Damn to say that this is addicting is an understatement. And I haven’t had much sleep either. I bought a 3D design package called Cubify Invent and spent the better part of two days completely (and I mean completely) reading the manual and trying every option so I could fully utilize the tool.
We have an ATOC tandem topper designed to carry our tandem recumbent bicycle. I also wanted to utilize it for transporting my new mountain bike. The ATOC is designed for front forks with dropouts. My mountain bike has a through axle with no dropouts. To mount my bike I have to have an adapter. Well that adapter tended to spin around the ATOC’s spindle as that’s what it’s designed to do, to spin. This made mounting the mountain bike tricky and even worse subject it to whiplash as it rotated back and forth under acceleration and braking. So I designed and printed the following adapter for the adapter:
The solution works like a champ. I’ve however discovered that while the plastic, PLA, I’m using melts at 380 degrees Fahrenheit, it becomes malleable / deformable at 140 F, the temperature inside a warm car. So I’m going to have to wait until I can print with ABS plastic which melts at the same temperature but doesn’t become malleable until 200 F. To print ABS requires a heated print bed, something I don’t have at present.