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This is an example of a compliant device. It is printed in TPU in one piece. The flexible fulcrum allows force to travel from the stiff handles to the stiff jaws.

The advantages are a low part count … The disadvantage is the slight flexibility in the jaws, which makes the pliers less efficient… Materials that are sufficiently stiff and resistant to fatigue can be suitable for such applications.

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This 3D printed object was reproduced for 3D printing education.

Fully Compliant Pliers by BYU_CMR is licensed under the Creative Commons – Attribution license,