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3D printed car jack

posted 09 December 2015 at 00:24:19

You might find it hard to believe, but it’s possible to download a fully functional car jack from Thingiverse and 3D print it yourself – that is, if you have a printer with a large enough print area. Files for printing the car jack have been released by South African inventor and engineer Hans Fouche, of Fouche 3D Printing, to coincide with the launch of his Cheetah 2 3D printer. This follows in the wake of his 3D printed lawnmower and vacuum cleaner prototypes (both of which work!).  

It’s no mean feat to design a small plastic object that can lift the weight of a car. But Fouche is confident that the Cheetah 2, with a one cubic metre build volume, is up to the job. And what’s more, the printer uses ABS plastic granules, which are far cheaper than filament. The components take three hours to print and amazingly the layers of thick, strong ABS plastic can withhold the strain. The mechanism does have some metal parts though, namely a M12 threaded bar, M6 bolts and nuts and a hinge pin.  

 You can download the files here:  

 Image © Hans Fouche/