Repairing Appliances with Shapeways 3D Printed Ceramic Parts (VIDEO)

How to extend the life of a kitchen appliance using Shapeways 3D printed ceramic parts.

When a small part for Shapeways community member Mitagaki’s Panasonic Bread maker broke he looked everywhere for a replacement part.  The manufacturer no longer supported the model so what was a $5 replacement part became unobtainable and the $200 appliance was rendered worthless. 

Rather than throwing the entire appliance away, Mitagaki 3D modeled a copy of the broken ceramic part and then 3D printed it in ceramics with Shapeways. 

After successfully testing the 3D printed ceramic component he made a minor adjustment to the design and has now made the Panasonic SD-YD250 breadmaker replacement bobbin available for others to repair their appliance using Shapeways.

3 comments

  1. Glenn

    I can forsee a point in the near future where companies will, instead of carrying a huge inventory of replacement parts, simply direct customers to Internet locations like Shapeways where a replacement part can be ordered directly… Or offer the file for a customer to download and print on their home 3D Printer.

    1. Duann

      I think this will start to happen very, very soon.

  2. Leaps Blog

    Great article, thank you! I am glad that soon there will be no need to buy whole new products again just because of missing or broke tiny parts, thanks to the (r)evolutionary emergence of 3D printing! My aunt, who works with ceramic art, will also love it!

    I posted an article in my LEAPS Blog ( http://www.leapsblog.com ) about 3D Printing that you might like to check because it is relevant to this blog and website, and might spark your interest. Here it is:

    3D Printing at Home is Here! The Next Trillion Dollar Industry: A Revolution in Industry, Commerce, Economy, Intellectual Property, Transportation, Technology, Ecology, Sustainability, Education, Medicine, Healthcare, Art, Architecture, Design, Fashion (etc.), and People’s Daily Lives >>> http://socialmediabar.com/3d-printing

    Thank you!
    Moses
    LEAPS Blog

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