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‘There must be another solution’: 3D printer fixes Yellowknife woman’s broken car part – CBC.ca

by • August 13, 2016 • No Comments

A Yellowknife woman with a broken car part is getting assist of a robotics club in Inuvik, pretty than her local mechanic.
Jan Fullerton owns a 1992 Toyota Celica GT-Four, a limited version car created by Toyota to compete in the World Rally Championships.
toyota celicaFullerton owns a 1992 Toyota Celica GT-Four, a limited version car created by Toyota to compete in the World Rally Championships. (Skills Canada Northwest Territories)
Since only limited numbers of the car were created, getting parts is increasingly complex, and when Fullerton accomplished she needed a new clip for the end of her car’s wiper arm, she learned the clip is no longer manufactured.
“I discovered the part I needed on line, but it seemed like it was quite expensive, and I idea ‘there must be another solution,'” said Fullerton.
That is when Fullerton, who is the Executive Director with Skills Canada N.W.T., remembered a project her organization had funded.
“We funded a few 3D printing equipment up in Inuvik,” for East Three Secondary School’s robotics club.
Fullerton and so phoned Matthew Dares with the Aurora Research Institute, who runs the club, to find out whether the part she needed was a fewthing the club can be willing to print.
Dares said he was additional than pleased to assist.
“I can tell you, it is in fact a relief anytime we find a few practical use for the 3D printing device,” he said.
wiperThe club 3D printed Fullerton a new clip for the end of her car’s wiper arm. (Skills Canada Northwest Territories)
According to Dares, the printing device is by far the many talked of piece of innovation the club has access to, but it can be a challenge to use it in a significant way.
“To put a fewthing in use in the real world is a trickier application for the reason you have to deal with create tolerances, and in fact only the shrinkage of the material after it prints,” he said. “Jan’s project in fact created an great demonstration of that for the club.”
After printing five various parts, the club finally got equitething right, and Fullerton couldn’t be happier.
But, she was clear that she is not going to consider the club to be her own very own parts shop.
“One of the things I was concerned of in doing this is that it may appear like I was very ownly benefiting,” Fullerton said, explaining that she decided to manufacture a donation to the club, that Dares said was much appreciated.
As for Fullerton’s car, it is in fact off the road again after another part broke down.
“I don’t ponder is a fewthing we can 3D print, unless Matthew tells me they can do clutch slave cylinders, so it is in fact at the mechanic’s right now while we get that one in,” she joked.


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