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Old Jan 07, 2016, 02:07 PM
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Gorgeous winch Adam.
Would it work on a Damen 2810 or is it too large?

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Old May 17, 2016, 08:15 PM
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Here are a couple products for smoothing the gritty "SLS" nylon powder parts. I don't use this stuff for small detail parts, but its strength and lower cost make it attractive for larger structural parts.

First, Sculpteo (a competitor to Shapeways, though usually more expensive) is offering a new pat-pending secret process to put a smooth glossy finish on the SLS parts:
https://www.sculpteo.com/en/material...g%20Beautifier
They don't give the details, but it may well include a surface melting chemical. Folks with cheap desktop FDM printers have been doing that with acetone vapor and ABS parts, getting a porcelain glaze type of finish.

Then, Micromark and others are offering a coating material, "XTC-3D", which apparently goes on thick and dries to a glazed finish.
http://www.micromark.com/liquid-coat...tal,12398.html

I haven't tried either...
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Old May 18, 2016, 02:31 PM
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15% off all "Frosted Detail" plastic parts at Shapeways, this Friday through Sunday (5/20-22).
Use code FLASH15FDSALE
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Old May 21, 2016, 07:37 AM
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Gawd I love 3D printing now! I have spent a few buck's so far and will certainly be getting more parts! the cool thing is that there r so many different designers putting out ship fittings (in 1/72 in my case) that if you can't find what your after you can ask someone to have a go at it!

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Old May 25, 2016, 10:29 AM
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Not a boat, but I think you'll enjoy this 3DP fantasy model:
http://www.shapeways.com/blog/archiv...0525-3DP-Robot


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Old May 25, 2016, 10:51 AM
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OK PAT!!!! I cry UNCLE! You win with that video. Forget about the exterior of the BOT, what about all the gearing and cams, pneumatics, smoke generator, and on and on, all 3D printed.

Question, he mentioned something about after he uploaded a block of information instead of piece by piece, that it helped with the parts check done by Shapeways? Is this some kind of service like spell check for printed parts?
Also for the cost of $7000.00 for all the parts I assume, no question making the prototype by hand would cost a hell of a lot more.

I done, I am now picking up my trusty hobby knife and rather than slit my throat, I will build a model.
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Old May 25, 2016, 11:18 AM
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Yes, Shapeways has software to automatically check each part for a number of issues, like file integrity and min/max dimensions for the various available processes.

There are also utilities to do this yourself ahead of time.

Since he has a design studio, I'll wager the cost of this "statement piece" is being deducted as advertising...
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Old May 25, 2016, 11:44 AM
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It's bigger than I thought, and very cool.
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Old May 25, 2016, 11:56 AM
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Big adds up.

So far my largest 3DP parts:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...0#post32931871
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I have a dilemma. I received some parts from Shapeways several months ago. I put them aside and have just pulled them out to work on. They are 24" searchlites in 1/48th scale, and I found a way to make them functional. To do so required drilling a hole to pass wires thru. The first one I did left some whitish goo on the drill bit (a hand drill) that I thought I had left on from a previous use. I cleaned the bit and went on to the second piece and found the same goo the second time around. The only thing I can think is that the material is not curing. Interestingly, the goo came from the base of the light, while the lense section was fully cured and drilled on the drill press with no problem.
Any comments or thoughts from those in the Know?
Thanks!
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Old May 29, 2016, 04:51 PM
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Support wax. Please read: https://matthewsmodelmarine.wordpres...etail-plastic/
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Got it. I had read your link before, but my memory cells are fewer and fewer.
I am printing the link off and posting it to my wall!
Thanks Pat.
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