3D Printing Shelf Pegs [Updated]

Update: The internet is a wonderful place.  Shortly after posting this, I received contact from one of the commenters below.  Through a short discussion, it looks like one of the readers went on to buy 100 sets (400 pegs) from the Shapeways link.  I have them listed at Shapeways manufacturing cost only, but I feel I profited in helping the world in such a little way.

When buying a house, you always find that there are some parts of the house that the previous owner had something installed, and the bag of spare parts and the supplier they used are lost to antiquity.  This some times only gives you the option of replace, hack, or just live with it.  This happened in the house we bought last year.

The shelves in the kitchen don’t have your standard Ikea style shelf pegs that hold the shelves up.  Neither do they have the standard shelf pegs you can buy at home depot.  These are custom jobs created by some unknown manufacturer.  Not only are the non-standard pegs, but the holes they fit into are not only custom, they are a funky insert, twist and lock style.

After a discussion with a colleague at work I thought I’d 3D printing.  After going through a bit of a process, I ended up ordering a set from shapeways.com.  Here is the comparison of the original with the new.

New and old pegs

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At-Launch Linux Hardware Enablement

The Linux market presents some unique challenges to Independent Hardware Vendors (IHVs) in bringing their products to market with broad support available at the time of launch.  Independent of ideological or pragmatic rationale, both Open Source and proprietary drivers are constrained by similar mechanics.  This article provides a broad outline of the mechanics and considerations that are needed for delivering hardware support at-launch.

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Making More Informed Linux Hardware Choices

This presentation was made at Scale9x in Los Angeles in February, 2011.  This presentation was made to coincide with our launching of OpenBenchmarking.org.

PDF and video available.

The Five Stages of Benchmark Loss

This presentation was presented at Scale8x in Los Angeles in February, 2010.  It was primarily a vent piece highlighting the way that you can never win when running benchmarks and you can never win when publishing benchmarks.

Presentationad and audio available.