Third ELLO Post for Project 2: Prosthesis' Prostheses
A Toggle Clamp is usually used to hold wood down that is being glued or sawed. Mine does not need to be that strong. I found a toggle clamp on thingiverse.com by Funi (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:291817) and figured I could modify it in Maya to fit my ice cream/yogurt needs. I wanted to know what scale (how many centimeters) this clamp will need to be and what kinds of physical modifications I would need to make in Maya. With the downloaded stl.file in hand, I bounced down to Marston Science Library to print my very first 3-D printed item! I am so thankful to the 3-D printing staff at Marston because they actually take the time to sit and consult with you and I really needed that because my clamp would have been 2x too big and more expensive if I had not gotten my print o.25 solid.
I came back and got my printed mini clamp the next day and it was adorably tiny and lime green. I went home and tried to work the clamp the way I had imagined it with a spoon and it did not work at all. The mini clamp was actually a little too big to fit comfortably in my hand. That’s mostly because the base of the clamp would need to be modified in Maya. The real issue was that the action of the clamp as a mechanism was all wrong when I tried to work it with the Mochi cup. The design of the mechanism would be much better if I could pull a trigger with my forefinger, steady the cup with my thumb, and hold the cup with my last three fingers. Also the little plugs and side buffers of the mini clamp just didn't fit inside of the holes. But I got I nice pair of Japanese-style finger high heels out of them.