Yet ANOTHER Machine Vise
by MFG41BB77BD last updated Oct 12 2017



This is a quite robust 3d-printable machine vise. It's 100% 3d-printed - no screw or other piece of hardware is needed to hold the individual pieces together. Pieces clip and snap together. It's a demonstration that it is very important to consider forces and material properties already when designing a mechanical object. Hints about proper design are presented in my video:

The video also includes explanations how to assemble this vise.

For 3d-printing it's recommended to print 3 shell layers. 35% infill is sufficient. All the forces for clamping a workpiece are only active at the outer surface - more infill doesn't make the vise more robust. Layer height is 0.15 mm (maybe screws are better printed with 0.1mm layers). No support material needed. Printed with 0.4 mm nozzle.

Assembly: (thanks to

Designed with Fusion 360:

If there are difficulties to print the threaded rods vertically, I've designed a version of the sliding jaw with horizontally printed rods:

Overview and Background

Very often people just try to 3d-print common mechanical objects. But the traditional shape of these objects is often not 3d-printable, and if an object was successfully printed, it maybe does not work, or it is not strong enough.

For mechanical objects it is therefore required to adapt the design depending on its future use. If you're familiar with some CAD-tool, and if your creating designs for 3d-printing. I recommend to think about the special material properties of 3d-printed parts.

Lesson Plan and Activity

Actually I recommend to watch my video on YouTube. With this knowledge you will be able to design better 3d-printable mechanical objects: c-clamp, pliers, stands, geared-transmission, camera-mounts, ...

Materials Needed

A spool of PLA, or PETG, a 3d-printer, some CAD-Tool (Fusion 360, or Tinkercad, ...)

Name File Type File Size (kb)
Icon Vise_Base_Clip.stl Model File (.STL) 9
Icon Vise_Base_A.stl Model File (.STL) 823
Icon Vise_Base_Jaw_Plate.stl Model File (.STL) 64
Icon Vise_Base_B.stl Model File (.STL) 830
Icon Vise_Handle.stl Model File (.STL) 926
Icon Vise_Sliding_Jaw_Plate.stl Model File (.STL) 58
Icon Vise_Main_Gear.stl Model File (.STL) 921
Icon Vise_Sliding_Jaw.stl Model File (.STL) 3,670
Icon preview_featured.jpg Image File (.JPG) 112
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Yet ANOTHER Machine Vise uploaded by MFG41BB77BD is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution.
Credit to Christoph Laimer for the work of the same name at

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