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How I Repaired My Vacuum Cleaner with Blender (and a 3D printer) !



Christophe shows how easy it can be to prevent throwing something away, as long as you can do some modeling and you have access to a 3D printer. Go Makers!

Christophe Méresse writes:

The hose was broken. I used Blender to model these two parts and printed them with my Ultimaker. I screwed the big one into the hose and inserted it into the original vacuum cleaner part and finally stuck the small part to fix the whole.

Thank you Blender team ! :)


  1. Great application!
    How did you measured the spiral sizes?
    BTW: it's Electrolux Silencer :D))) Not sure about the model but I have very similar!
    And mine is still doesn't broken ) Oh no.. we've changed the "brush". One little thing was broken so I've got it will be better just to buy another one.
    One major bad thing about "3d printing recovery" is that when you're not in USA or Europe - you have big problems with delivery.
    Also the thickness of the detail seems to be very noticeable. hmmm
    How much did you paid for this print?

    • Christophe Méresse on

      I did the measures with a simple tape-measure (I measured a dozen of screw threads and made the division to be more precise). No need more precision, the hose is flexible enough to accept a small error.

      You are nearly right for the vacuum cleaner model, it's an "UltraSilencer".

      I've got my own printer, an Ultimaker, so no problem for the delivery and for the price... well let's say I still have to fix many vacuum cleaner before my printer becomes profitable ;)

      • Good luck with printing then :) I wish I could have one (I even seen that Peachie for 100$) but has no room and no time for that generally.
        P.S. yep, UltraSilencer.

  2. Is it safe to use custom made parts in power tool? What about fire/explosion risk if 3d printed part failed under stress.

    • I wouldn't recommend it - most 3D printing is useful only for 'decorative purposes' at the moment. Printing high-stress parts would require a thorough certification of both the printing process and the 3D design. So no, I wouldn't want to print a new braking system for my car yet ;-)

    • True, even titanium is available. Still, you can't compare these processes to traditional casting, so you'll have to be careful with using these in high-force situations. That's not to say it's impossible though: Boeing is 3D printing steel parts for airplanes these days and the technology is also used in Formula-1 racing.

  3. I think this will be a trend in society - especially in times of crisis throwaway mentality can not be the solution anymore, so things like that are a very powerful instrument

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