3D Printed glass supports for Gretzky game
If anyone owns the Gretzky table hockey game with the accessory pack that included the benches and glass boards, then you may have experienced a broken bracket or two (as I did) when you had to box the game up.
So in my search for a replacement, I had a couple options: track down a replacement on Ebay or try to recreate the bracket in a modeling program and fabricate it on a 3D printer. So I chose to model the bracket and fabricate. I had never modeled anything for 3D printing before, so I gave a program called Sketchup a try. I used the online free version that runs in the browser.
Took me a few hours to learn the application and model the bracket. Since I didn't have a 3D printer, I went online and outsourced the print. The result was pretty impressive. My model was fabricated using white ABS and the finals were near identical to the original. They had a little more flex to them, which might make them less prone to breaking when they are removed. Below is a photo of the 3D prints of the 4 brackets that were fabricated.
Thought I would share in case anyone has thought about 3D printing some custom parts for their games.
Thanks. Yeah these brackets do snap easily. These ones that I fabricated seem to have some better flexibility than the originals. I've only attached them once, but they seemed to go on and come off a bit easier.
I can make the 3D model available to anyone that wants it. I would prefer to open source it in a way that allows anyone to fabricate it themselves, or I could just fabricate a bunch of them and sell them to anyone that wants it. Any suggestions?
You bet. Here's a link to download the .stl file I used when I ordered from 3Dhubs. The end result was great and thee brackets have held up pretty well. These were printed on a Folger TEch FT-5, using White ABS with a layer height of 200 μm. Let me know if you need a different file type and please share some pics of the finished prints.
tried to print it out last night.. it was super tiny.. i had to blow it up 1000% and it still turned out 1/2 the size.. still playing with it though..