This vise can be used to well.... clamp stuff! (including PCBs)
There is a horizontal and vertical slot so that it can clamp small round objects or even PCBs! This will make it a lot easier to solder PCBs.
When I designed this vise I considered all of the weaknesses of 3d printing. I made sure that it was designed and printed in the best orientation for strength. The most common way that a 3d printed object can break is when the layers delaminate. The way that this was built will eliminate any chances of delamination by aligning the parts for printing so that the layers are parallel to the forces exerted by the vise. If anything does break, it will be due to the strength of the plastic.
The lead screws thread into the sliding jaw so that they are easy to replace.
I recommend printing the screws with 100% infill and at 5 degrees Celcius higher than you would normally to minimize the chances of the layers delaminating in the screw while handling. While it is in the vise, there are no forces that could break the screw by delamination.
There are 2 versions of the "Left and Right Gears(Print 2)". The files ending with "tight" means the tolerances and tight and only suitable for higher-end machines. The files ending with "loose" have looser tolerances and will work with lower-end machines. You only need to use 1 type of the files.
- Print everything. This object is 100% 3d printable.
- Glue the 2 halves of the vise base together. Glue is sufficient as there are no forces that could pull them apart. Make sure to sandwich the sliding jaw in between the 2 halves as you won't be able to do it later.
- Slide the screws into the largest screws in the base and then thread them into the threaded gears. Then twist until they reach the sliding jaw and thread them into the sliding jaw.
- Assemble the other gears as shown. The middle gear connects to the knob. Glue them together and if desired, use an m4 screw to hold the knob more securely.
- Clamp something!
Feel free to let me know if you have any suggestions or are having any problems with this design in the comments!
Amazon Basics PLA (ABS or PETG may be stronger)
10-15% Screws: 100% and 5 Degrees C higher than normal