Fred_the_Plumber

3D Printing

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Jumped into the 3D printing arena and am having a blast... I am currently printing a cryptex stash box with a million possible combination (5^16)
Printing in PLA on a Prusa I3 clone at 0.1mm layer height ( yeah I know... really slow, but the surfaces are awesome)
I also have a Delta that is not playing nicely. It tends to jump when the arms get close to the edges of the print surface.

So far I have designed and printed parts for both printers, two different wind turbine designs, a couple of figurines, a tablet stand, parabolic dish... And I'm just getting everything dialed in.
I have also printed bits and pieces for Magrav power systems, but that is a whole different thread.

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The things I could do with one of those. How durable is the material it produces?

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That depends on what material you are printing with and your print parameters... Folks have printer rifle receivers that withstood 500 rounds a minute, or wrenches, but the wrenches were only for light duty use.
PLA is pretty tough but has a low melting point. It also absorbs water. With the right hot end you can print in acrylic, Polycarbonate, or many other materials. Although I haven't yet heard of it, I'm sure you could even print in nylon.

Here's a boat prop test printed in several materials....



What did you have in mind?

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atm I was thinking air brush custom grips, to slide over the airbrush trigger and handle. Skulls and other things I could incorporate into my art work, weird and wonderful walking stick handles, I occasionally make those. Custom 3d motorcycle decals.

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14 hours ago, Fred_the_Plumber said:

Jumped into the 3D printing arena and am having a blast...

 

What's the range of startup costs?

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the printers I have are on the low end of cost... FLSUN from amazon.ca .   They typically start at around $350 but can go into thousands if you really want high end.
the FLSUN printers are KITS and require assembly. Not terribly difficult to assemble, but I have many years of working with mechanics... Others may have some issues.

 

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2 hours ago, Fred_the_Plumber said:

the printers I have are on the low end of cost... FLSUN from amazon.ca .   They typically start at around $350 but can go into thousands if you really want high end.
the FLSUN printers are KITS and require assembly. Not terribly difficult to assemble, but I have many years of working with mechanics... Others may have some issues.

 

I like kits... ;)

Thanks!

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