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The blades on Mulitools are sometimes difficult to grip, or even impossible to deploy if your wearing gloves. These sturdy nylon thumb tabs are designed to solve the problem.
The tabs have a lightly textured surface, and provide a good grip. The nylon material has a porous surface, and will darken if exposed to grime. Select a black color if you believe this will be an issue for you.
Each tab is unique: A symbol is etched on the back of the two smaller tabs to help you determine which one to place on the saw, and which to place on the serrated blade.
Tritium Vial Design
Another customer requested product. Tritium vials are a great way to add color, and nighttime visibility to your multitool. These thumb-tabs are designed to hold 2x12mm tritium vials. Note the vials are not included. The tabs can also be filled with glow-in-the-dark resin for a similar look.
Don't separate the tabs for easier handling. Place a tritium vial into the recess in each tab, it should be a snug fit, but don't ever force the vials into place as they are made from glass.
Flip the assembly over, and apply a small amount of UV adhesive into the opening on the backside of the tab. Just enough to hold the vial in place. Before curing you can check the assembly and clean up any excess adhesive.
Place the assembly under a UV curing lamp with a wavelength appropriate to the UV resin you use. First with the tritium vials facing upwards, then flip it over and finish curing the backside.
Double check that the adhesive is cured by touching the backside with a needle.
Attaching the tabs to the tool:
The tabs may be held to the tool the same UV curing glue as the tritium vials, or you may use super glue.
To install: Insert the tabs into the blade, ensuring they sit flush with surface of the blade. And that the knurled side faced towards the inside of the tool.
Flip the blade over and apply a drop of glue to the edge between the blade and the tab. The glue will absorb into the plastic, and also into the seam. If any super glue gets onto the blade, wait about twenty seconds, and gently clean using a lint-free cloth with a small mount of Acetone applied to it. If you used UV glue, place the whole blade under a UV curing lamp as you did with the vials.
Acetone can be applied to the back of the tab using a cotton swab soaked in acetone. Allow the acetone to absorb into the nylon, then wait about thirty seconds before pushing the tab out from the back side. Clean up any glue residue using more acetone.
You can also soften the glue by gently heating up the blade to above 120°C. The nylon does not melt until over 200°C. (Do not apply heat directly to the plastic).
Attaching the tabs:
Super glue method:
Use super-glue (cyanoacrylate). You will also need Acetone to clean up any overflow of glue. To install: Insert the tabs into the blade, ensuring they sit flush with surface of the blade. Flip the blade over and apply a drop of super glue to the seam between the blade and the tab. The glue will absorb into the plastic, and also into the seam. If any glue gets onto the blade, wait about twenty seconds, and gently clean using a lint-free cloth with a small mount of Acetone applied to it.
Removing super glued thumb tabs: Click here to watch the video showing how to remove the thumb-tabs. Acetone can be applied to the back of the tab using a cotton swab soaked in acetone. Allow the acetone to absorb into the nylon, then wait about thirty seconds before pushing the tab out from the back side. Clean up any glue residue using more acetone. You can also soften the glue by gently heating up the blade to above 120°C. The nylon does not melt until over 200°C. (Do not apply heat directly to the plastic).
Screw method (FREE Series only):
Due to the way Shapeways works I cannot include the screws with your order. You will need to source your own screws.
A 0.035" size hex driver is needed for the above #1-72 screws. McMaster part number: 7122A12 A 0.9mm size hex driver is needed for the above M2 screws. McMaster part number: 7289A32
Splitting up the tabs:
The tabs may arrive joined together on a set of sprues. They can be separated using flush cutters, or by simply snapping the sprue with your tool. Then file any remaining sprue material flat. The sprues are strategically located to be hidden after installation.
How Shapeways fulfillment Works:
Many items on this website are manufactured by Shapeways.com
The parts are professionally 3D printed, and then drop shipped to your address. ZapWizard is the part designer. I receive a fixed portion of the total order.
Shipping costs and any other related fees related to Shapeways are controlled by Shapeways.com. For more information please see the Shapeways.com page on shipping time and costs.
I cannot customize, alter or process any returns after your order has been placed. All sales are final.
Shapeways.com provides a 10-day warranty for manufacturing defects. Please contact me as soon as possible if you have any defects such as a warped metal part, or heavily filled area. Please include your order number and a photo of the defective part.
About the material: Made from flexible yet strong Nylon 12 plastic. The part is created using 3D printed laser sintered plastic. The result is a solid plastic component that is durable and long-lasting.
Like all nylon materials the part can absorb moisture. Care should be taken to prevent prolonged exposure to liquids. Dry the part as soon as possible to prevent warping.
Custom Colors: If you want a color not available above: You can dye the parts using any colored permanent marker. Simply order the thumb tabs in white, and color them yourself. The surface is slightly porous and will hold color well. They may also be dyed using any fabric dye compatible with Nylon (Polyamide).