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VLMP - Heat Set Insert Press STLs

VLMP - Heat Set Insert Press STLs

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VLMP is a vertical linear motion press; a heat set insert press tool. It's a partially 3D printed tool that allows for mounting of a soldering iron so that when pressing brass threaded inserts into 3D printed parts they can be done with precision and control making your results squarer and more consistent.

VLMP V1 STLs are now freely available on Printables.
You can find the buyers guide and assembly manual here: VLMP Guide

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Customisable grip to fit any soldering iron

Easily adjustable counterbalance

V-slot wheels and extrusion for smooth linear motion

Built-in handle

Designed for easy assembly

Adjustable stop for repeatable insert precision

3D printed parts you can print at home


The assembly is really straightforward, you probably don't need more than a picture to do it, but nevertheless, I've made a manual here for you. VLMP Guide.

You'll need a few tools:

2mm Hex/Allen Key

3mm Hex/Allen Key

8mm Spanner/Socket (for M5 Nuts)

10mm thin spanner (for V-slot Wheel Adjustment)


The license for the digital files does not permit selling, distribution or any commercial use, they are personal use only.


The best place to get support is the Vector 3D Discord, post in the #vlmp channel and you'll find help from me or other builders.

Open Source

I feel I've completely redesigned this tool since I first worked on it so I do not consider this a derivative, adaptation or modification of any previous design. Nevertheless here are the links for the old design that inspired my previous creation which led to this current design.

*soldering iron grips can come in any size so it will fit provided you use the right size, and don't have some crazy 6ft soldering iron.



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