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3D Printer Project - Printed Toilet Seat Bumber / Spacer

Discussion in '3D Printed Project Showcase' started by Nifty, Jun 17, 2018.

  1. Jun 17, 2018
    Nifty

    Nifty Printer Master Administrator

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    So, I'll admit it... I LOVE having a bidet on a toilet! In fact, I've purchased about 7 of these SUPER cheap ones and given them to friends and even installed them for a few people... just to spread the true gospel! Many people (myself included) swear that it's the best $25 you could spend! (and the install only takes like 10 minutes)

    I mean, look at the reviews! almost 6,500 4.5 stars!!! https://amzn.to/2MxH3SI

    Anyway...

    The only problem I had is with one of my toilets has a seat where after adding the bidet, the seat was raised higher, and not seating against the bowl. I had too much space between the bowl and the seat :(

    I noticed the spacer / bumper / foot on the bottom of the seat (and space between the bumper and the bowl):
    seat2.jpg

    I pulled off the bumper and thought "I bet I could print a spacer for this!"

    ... and then remembered Chuck's video where he scanned a thing and imported it into tinkercad to model from!!!

    See the first few minutes here:


    You can see my scan of the bottom of my spacer here:
    Clipboard01.jpg

    I edited it a bit in photoshop, converted it to black/white, and imported it into tinkercad:
    2018-06-12 21_46_38-3D design toilet seat spacer _ Tinkercad _ https___www.tinkercad.com_.gif

    Next I designed basic shapes into this model:
    2018-06-12 21_47_02-3D design toilet seat spacer _ Tinkercad _ https___www.tinkercad.com_.gif

    Which ended up like this:
    2018-06-12 21_47_25-3D design toilet seat spacer _ Tinkercad _ https___www.tinkercad.com_.gif


    My first few iterations were going to be replacing the existing gray bumper with this plastic one... which I did, and it worked pretty well.

    ... but, I liked the rubberized material of the existing bumper, so I took the shapes I used to create the holes, duplicated them, and made them "shapes", which ended up like this:

    toilet-bumper-spacer-3d-printed.gif

    After a bunch of testing, tweaking, etc. (as seen below)...
    toilet-bumper-spacer-3d-printed-5.jpg


    ... I ended up with perfection!!!
    seat3.jpg

    This was a very satisfying project!

    :)
     
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  2. Jun 17, 2018
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    @Nifty you are certainly getting full use of your 3D printer and I am doing much the same, because I can’t look at something without thinking I can make it better, I wonder when others will see just how handy and exciting these simple printers are...;)
    Congratulations on another great project, this stuff is priceless, bring it on I say... :thumbsup
     
  3. Jun 17, 2018
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    Hooray for the bidet but a cold spray? Brrr!

    Great project, Nifty. Well done. :clap
     
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    @stratman, that puts a bit of a dampener on things... :eek:
     
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    Especially for the dangling bits. :confused:
     
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  6. Jun 17, 2018
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    You guys... :rolleyes:

    They do make super fancy electronic heated seats, warm water, hot-air dry, bidets, but I actually like the simplicity of the manual cheap ones. I think everyone should spend the $25 and just try one out. Everyone I've purchased one for is quickly converted to a believer!

    Regarding the print: Yeah, I really love finding ways to design and print myself out of problems!

    What's funny is the old saying, "if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail"... well, I sometimes feel like I'm always making up excuses / reasons to "fix" something with a 3D print! :D
     
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  8. Sep 8, 2018
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    Welp, I knew it was a question of "if" and not "when" my test prints for this project would break.

    I had printed them with very little infill or wall strength to speed up the prototyping / printing process.

    ... and one just broke:

    (you can see how little infill there was)
    upload_2018-9-8_11-39-22.png

    So, I printed a new version with 50% infill and 4 walls:

    upload_2018-9-8_11-39-58.png

    Should be MUCH stronger!


    (took only about 10 minutes to print the replacement... 3D printers are so cool!!!)
     
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    I mostly found it faster to use high infill, up to 100% on most things that are going to get a bit of rough treatment, add up the time it takes to print something twice, especially when it time your trying to save and not the filament.
    I can’t count the amount of times some of my projects broke in my hand with 30% infill...:hu
     
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    I don't think I've ever printed anything with 100% infill, but very few things I print require a lot of strength. Of course, I might change my tune if this thing breaks again ;)
     

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