hours each to print. I print them 4 at a time (since that’s what fits on the printing bed). So I run a batch before I go to bed, then another when I get up, and then a third when I get home. So I can print about 12 in 24 hours. But I like the idea of molding them instead. Especially if I made a half dozen molds and mixed up a large batch of urethane.

    How much does the eurethane cost? Is it by the ounce?

    And the silicone? I think we used about $100 in silicone to make the two trays we made for soap, but I don’t know if I’d use the same kind, or a different kind for urethane.

    So yes, I’d love to pick your brain further. You’re not by any chance in the seattle area are you? That’d be just too convenient! I’m not that lucky.

  4. Tyler,

    No, unfortunately for you Im not in Seattle, Tampa bay ….

    My wife is from Vancouver Ca. but that doesn’t help at all huh!?… Moving on. Like just about everything  You can purchase urethane from many place’s and varieties. the product I use comes in 1 gallon kits and last i recall is about $60 produces about 1.2 gallons in volume. dries to working / handling in about 15 mins. very tough stuff. I have been through about 15 gallons of the stuff.

    Ill look up the vendor (Bcc products)info and send it to you. (I use the quick cast line) and yes your right you could make a silicone mold that holds say 6,7,8 heck 2 dozen parts. then pour all of them at once.  the finished product would only require, IF (and this is a maybe ) the removal of the spur. 

    time would be cut into a fraction of your current time. another thing to keep in mind is the cost of the silicone yes its quite pricey and won’t last forever, but its totally recycle-able. so no real lost $$. I just did a steering wheel for my truck…I prob spent a total of 150. in all of my chems and parts. no labor of course. but it came out sweet. as a lot of my other projects. Steering wheel link here

     Link is at my Apple me gallery (apple is killing this service in another 2 weeks.) so the link won’t last long.

    While Injection molding would of course be the best solution it also requires the greatest investment…. Im guessing 10-15K minimum? likely more. so while the pouring solution might be a little more costly. it saves tons of time and will without a doubt produce a stronger part. their are a few things you can do to save on material. like fill the cavity with another agent to displace the urethane. etc…  

    anyways tho should keep your busy for at least a few mins eh? ha.

    PM or fire me an email Ill give you my # if it helps.

     

    Sam

  5. Hi Sam, back from Victoria, so I can finally reply. Your steering wheel looks excellent! You put a lot of work into it, but it looks great. And knowing ford, you probably saved a grand or more on buying a new wheel (if they even sell a replacement).

    One thing you said puzzled me. Silicone is recycle-able? How? Once it’s set I figured that it was not reusable. Is that not the case?

    We should probably move this conversation to a new post to keep this post on topic. Any interest in doing a writeup on mold making?

  6. Tyler,

    I sent you a pm. like you said I think our conversation was getting off topic.. :)

     

    Sam


  7. Tyler said
     

    One thing you said puzzled me. Silicone is recycle-able? How? Once it’s set I figured that it was not reusable. Is that not the case?

     

    Example:

    lets say your pouring a 12″ cube so thats 12x12x12 minus the cavity but lets assume their is no cavity. (just for the sake of this recycle-able explanation.)

    you can take some silicon that was used from another/previous project. and even the silicone you scraped up from previous pours, cleanup material overflow material etc…. and recycle it back in the next pour.

    most people will grind it up (say using a meat grinder but optional) then mix it in with the pour.  Each mold is different and has or will probably have different requirements. The thing to remember is you can use the previously kicked off silicone to displace some of the next pour. So if you had half of that in volume then the next pour should only require enough silicone to fill a 6″ cube. saving you some $$

    I hope I explained this correctly.

     

    Sam

     

     

     

  8. Thanks Sam, that makes sense. I hadn’t thought of recycling it by using it as filler. Thanks for explaining! I got your PM also.