The Maker Show: Episode 4 - Building and Printing a 3D Model to Fit a Real Component

A week ago I blogged about The Maker Show, a new Channel 9 show for makers. The Maker Show is an informal dive into the exciting world of makers. Each week, one of our expert makers will go hands-on with techniques, how to’s, tips & tricks in various maker areas including electronics, programming tools, hardware boards, components & sensors, connectivity, building hacks & gadgets, 3D printing, manufacturing prototypes, and other cool yet useful topics.

The show is published every week and we’ve had great episodes so far:

  • In episode 0, we explored why developers should become makers, what’s the opportunity, what to build, what to buy, and where to go from here.
  • In episode 1, David Crook gave us a cool introduction to electronics, starting with how to make electricity from lemons!
  • In episode 2, Brian Sherwin started working with the Arduino, blinking LEDS and working with potentiometers.
  • In episode 3, Sam Stokes covered a lot of the theory behind servo motors when applied to Arduino hacks.

This morning, my colleague Jeremy Foster just posted Episode 4, titled Building and Printing a 3D Model to Fit a Real Component.

Often times, when you are designing a 3D part to print, you'll need it to marry up to an existing part or assembly. Perhaps you need a motor to be mounted on the part, or perhaps the part is going to integrate with a home power outlet cover. This is such a common case, that we wanted to take an episode to discuss how Jeremy has found to get this done quite elegantly.

Jeremy covers the use of his favorite 3D modeling tool - Autodesk Fusion 360. He uses this in concert with GrabCAD ( to find existing parts. Once he pulls his existing part in to Fusion 360, he has very good control over interfacing with all of the shapes, faces, and features of that existing part. It's quite exciting.

Once you finish and print your part, then, you'll be confident that it will be ready to be mounted or have your existing parts mounted on it. You can even 3D print receiver holes for screws.

Watch the new episode using the embedded player below, or on the Channel 9 show page.

Make sure to bookmark for new episodes every week, typically posted on Thursdays in the morning. If there is a specific topic, product or tech you’d like us to cover on the show, let us know by tweeting to @TheMakerShow, commenting under the latest episode on Channel 9, or email us at