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Old Aug 08, 2009, 11:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Umi_Ryuzuki
Here is a couple pictures of the demo pieces that are programmed into
the techshop machine... And once the support material is removed, the
crescent wrench, and the... uhh.. gear thingy actually work.



I have seen print outs of the granular printers, and it reminds me of
making sand candles at the beach...

Gear thingy is a Geneva mechanizm...used for indexing, still used, but is slowly getting replaced by servomotors
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Old Aug 12, 2009, 08:33 AM
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this was on wired this morning for the full up kit it was $950!!! Not bad!
http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2009/08/makerbot/
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Old Aug 12, 2009, 08:55 AM
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interesting, but see the rough resolution... it's still challenging to use the process for small finely detailed parts.
I'd sure like to have a laser cutter at home though!
Old Aug 12, 2009, 05:57 PM
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I think we have a winner...


Got my parts today from Shapeways in the Netherlands. Hard to capture white parts in the photo, but they have all the same detail (and strata) as the PrintaPart parts, and similar plastic "hardness". Pricing was better, overseas purchase was easy with Paypal (not offered by PaP), and delivery was UPS with tracking, which only took a few days from the shipping notification (PaP used USPS Priority, which was fine).
Old Jun 19, 2010, 08:22 AM
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Cowl Vents


Finally got around to ordering some 3D-printed cowl vents from my own design, for use on the 1:32 Foundation Franklin steam tug.

Exceeded my expectations!

These were ordered in a photo-polymer material, which means the process uses laser hardening of a liquid polymer. I've also ordered other parts (like the anchor) in SLS, which is Selective Laser Sintering... dry nylon powder is fused together in layers, which produces a slightly porous, gritty part. This photo-polymer process produces smoother, non-porous parts, but they need to be washed... a bit of the wet stuff leaves a tacky film on the parts, as-delivered.

These vents are sized to fit standard English sized brass tubing, with a small shoulder adapter. I'll build a base for the tubing to finish off the parts.

You just can't order anything anywhere that approaches this quality for these hard-to-build cowl vents. I'm happy.
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Old Jun 19, 2010, 11:36 AM
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how cool...how nice!, very impressive Pat.
man FF is getting top notch tech!
Old Jun 19, 2010, 11:38 AM
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...can't wait!
Old Jun 19, 2010, 01:32 PM
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Wow,... Pat,

The resolution on those looks excellent.

Old Jun 19, 2010, 04:55 PM
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Old Jun 19, 2010, 05:16 PM
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Interesting... but I found no detailed images of finished parts. Given that it's extruding blobs of molten plastic, I expect it will be pretty coarse. With the parts above, I get a smooth surface out of the box... and that's the real key to being able to use these methods for scale model parts.
Old Jun 19, 2010, 05:28 PM
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That's fantastic!
Yep! it's time for me to drag the big garbage can into my shop, and get rid of all my hobby tools ect. and maybe take up knitting with the wife.
Old Nov 26, 2010, 04:04 PM
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Check out this 1:9 scale pilot someone has listed at Shapeways:
http://www.shapeways.com/model/17027...9th_scale.html
3D figure modelers (in CAD!) have my respect... I can draw circles and boxes...

Gritty, yes.... not sure how to get around that. I think some modelers use a dip, but that will soften the details...



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Old Nov 29, 2010, 08:04 AM
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The vents are really impressive! I heard of the technologie but until now I didn't know that there are companies that make it availible for private use. Have to start some CAD-drawing in winter to test it.

There are two small questions left at the moment:
What material did you exactly ordered for the vents? Is it this one?
And did you try to paint and glue it already? The glossy surface makes me think about problems but may be for no reason.
Old Nov 29, 2010, 08:56 AM
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Yes, I used the "white detail" photopolymer. But in the future, I would use "strong white flexible", which is laser-sintered dry nylon powder. It is rougher, but stronger and with a higher heat deflection temperature. It also avoids the sticky surface that seems part of the photopolymer process.

I washed the parts in solvent and soap, and they were painted without problem.
Old Nov 29, 2010, 11:10 AM
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Thanks!


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