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#1 Samiam

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Posted 28 January 2018 - 05:39 AM

This popped up as suggested viewing....


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Posted 28 January 2018 - 06:18 AM

Interesting...thanks for sharing.


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Posted 28 January 2018 - 08:47 AM

The Zeus seems like a real standout from the end-user POV...scans and prints.  At $2,200+ (*without consummables) though, it's not exactly like a must-have for the hobbyist.  Then too, it's about materials and detail/resolution.  The segment does keep developing/expanding though, and it looks like the next 5-10 years will be interesting indeed!  We're still a LONG LONG way from a Star Trek "replicator", but at least headed in that direction...kinda.


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Posted 28 January 2018 - 11:19 AM

For a hobbyist that wishes to go into the slot car business a 3D printer can make a lot of sense. 3D printed ho slot car body.

https://www.facebook...44951969113422/

No need to wait for a Star Trek Replicator, in fact Immense Minuatures has a nice little business going sculpting 1/8 scale figures, scanning them and then producing them with a 3d printer in both 1/32 and 1/24 scales.

http://immenseminiat...ts_figures.html

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Posted 28 January 2018 - 11:31 AM

https://www.shapeway...racer/creations

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Posted 28 January 2018 - 12:10 PM

Another friend of mine uses the graphic file from a racing game as his starting point. He puts this file into a cad program and cleans it up before printing the results. 3D scanning by itself is not very accurate at a hobbyist price point but it is used in dentistry now.

Here is something Nikon, a very serious company cooked up. Please excuse the electronic music. You can see the base that registers itself and when you see the arm touching the piece with a probe it is taking exact measurements. No it won't replicate food or turn you into a Human Fly.

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Posted 28 January 2018 - 01:04 PM

CAD/CAM....CAS....Computer aided scratchbuilding.

 

I can remember making my first big tool purchase, a Dremel. A Craftsman actually. Had to save many months of paper route and lawn mowing money to make that purchase. Used it to make my first chassis. Still have both.

 

So who is going to be the first to pop out some repro Mura Elephant Ears? 


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Posted 28 January 2018 - 02:43 PM

SAM,

That's easy PM me a drawing and I can make that. 

 

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Posted 30 January 2018 - 12:16 PM

Ordering a small 3D printer for prototyping motor pods and front axle assembles. All metal construction with lead screws rather than belts.

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Posted 30 January 2018 - 07:07 PM

I ordered a Prusa  original from the Czech Republic. I had the option of picking a version 2 for immediate shipping or waiting until March for the version 3.

 

Of course I wanted the latest model so I'm patiently waiting. 

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Posted 30 January 2018 - 07:33 PM

That's an excellent printer., but I have you beat, I'm waiting for my printer AND my mill. LOL

 

The joys of cutting edge technology but tomorrow I pick up my first set of cutting tools so now I can hold them and make CNC noises. Please post pictures of your workshop when you get your printer. Here is my workshop that is waiting for it's equipment!

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Posted 30 January 2018 - 07:56 PM

Looks great.

 

You are going to have a lot of fun.


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Posted 30 January 2018 - 08:13 PM

I ordered a Prusa  original from the Czech Republic. I had the option of picking a version 2 for immediate shipping or waiting until March for the version 3.
 
Of course I wanted the latest model so I'm patiently waiting. 
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I have the 2.0 version. I ordered the kit to save some cash. In the week it took to build he released version 3.0. So now I’m waiting on the 2.5 upgrade he offered as a consolation prize. I love the 2.0. I’ve got the itch to buy the 3.0. Please post your thoughts when you have tried it out.


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Posted 30 January 2018 - 08:45 PM

Mike McMasters what are you making with your printer if you don't mind me asking?


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Posted 30 January 2018 - 10:55 PM

Just goofy stuff for now. Mostly learning technique. Most of the ideas I have for something usable is going to require some type of dis-solvable support structure which I need much more practice with. And because of this being the busiest time of year for the store the best way to describe what I'm doing would be "filament collecting".:) 


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Posted 30 January 2018 - 11:40 PM

Ha,

I plan on making front end assemblies and rear motor pods, at least that's the plan.

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Posted 30 January 2018 - 11:45 PM

I have the 2.0 version. I ordered the kit to save some cash

 

I've also ordered the kit. I've already put one 2.0 together with my older son. It took us 10 hours to assemble it and then he spent a few more with the calibration, but it worked great from the beginning after that.


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Posted 31 January 2018 - 12:15 AM

I probably have about the same amount of time in building. I was impressed with the kit. But trying to build between customers caused me to take more time than I wanted. I had a defective hotend fan that they offered to replace but I sourced locally so I didn’t have to wait any longer. I haven’t printed much yet but what I have is really nice.


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Posted 31 January 2018 - 08:16 AM

The Trinus is supposed to take around 30-45 mins. Any longer and i'll lose interest. LOL I'll take pictures of the build process.

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Posted 07 February 2018 - 12:39 AM

After looking at the Prusa i3 Mk3 I might get one of those as well. LOL


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Posted 08 February 2018 - 12:42 PM

Ok ordered my printer and now the wait begins. Ordered my CNC Mill from Greece and my printer from the Czech Republic, but live in California. What a wacky world we live in.


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Posted 08 February 2018 - 01:27 PM

Why would that be wacky?

They are specialized machines with a finite # of manufacturers.

It's not like you are ordering a cheeseburger and a sprinkler head for your garden hose. Lol

PS-can't wait to see what you come up with.

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Posted 08 February 2018 - 04:09 PM

Absolutely tongue in cheek.

 

But you hit the nail right on the head. Just illustrates that good things are coming from everywhere. Ordering filament from a Chinese company. Check out the latest on my FB Page.


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Posted 08 February 2018 - 04:41 PM

I thought maybe you expected to pick up your CNC router at Ace Hardware. LOL

 

I already had joined your FB page...or you added me against my will.

 

I don't fully understand all the intricacies of FB.

 

Can't wait to see what you come up with.

 

Especially as far as better performing chassis for 1/32nd hardbody/"basement" style cars.

 

There is a guy from England who is already doing it, and a great job, but his chassis are a little too "Eurosporty" for my personal tastes.


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Posted 08 February 2018 - 04:47 PM

Mack chassis, yes very Eurosportish. Mine will be more user friendly. All you need is a Torx driver and Blue Loctite LOL

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