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 Post subject: 3d Print a Knife Handle?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2015 8:01 am 
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Curious has anyone tried it or have seen it tried? I know you can usually print up some kind of hybrid carbon fiber filament these days.



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 Post subject: Re: 3d Print a Knife Handle?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2015 2:57 pm 
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Huh, might be neat....never tried it though or seen it.



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 Post subject: Re: 3d Print a Knife Handle?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 07, 2015 11:07 am 
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#D printed scales on a kershaw. Looks pretty cool. I guess it depends on what kind of printer you have in order to print different materials than normal plastics. I've seen concrete and metal printers used for creating other items.

http://www.alloutdoor.com/2014/07/25/3d ... fe-scales/



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 Post subject: Re: 3d Print a Knife Handle?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 07, 2015 3:02 pm 
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Fun youtube search on 3d printed knives :)

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_ ... ted+knife+



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 Post subject: Re: 3d Print a Knife Handle?
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whosthebestcop wrote:#D printed scales on a kershaw. Looks pretty cool. I guess it depends on what kind of printer you have in order to print different materials than normal plastics. I've seen concrete and metal printers used for creating other items.

http://www.alloutdoor.com/2014/07/25/3d ... fe-scales/

I've been interested in the applications of the newer metal 3d printers. I hear gunsmiths are interested in them, to print old, out of production parts. They even printed a metal 1911 back in November 2013. But those have to only have a rockwell hardness in the 20's(barrel) to 30's(frames), nowhere near that of a kitchen knife(don't knives also need different hardnesses between the spine and the edge?).

While printing metal handles would be cool, I wonder, are there any applications for printing a knife, if they can work out the heat treating?


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 Post subject: Re: 3d Print a Knife Handle?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2015 6:20 am 

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It's less the heat treat and more the structure... with current 3d printing technology, printing a truly viable knife is not possible. It's always done in layers. The layering process is the largest limitation in 3d printing. The hardness and composition of the metal is a whole different battle. In the case of knives, don't fix what isn't broken. You can easily 3d print a handle... not that it would be a great one with current home printer materials. (or even industrial for that matter...)


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