I'm looking for some 3D printable valves?
Such as ball, gate and globe valves.
My school has recently purchased a replicator x2 and Digitizer (Digitizer is pretty much useless)
The reason for purchasing the printer is to build training aids to help cut costs. (Valves)
Being able to print multiple plastic valves on demand vs the procurement of 'REAL' valves.
I have my own printer at home, and once the school found out about it, they asked/tasked me for assistance.
I don't have the skills to CAD the valves, so I thought I might ask for some help.
I've gone through thingiverse and grab cad, and although there are valves there, I don't think any are printable?
Anyone thoughts, or ideas to help my school out?
I know the most of the challenges to 3D printers, and the challenge to set this up. If the school can
get some workable proto types from this set-up, they are willing to get a more 'Professional' 3D printer.
Just to clarify, you want to print models of the valves to use for educational purposes, correct? You are not trying to print fully functional devices that will actually contain fluid and hold a seal, correct?
Thingiverse and Grab-cad are the places I would have recommended you start with... when you say the valves you found are not "printable" what exactly is wrong with them? Not correct format? The shapes are not suited for printing? Or something else?
You could try some of the other sites listed here: Printable part sources. Yeggi and Parametric Parts might have something you could use.
You could also make a request in r/cad and someone might be happy to make you a few models.
What kind of valves? I do valve engineering at work. Mostly large industrial motor-operated gate valves. I can't provide you with the actual geometry of our valves, but I can probably make some simple scale representations.