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Midlife306
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Forum Posts: 42
21st May 2017 11:48  
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Hi,
I'm looking at getting a 3D printer. I've found an online community called thingiverse on there there are thousands of model boat parts, from propellers right through to full boats.
Is there anyone else that uses this resource?
Cheers
Wayne

Midlife306
(Captain)





Forum Posts: 42
21st May 2017 12:03  
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This guy appears to be totally bonkers, but check out the video!
https://youtu.be/QaIjdgTiP0o
Cheers
Wayne

jarvo
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Forum Posts: 373
21st May 2017 13:40  
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Hi Wayne, yes i agree he seems bonkers but, he has loads of Youtube videos making 3D models, Planes, as well as Hovercraft, very clued up on the computer printing and programing, have emailed him for a copy of the printer program so hopefully i will be approaching a printer to make me one of these

Mark


Etherow Model Boat Club
RNinMunich
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 412
21st May 2017 14:31  
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Yep, totally bonkers but rich with it!
And seems to know what he's doing 👍
Don't think I'll try his launch method though 😆
Cheers Doug 😎


"Retirement is when you stop living at work -
and start working at living!" 😉 Doug
RNinMunich
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 412
21st May 2017 15:10  
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Hi Mark,
On the thingiverse site you can download all the .stl files for all the parts.

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2192118/#files

Good luck, Doug 😎


"Retirement is when you stop living at work -
and start working at living!" 😉 Doug
Midlife306
(Captain)





Forum Posts: 42
21st May 2017 16:10  
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Thanks Doug, I was just about to post the link for Mark👍
Cheers
Wayne

RNinMunich
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 412
21st May 2017 16:15  
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No problem, my pleasure 😉
I have a 3D printer for a year now and still not done anything with it!
Now I have an incentive, will try some of the small parts of the Utility boat.
Wish me luck! Cheers 😎


"Retirement is when you stop living at work -
and start working at living!" 😉 Doug
Midlife306
(Captain)





Forum Posts: 42
21st May 2017 18:02  
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Hehe, incentive Doug, it's the future!
Please get a build log going👍
No iffy launches though😂
Cheers
Wayne

Midlife306
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Forum Posts: 42
21st May 2017 18:05  
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This one might be a good start
Cheers
Wayne


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RNinMunich
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Forum Posts: 412
21st May 2017 21:28  
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I was thinking more along the lines of a Jag F-Space! 1 to 1 of course 😉
😎
Seriously though folks! I still have my hands full with a couple of restoration projects. In between I'll see how I get on with some smaller 3D boat parts.
Then on to the Jag ......


"Retirement is when you stop living at work -
and start working at living!" 😉 Doug
Midlife306
(Captain)





Forum Posts: 42
22nd May 2017 00:15  
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Well, did it, I've just splashed out on an Anet A8 3D printer, I'm sitting on the doorstep waiting for it to arrive🤓
Cheers
Wayne

RNinMunich
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 412
22nd May 2017 07:32  
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Ooh er! Hope you warned the 'management' ? We don't want you incarcerated again!! 😉


"Retirement is when you stop living at work -
and start working at living!" 😉 Doug
Midlife306
(Captain)





Forum Posts: 42
22nd May 2017 08:02  
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Hehe, I've not told her yet🤐

RNinMunich
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 412
22nd May 2017 08:38  
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True to the Donald Campbell tradition ?👍
Living dangerously 😉😎


"Retirement is when you stop living at work -
and start working at living!" 😉 Doug
Dave M
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 1134
22nd May 2017 09:42  
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Hi Wayne
Welcome to the club. I bought an identical Prusa based 3D printer last year.
You may be able to hide the box but the machine is far from quiet and I doubt you will be able to muffle that unless you intend to work in a shed away from the house.
You may well need to wear a hard hat!


Live long and prosper

Dave
Midlife306
(Captain)





Forum Posts: 42
22nd May 2017 12:56  
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I think full body armour & a stab proof vest will be needed🤕

Midlife306
(Captain)





Forum Posts: 42
27th May 2017 12:07  
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It arrived yesterday & she's not stabbed me yet, result...
I was up until 3am putting it together & ive just started running my first test print👍
Cheers
Wayne


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Inkoust
(Admiral)





Forum Posts: 9
27th May 2017 12:28  
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Great machine, I hope you use it well and I will see the very nice 3D print results.👍


Inkoust
http://www.inkoust.estranky.cz/
figtree7nts
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 317
27th May 2017 12:59  
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Can't wait to see the first printer object!

Ed


"Fair winds calm Seas"
Midlife306
(Captain)





Forum Posts: 42
28th May 2017 11:00  
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Think I've finally dissed how to turn .stl files into G code with the Slic3r programme, here is it in work making a filament guide👍
Cheers
Wayne


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figtree7nts
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Forum Posts: 317
28th May 2017 13:16  
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Before you know it, you'll be making all kind's of parts for your boats. Very good!
Does it make a lot of noise?


"Fair winds calm Seas"
Midlife306
(Captain)





Forum Posts: 42
28th May 2017 20:28  
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Well, I'm knackered!
I've been busy today building a 3D print workstation.
Just need to sort out the plugs, lighting etc & paint the inside white & the jobs a good un 👍
Cheers
Wayne


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Dave M
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Forum Posts: 1134
29th May 2017 10:22  
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Hi Wayne
You will need ventilation holes to keep the temperature down. Hopefully this will help reduce the noise and smell!
Mine isn't so bad temp wise if I don't use the heated base.
It's great when it works, my advice is keep experimenting, it becomes easier the more you print. If you are using websites for help then you will know there are better software options than the basic supplied with the unit, unfortunately they come at a price. For hobby use you may decide the items you produce are OK, but for commercial use the cost may be justified.
A useful first project is to make a cooling fan hood for the printhead. It helps keep the shape of long extrusions.
Enjoy
Dave


Live long and prosper

Dave
Midlife306
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Forum Posts: 42
29th May 2017 19:30  
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I'm on it Dave👍
Cheers
Wayne


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figtree7nts
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Forum Posts: 317
30th May 2017 01:48  
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Hi Wayne,
How quickly does the 3D Printer, Print out it's jobs?
Ed


"Fair winds calm Seas"
Midlife306
(Captain)





Forum Posts: 42
30th May 2017 08:19  
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Hi Ed,
The item above took about an hour, it's all about size, how solid it is & the speeds you use.
I.e. Using a solid cube as a datum, a hollow cube would take approx 15% of the time & a 50% infil cube would take approx 60% of the time. The skin of all three takes the same amount of time, it's the amount of infill that makes the variation.
Cheers
Wayne

figtree7nts
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Forum Posts: 317
30th May 2017 09:05  
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Wayne,
Great to here on the time. what about noise and heat, does it really heat up or is it just a bit of heat?
Ed


"Fair winds calm Seas"
Midlife306
(Captain)





Forum Posts: 42
30th May 2017 18:08  
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Hi Ed, the base heats up to 60 degrees & the print head runs at 200 degrees, there's not enough heat emitted to change the temperature in the room.
As for noise see the attached video, does sound quite loud as the camera was very close but you can't hear it down stairs
Cheers
Wayne


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figtree7nts
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Forum Posts: 317
30th May 2017 19:06  
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Hi Wayne,

Thanks, for the info on the heated areas of the 3D Printer and temps!
What happened to the video? oops!😊

Ed


"Fair winds calm Seas"
Delboy
(Petty Officer)





Forum Posts: 12
31st May 2017 21:19  
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I've been using a 3D printer for 18 months now. Very useful for printing things like ship's wheels, bollards, etc.
Thingiverse is a useful resource although, these days, every other design seems to be for a fidget spinner - very yawn inspiring.
I design much of the stuff I print with OpensCAD, an open source (free) application but it helps to have a bit of computer programming experience to use it effectively.

timgarrod
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Forum Posts: 21
13th Jun 2017 19:00  
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i'm looking to let a 3d printer like that one next week. what do you think to it. i know you have to print some upgrade to make it better.

cheers


http://alvastonpiratesmodelboatclub.co.uk/
Delboy
(Petty Officer)





Forum Posts: 12
13th Jun 2017 19:34  
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I wasn't sure that the Ultimaker original+ is still available but I just checked and it is at 995 Euros.
It comes as a flat-pack with all the necessary pieces and, with mine, a free spool of filament. The frame is made from high quality ply wood and the quality and accuracy of the laser cutting is astonishing although you might need to ease a few of the joints with sand paper for a not too snug fit. I sealed my frame with cellulose dope floor a quick-dry finish.
The electronics and stepper motors are easy to fit as is the setting up of the transmission components although the latter are a bit fiddly.

All in all, it was good fun building the beast.

Printing with it is easy, you download the Cura program which will build your G-Code files from an STL file and allow you to set up the printing parameters for the job.

I've had a few disasters but generally get good results with PLA printed at 205 degrees with a bed temperature of 50 degrees.
I've found PLA from Rigid Ink gives the best results but, to be honest, I haven't exactly 'played the field's with filament providers.


One point in favour of Rigid Ink is that, once you are on their email distribution list, they will send you hints and tips for printing which is a boon as Ultimaker don't provide a pilot's operating hand book or much further reading on it.

Would I get another one? Probably, yes.

Delboy
(Petty Officer)





Forum Posts: 12
13th Jun 2017 19:38  
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As a post script, Cura allows you to print direct from your PC via a USB cable (supplied with the printer) or to write the GCode to an SD card which slots into the printer and from which you can select the file to print.

Delboy
(Petty Officer)





Forum Posts: 12
13th Jun 2017 19:43  
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As a post post script regarding your comment concerning printing parts to make the machine better. This is probably the case with most printers in this sort of price range but it's not arduous and, if you design the parts yourself using something like OpenSCAD then you you know that you have really earned that whisky nightcap.

timgarrod
(Sub-Lieutenant)





Forum Posts: 21
14th Jun 2017 19:56  
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thanks Delboy,

thinking off getting on of these http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2017-Upgraded-Full-Quality-High-Pr...

know its a clone but


http://alvastonpiratesmodelboatclub.co.uk/
Delboy
(Petty Officer)





Forum Posts: 12
15th Jun 2017 10:25  
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Reprap is practically the industry standard for 3D printing.
It doesn't say how large the print volume is, the Ultimaker is around 200 x 200 x 200 mm.
The picture is difficult to read but it doesn't look as if it has a heated build plate in which case, you are going to need an enclosure of some sort to keep drafts out to avoid your prints warping.
You can't argue with the price, though.

Midlife306
(Captain)





Forum Posts: 42
15th Jun 2017 10:58  
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Looks very good value, especially with the auto bed levelling.
Check the sellers feedback that they are actually coming from the UK as there are some dodgy sellers out there & you can end up getting stung for import duty.
May also be worth checking Thingiverse that there are plenty of upgrade parts for the Tronxy.
Also worth checking out YouTube for build videos, that's what I used & 6 hours later mine worked at first attempt.
Also check for Feedback's videos!!
Order yourself a 1kg roll of PLA filament of the correct diameter, I'm guessing you'll want 1.75mm.
Enjoy the adventure & if there's any help you need just ask! The only daft questions are the ones you don't ask lol
Cheers
Wayne

Midlife306
(Captain)





Forum Posts: 42
15th Jun 2017 11:02  
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It says it's 220 x 220 x 250 max, it's as big as your going to get for this price.
I'd double check if the bed is heated, it wants to be👍
Cheers
Wayne

timgarrod
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Forum Posts: 21
16th Jun 2017 18:48  
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thanks Wayne, looking forward to play with this and already designing a few thing :)

cheers tim


http://alvastonpiratesmodelboatclub.co.uk/
RNinMunich
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 412
17th Jun 2017 08:44  
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Hi All, I read 220x220x240mm. and heated bed 0 ~ 110°C. 👍
Scroll further down on the site, much further down!
Happy printing, Doug 😎
PS Some good info on filaments here -
https://all3dp.com/1/3d-printer-filament-types-3d-printing-3...
👍


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"Retirement is when you stop living at work -
and start working at living!" 😉 Doug
sonar
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 177
17th Jun 2017 09:04  
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3 d Printing seems to be the way to go for modelers.

But does require some computer skills.

So for anyone that wants a printer they are totally reliant on what they can find to print on some repository websites.

As for resizing items to fit your project well then one again relys on others to resize the stl files.

So even though I would very much like a 3 d printer I do know I will not be able to use one unless all the files are resized and all I do is push a button.

Hi tech has now left me behind whereas a few years ago i was a little ahead of it..


I much prefer the company of older woman but as the years go by there are less and less about..
RNinMunich
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 412
17th Jun 2017 09:29  
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Sonar is right about computer skills, BUT - for excellent how-to advice and tutorials on all things 'desktop 3D, I can thoroughly recommend this site-
https://all3dp.com
and signing up for their newsletter. Explains the mysteries in plain, sometimes amusing, language, has reviews of latest machines, upgrades, software, filaments etc etc etc. 👍👍
Doug 😎


"Retirement is when you stop living at work -
and start working at living!" 😉 Doug
colinhubbard
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 131
17th Jun 2017 10:34  
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But for those of us that are behind technology true modelling skills still prevail.


Fair winds and calm waters,
COLIN.
Midlife306
(Captain)





Forum Posts: 42
17th Jun 2017 11:29  
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When you download an STL file of your choice from let's say Thingiverse.com you need a programme to manipulate it in & export G code from, I use Slic3r (yep spelt right) it's free to download. In that you can flip, rotate, rescale & cut it into sections. I downloaded a Crackerbox hull, it's 21" long co I cut it into manageable pieces & printed it out over a couple of weekends, I'll post some pics later when I get home, I'm currently on with printing out a water jet drive for it.
Just about any slicing programme will allow you to resize anything you load into it.
I wanted some 1/4 scale hands, I downloaded a STL & printed out one hand to see what the scale was like against my Donald, it looked slightly too big so I reduced the size by 5% & printed out a pair, they look spot on.
Don't be afraid of technology, if you can't find the answer to your problem on YouTube ask on here, someone will help you out.
Cheers
Wayne

RNinMunich
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 412
17th Jun 2017 12:08  
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Have downloaded Slic, but not yet installed. Have to sort out the bench to make room to operate the printer first!
I also ran across 3DSlash which seems to do much the same. These are the so called 'slicer' programs not designer software, they 'cut' the design into printable layers i.e. slices!
Best thing since sliced bread !? 😉
Cheers Doug 😎


"Retirement is when you stop living at work -
and start working at living!" 😉 Doug
Midlife306
(Captain)





Forum Posts: 42
17th Jun 2017 16:45  
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Here are the pics of the Crackerbox hull as promised & some of the waterjet components. I'm struggling with the surface finish of the impeller but I'll get there, oh & you can see the main housing on the screen in Slic3r in the background.
Cheers
Wayne


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Midlife306
(Captain)





Forum Posts: 42
17th Jun 2017 17:27  
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To make life easier I've cut the body of the waterjet exactly in half, I'll print it like this so I can easily remove any support material room inside. I'll glue it together later👍
Cheers
Wayne


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sonar
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Forum Posts: 177
17th Jun 2017 17:43  
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This is the sort of stuff I would like to do but would be relying on other people's hard work


I much prefer the company of older woman but as the years go by there are less and less about..
Delboy
(Petty Officer)





Forum Posts: 12
17th Jun 2017 19:28  
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That's a fair comment but you could say the same about buying a pre-moulded hull or a kit. But, take it to its logical conclusion, do you fabricate your own plywood? Cultivate, and harvest your own balsa wood/bass wood/mahogany?
Be a purist if that's what you want but is it right to sneer at others who find their own path to tread?

sonar
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 177
17th Jun 2017 19:46  
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Missed the point altogether.

What I was saying is I have no idea how to use either the 3 d printer or the software.

So would rely on other people to do everything for ME just so I could print a part.

So far as other items that I would buy Like hull and materials i would buy with no worries so I may just as well buy any other small parts rather than make them myself on a 3d printer.

Even though I would very much like a 3d printer. IF I cant use one no point in having one.


I much prefer the company of older woman but as the years go by there are less and less about..
colinhubbard
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 131
17th Jun 2017 19:48  
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Tread any path you want to get the results you need, I'm not knocking how people do their models, just that some of us less wealthy pensioners have to rely on hand and eye to get the best results from whatever material is available. Most of my modelling is done using recycled stuff that people no longer have use for.


Fair winds and calm waters,
COLIN.
Delboy
(Petty Officer)





Forum Posts: 12
17th Jun 2017 20:40  
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Hmm. Deja vu.
I didn't miss the point. It's more that the point was poorly made. You don't rely on people to do everything for you except make the hull, draw the plans, etc etc. So the original statement was silly.

I too am a pensioner with the obvious limited financial resources. I just have a 3D printer which I use for many purposes. So, you don't have the skills to use one. That's no big deal, I can't dance or juggle but still get along OK.

The thread is about 3D printing and shouldn't be rat-holed because you don't have access to a printer.

RNinMunich
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 412
17th Jun 2017 21:07  
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I agree Delboy, 👍👍 I'm also a pensioner since February, but I had the foresight to acquire the tools I wanted to revive my long neglected model building (3D printer, milling machine etc) during the last few years of my working life. Along with various kits, materials, new 2.4Gig RC etc. Miniaturised RC kit for 'Plastic Magic'. Still learning to use all that. 🤔
BUT doesn't make me forget the traditional skills I learned as an impoverished schoolboy then student then junior engineer!
I still often reach for the hand tools! Many things are still best done that way, but if I want several identical parts for a project why not print or machine? Simply uses a different skill set, which can also be learned, just like any traditional skill!
But Delboy don't forget that many people still make their own hulls, and plans, several current build blogs emphasise this. Also good 😉

Colin; was a tenfold repeat necessary to hammer home your point???
You never know if you can until you try, if you don't try you never will 'can'!
Despite all this, Happy modelling everyone and even Happier Sailing.😊
"Immer ein Handbreite Wasser unterm Kiel!"
Cheers Doug 😎


"Retirement is when you stop living at work -
and start working at living!" 😉 Doug
Midlife306
(Captain)





Forum Posts: 42
17th Jun 2017 21:17  
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Well, the Dolly Parton reverse bucket is complete, main body is I'm mid print in two halves, it's a bit hard to see on the printer due to the colour of the filament.
The little pilons you can see are auto generated support material to help hold the semicircular port up & stop it sagging while it's being printed.
Please, this isn't a willy waving thread, the printer cost me £160, that's about the same as a table saw...
It's not really hard to use, I just followed tutorials on YouTube. To be honest the hardest thing was to build it, YouTube came to the rescue with an in depth build video.
My next challenge will be to teach myself CAD, now that does look a bit OTT, certainly a young mans game!
Cheers
Wayne


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RNinMunich
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Forum Posts: 412
17th Jun 2017 21:33  
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Good stuff Wayne, 👍 but showing your age again! Who else remembers Dolly!? 😉
2D CAD I'm no stranger to, for me the challenge (at 65!) is moving on to 3D 😲
From what you (and Dave M) say I'm glad my printer was delivered 95% assembled and fully enclosed😊 Still have to clear a corner of the workshop and provide a suitable work station area for it though.
Thinks! Feed it by WLAN, cable or stick??? Questions questions .... !
Gotta go - GF wants an LED lamp repairing 🤔
Cheers Doug 😎


"Retirement is when you stop living at work -
and start working at living!" 😉 Doug
RNinMunich
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 412
17th Jun 2017 21:40  
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PS decided on WLAN, with repeater in the workshop via the mains!! 😉
The pissibolloties are endless these days, if you have the courage to use them! 😎


"Retirement is when you stop living at work -
and start working at living!" 😉 Doug
Midlife306
(Captain)





Forum Posts: 42
17th Jun 2017 23:31  
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WLAN is way above my ability, I just use the micro SD card it came with😂
It's 66% done now, wife's not happy with the noise😳
Cheers
Wayne


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Midlife306
(Captain)





Forum Posts: 42
18th Jun 2017 01:37  
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All done👍
Cheers
Wayne


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RNinMunich
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 412
18th Jun 2017 02:06  
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Looks like a two seater crapper! 😉😁 Very sociable! 😲


"Retirement is when you stop living at work -
and start working at living!" 😉 Doug
colinhubbard
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 131
18th Jun 2017 08:32  
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Sorry about repeats, phone screen wasn't showing as sent, also wasn't getting at you modern techno chaps, just wish all modellers a good life, my modelling is therapy for my arthritis. I used cad and g code in my job as an engineering works manager and once you get to use it it's just like drawing by without the hassle of pencil sharpening.


Fair winds and calm waters,
COLIN.
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Hi Wayne
I did warn you about the noise. I also have complaints about the smell but I do use a heated bed and my printer is not in an enclosure.
I have to agree that a usb stick is the best option to use as the timescale can be hours if not days and adding a PC and LAN to the equation does not help.
I bought my printer to make originals that I can then make castings off. I can take any CAD drawing and scale to any size so the process is both quick and straightforward. As you have found there is a wealth of subject matter on line.
Whilst a 3D printer is great for small quantities it is not so good if you intend mass production. Many hearing printer perhaps believe the 3D process will be just as quick when in fact it is anything but quick.
I have to ask, how are you progressing with the Arduino?
Have fun
Dave


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Hi Colin, very sorry if I upset you 😭 Was not my intention! Must learn not to chat/mail too late at night. 🤔
Understand the problem with dumbphones, often one isn't sure if they've really done what you wanted 😡
Agree with you about drawing, although I learned Tech Drawing the traditional way at college, for decades I've been using Autocad, Designer, Visio and co. Anyone want to buy a box of 3H to 6H pencils??
Best regards Doug 😎


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and start working at living!" 😉 Doug
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18th Jun 2017 11:24  
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OK, I'm convinced, I'll use the SD card and USB slots! Independence is definitely better. 👍
Dave; good idea with the casting. Do you print the original 'inside out' to create the mould directly or print a positive to make rubber moulds from? Regards Doug 😎


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Hi Doug
No I use silicon to make my moulds and Fast cast resin for the castings.
The beauty of the 3D is the speed with which I can get an original to make my moulds. Also I can then rescale to the correct dimensions for a different model.
Add to that the fact that I can add lots of fine detail that may be challenging if I was making each original.
Technological advances are great but it does tend to make us lazy and lose the some of the skills we have developed.
I do admire the true scale modellers who make all their own fittings and there are many on this site who produce stunning models from whatever materials they can find.
It is good to see Build Blogs that cover a multitude of techniques and skills and it is always interesting to see how others have approached and tackled their project. Such knowledge is fast disappearing and it is sites like this where members share their projects that keep the hobby alive.
Dave


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Absolutely!! 👍👍👍
and you CAN teach old dogs new tricks! 😉
The rescaling is an excellent point.
Cheers Doug 😎


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and start working at living!" 😉 Doug
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Just spent a couple of hours today cleaning up the waterjet & marking up the rear section of the Crackerbox hull where it will eventually fit, it's too big for this hull but it's going in regardless.
I'm flying to Spain in the morning so I'll be suffering Dremel withdrawal symptoms until I get back😳
Cheers
Wayne

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Take a sunshade, they've got 40+ degrees down there 😡
(Sneak a Dremel into your case 😉)


"Retirement is when you stop living at work -
and start working at living!" 😉 Doug