Quick Fastener.jpg
Device data
Manufacturing files https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1185324
Software license [ ]
Hardware license [ ]
Project data
Authors Zach Chenier
Status Designed
Prototyped
Completed 2015
Made? Yes
Replicated? No
Cost USD $ 0.02
Export to Open Know How Manifest
Page data
Type Device, Project
Keywords 3D printing, quick fastener, snowmobile parts, plastic
SDGs Sustainable Development Goals SDG09 Industry
innovation and infrastructure
Authors Zach Chenier
Kathy Nativi
Published 2015
License CC BY-SA 3.0
Affiliations MTU
Michigan_Tech's_Open_Sustainability_Technology_Lab
MY4777
Language English (en)
Page views 173


The quick fastener is what secures the plastic body panels to the frame of the snowmobile. They work by inserting them into the prefabed holes in the plastic, push in and turn it 90 degrees clockwise and the spring pushes back and locks it into place. This device qualifies as an OSAT Project because it was a request made by someone who needed snowmobile parts. This device is a fraction of what it would normally cost if bought from a dealer/shop. If you own a Yamaha 4-stroke snowmobile, you know the need for these quick fasteners.

Bill of Materials[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.75mm PLA filament
    1. Link to Thingiverse with scad and stl files.
[|http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1185324]]

Tools needed[edit | edit source]

  1. MOST Delta RepRap or similar RepRap 3-D printer
  2. Open SCAD
  3. Cura
  4. Exacto Knife

Skills and knowledge needed[edit | edit source]

  1. 3D Printing and 3D Modeling

Technical Specifications and Assembly Instructions[edit | edit source]

Printing

  1. Set to 40% fill
  2. Print Speed: 40mm/s
  3. It takes 12-15 minutes to print
  4. Clean the grooves with the exact-o knife after printing is finished

RepRap Settings

  1. Run Speed: 35%
  2. Feed Rate: 72%
Quick Fastener2.jpg

Common Problems and Solutions[edit | edit source]

  • Be sure to watch the extruder when printing the grooved end to make sure there is not too much filament coming out of the hot end.
  • Turn the feed rate and run speed down if the extruded filament looks like it is getting bunched up.

Cost savings[edit | edit source]

  1. 1g of filament per fastener = $0.02 per fastener
  2. Cost from a Yamaha dealer (single fastener, tax not included) = $13.50
    1. $ savings: $13.48
    2. % savings: 99.8% .