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Swingline Electric Stapler Gear Key
Replacement clockwork key for Swingline 520e/50201/50204Gadget
Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication
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My office at work has an electric stapler that like any stapler, periodically jams. In order to clear it, an included clockwork key is used to manually advance the mechanism. However, the key went missing and the manufacturer (Swingline) does not offer replacement parts. (A new stapler would cost ~$USD 200.)
Thus, I reverse-engineered a different key for the same model to create a replacement.
This was created for the model 520e stapler, but should also work in its replacement, the 50201 and 50204. As this is an entirely functional part, it's not patentable and hereby released into the public domain.
Materials and methods
—Any ABS-capable 3d printer with a heated bed.
—ABS filament. Model is optimized for shrinkage and tested. I would recommend against PLA, due to its brittle nature.
—Print with the flat side of the key on your print bed. Given the small size, >50% infill recommended.
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