When the creators of HomeMade Modern first saw 3D printers in action, they immediately thought about all of the new possibilities that they could incorporate into their own designs. HomeMade Modern, a design studio headed by Ben Uyeda and Jamie Guan, shares affordable modern design ideas with more than 50 million people each year. At first, they saw 3D printing as a great complement to traditional wood working and making. Before long however, they realized that 3D printing could actually be an integral part of the process of customizing and modifying the details of one’s home.
After becoming more familiar with 3D design, Jamie Guan was able to use the Robo R2 to customize a drill bit accessory for her Ryobi drill. Often times, when Jamie found herself working on projects requiring the use of a drill, the drill bits would be spread out throughout her toolbox and it took some time to locate the proper one to use. Necessity is often the mother of invention, and it was then that an idea to create an accessory for the drill to maintain the different drill bit sizes sprang into her mind. Brainstorming the design for this tool accessory, she knew that it had to be directly attached onto the drill itself and that the best place for it would be at the bottom of the drill. She also knew that it would also have to be stable enough to sit upright.
Using Autodesk Fusion 360, Jamie started off by designing the front portion of the drill, as she wanted to find the right fit for the front without having to print out the entire piece. This saved her a significant amount of time and also avoided wasting material. After the front piece fit, she measured out the body of the drill and incorporated that into her final design. With each iteration, she was closer and closer to finding the perfect fit for the drill bit accessory.
"What's really incredible about the Robo R2 is that prints straight out of the printer are already clean. Minimal cleanup and no sanding that needs to be done."
Having the 3D printers made this simple and practical idea achievable. Jamie and Ben are now using the Ryobi drill bit accessory on construction sites and they have been super handy!