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Heat Set Insert Rig

3D model description

In this project we're building a rig for installing heat set inserts. Use 3D printed parts and hardware to build a solder rig with smooth linear roller action! Make perfectly straight inserts with precision using a tip for installing inserts.

Learn guide: https://learn.adafruit.com/heat-set-rig/
Project video https://youtu.be/bbsD-3_AP_0
3D Hangouts https://youtu.be/AJ9JT_pHqAw

When working with 3D printed parts, a press can help you install inserts. This holds a soldering iron vertically and allows you to press down, perfectly straight. The tip of the iron heats up the brass and softens the plastic. Pressing down pushes the insert into the part and once it cools down, it’s locked in place. This could be handy for folks doing a small production run or if you're looking for a tool to make this easier.

This rig makes installing inserts feel like pressing a hot knife through butter – The linear motion on this build feels smooth. This is definitely over engineered and we spent way too much time on it but we think folks will find it useful. The rig is modular and uses common hardware – The 3d printed parts can be remixed and modified to work with other components. There’s a learn guide for this project so folks can build their own.

Holding the iron straight seems simple enough and works fine most of the time but the conical shape of a regular soldering iron tip can catch the insert and accidentally pull it out while melting the plastic – And that can sometimes ruin parts.

Insert Tips
https://www.adafruit.com/product/4239

Soldering Iron 60W
https://www.adafruit.com/product/3685

2020 Aluminum Extrusion
https://www.adafruit.com/product/1221

M4 button head screws
https://www.adafruit.com/product/1160

M4 Slim T-Nuts
https://www.adafruit.com/product/1157

Stickvise PCB vise
https://www.adafruit.com/product/3197

Soldering Tips for Heat Set Inserts
https://www.adafruit.com/product/4239

Inventor II 3D Printer
https://www.adafruit.com/product/3897

Filament for 3D Printers
https://www.adafruit.com/product/2080

3D printing settings

Use these settings as reference. Values listed were used in Ultimaker's CURA 3.X slicing software.

0.2mm Layer Height / 0.4mm nozzle
0.38mm Line Width (inner & outer widths)
40mm/s printing speed
20% infill
Supports: No

  • 3D model format: STL

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CC BY SA

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