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I'm not sure if there is already a thread like this but I wanted to put together some builds and repairs I've done using a 3d printer and share the 3d models with others as well as a place for others to share their ideas with one another.

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The first thing I'd like to put in here is how I repaired a maxspect gyre magnet shaft. 

This shaft had its magnet swelled up and cracked from using vinegar to clean it.20200111_225548.jpg

I first took off the protective plastic shell and scraped off all of the rust and sanded the corroded magnet down to it's original size of about 13mm in diameter.20200111_233005.jpg

Then I cleaned and measured all of the magnet shaft diameters so I could build a 3d print of a new shell.20200111_233416.jpg

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I then made a 3d model using tinkercad that matched the dimensions of the impeller before the plastic shell was taken off.20200111_234959.jpg

printed the model.20200112_153646.jpg

and made sure that the pieces fit.20200112_153900.jpg

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I then coated the magnets with a light bit of oil and glued the two shells on it with some Cyanoacrylate glue and let the harden.20200112_155615.jpg

Once they were cured, I added  a little more glue to all the seems and then sanded down the impeller shaft till it was smooth(ish).20200112_160719.jpg

Then put everything back together tested the pump, and it works! I have the impeller sitting in saltwater for a couple weeks to see if it sealed properly. But if it did, I ended up saving about $50-$60 for a new impeller!20200112_170649.jpg

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11 minutes ago, SuncrestReef said:

Wow!  Another reason I think I may need to get a 3D printer at some point.  Nice work!

Thanks!, I don't think I could go back to not having one, it does take some practice but it can sure pay off sometimes. Now I just have to wait and see if its sealed enough to be usable in an aquarium environment.

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Thats awesome Nate! Very impressive work

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8 minutes ago, R-3 said:

Thats awesome Nate! Very impressive work

Thank you!

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