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24 minutes ago, lmagna said:

That's quite the castle. How big is it when finished?

Probably somewhere near a cubic foot, maybe a little less, but I haven't actually measured it out.

The first part I printed, did so at 100%. It took over 12 hours to print. When I sliced the 2nd part, the program estimated it would take 42 hours to print! I said, no thanks, and scaled it all down by 50%. The 100% version would have been huge, and required a lot of plastic filament as well.

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I saw a small scale version of this same castle printed out in resin at the 3D Printer super store near my house. Oh, my goodness. What a beautiful, precise, work of art the resin printers are capable of doing. 3D printed resin looks more like a fine injection molded piece. It's a mystery to me how exactly that machine works. There is a liquid resin bath as part of the printer, and somehow, the printer creates the parts in this resin bath and raises them out all finished. Smooth as a baby's bottom.

 

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Unfortunately if I plan on getting any modeling done in my remaining lifespan I had better concentrate on the modeling forms I know, at least for now. I LOVE the 3D stuff and can see the advancement that lasers have brought to the hobby along with computerized drafting, both in 2D and 3D. But as Almost none of my background included computer language skills that part  would take me a while to become skilled in. I still need to master the movements needed to operate a touch screen! :(

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58 minutes ago, Altduck said:

I have a plaque in my office that reads"

 

"Multi-Tasking: Screwing Everything Up Simultaneously"

:dancetl6::D:D

I'm a multi tasking master of disaster.

I bounce off the walls like a ping pong ball. 

Getter done.

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On 6/25/2018 at 6:53 PM, src said:

Its not so much what I did, its what my wife  did. Unlike a couple of former sailors I know, I have never been one to take the dont wash my seasoned coffee mug to seriously. But, this morning I notice my mug is not on the desk where it usually lives. Ah! sez I, she snuck into the dishwasher for a little bath. HHmmmm.... its not in the dishwasher, odd. Its not on the counter, looks in the cabinet, no mug there. WAIT!!!!! Whats this???

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"It was so dirty I thought I would scrub it for you.":o SACRILEGE!!!! BLASPHEME!!!! Whats a man to do????? Sigh, my morning coffee will never be the same.

What a shock to see a gleaming cup where once there was a well seasoned holder of caffeinated beverage. It could be worse, she could have straightened up my work bench!!!:P

Sam

OMG NOOOOOOOOOO! This is why woman are not allowed in the Goat Locker. Years of loving seasoning down the drain.

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Today I finally got the last piece of sub-floor in in the unfinished section of the shop! Due to former mods and carpenter ant damage, there are now 3 layers in that area.

tomorrow I put in the sill plates for the inner wall of what will end up a double studded double insulated wall. I was going to buy the rest of the material needed to finish, but the Admiral has decided that we are going to a Casino this weekend, then Florida in the middle of the month, so there goes my building money.

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If you stay in that casino too long, you might not make it to Florida.

The Hard Rock casino at my town is a real money pit. I like to go now and then, but I always know I will likely lose money...I plan on exactly how much I'm willing to lose, then leave after that's done. Sometimes I break even, sometimes I win, but that's rare.

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14 hours ago, lmagna said:

I still need to master the movements needed to operate a touch screen! :(

Lou,

 

I guess its your Alzheimer setting in, have faith my brother. We had a conversation not long ago when I was questioning how good i could be with basic tools, you as well as others point to masterful builds that were constructed without power tools.;)

 

I agree would love a 3D and Laser. The future of modeling though is in danger of all being home machined with tools under development without the touch of a human hand.:(

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I thought about buying a CNC Router or 3D printer but I have no clue about the software. So I settled for a Milling Machine and my brain 6.0. Still a couple more years until the 7.0 downgrade so I got to get a lot of work done between then and now.

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27 minutes ago, Jim Rogers said:

I thought about buying a CNC Router or 3D printer but I have no clue about the software. So I settled for a Milling Machine and my brain 6.0. Still a couple more years until the 7.0 downgrade so I got to get a lot of work done between then and now.

The human sense of touch is one of the five senses that we all need to be complete as human beings. I don't think that sense will be forsaken in the future. Maybe changed in some way from what it is today, but still intact and functioning. We just won't be human without it. 

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1 hour ago, John Allen said:

Lou,

 

I guess its your Alzheimer setting in, have faith my brother. We had a conversation not long ago when I was questioning how good i could be with basic tools, you as well as others point to masterful builds that were constructed without power tools.;)

 

I agree would love a 3D and Laser. The future of modeling though is in danger of all being home machined with tools under development without the touch of a human hand.:(

The human sense of touch is one of the five senses that we all need to be complete as human beings. I don't think that sense will be forsaken in the future. Maybe changed in some way from what it is today, but still intact and functioning. We just won't be human without it. 

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I think all three of you are right.

 

John in his hands off prediction, even though in my opinion the hobby will never get to the point where it will be without human input, and like any other modeling skill there will be those who have great skill in providing input at the abstract level of computer interface and those less skilled. Some of those who are way down the ladder in these skills may be better at using their hand/eye abilities in the physical world and will in turn be better at developing masterpieces in the "Old way." Of course the vast majority will have skills in both worlds and as this is a hobby and people will find interest in both ends of the spectrum, and their personal special niche somewhere in between. 

 

CDW is right in that although the tools may change and even the methods, Mankind is endlessly creative and will never stop trying to develop his visions. Robots, at least at this point, don't have that drive.

 

And last but certainly not least, Jim who has found the magical comfort zone that makes him content, and by doing so is keeping it enjoyable. I do like his software level though. I wish i was closer to the 6.0 level and further from the 7.0 level, but the 6.9 level still works OK. I do dread the possibility of a new OS downgrade, but hopefully that is way down the road if ever. 

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19 hours ago, thibaultron said:

The motto of my model railroad club is, "We always get it right, the third or fourth time!"

I think it was Winston Churchill who said, "American's always do the right thing, after they have tried everything else."  I think he got it right.

Edited by Julie Mo

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Lou the only hard computer stuff you need to know to do 3D printing is CAD or 3D modeling if you want to make stuff from scratch. But 90% of the stuff you will print won't be custom. The truth about 3D printing is you don't buy 3D printer to make custom stuff like that, that type of stuff is a bonus for when you have mastered the true purpose of 3D printing. The true purpose of 3D printing is to print accessories for your 3D printer. And someone out there had already modeled every accessory you will ever need our want. I recommend the Creality CR-10S.

 

As for what I did today, I tore apart a mini mill that has been sitting in a guys storage for ten years and had significant surface rust. But the deep rust I was afraid of was only on two small corners of the work table. A good scrubbing accompanied by a light sanding got rid of 95% of the rust and grime and a little harder sanding got the rest. I accidentally turned the mill arbor housing around when I was putting it back together and rage quit when I found out I have to repeat about half an hours worth of work, but it will probably get fixed after I've had a nap. It's cleaned up quite nicely for a $20 garage sale find. Is what I'd like to say, but the truth is I bought it for $300 ten years ago and left it to rot like an idiot and I'm having to clean it up now because I didn't take steps to prepare it for long term storage.

 

 

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20 minutes ago, rtwpsom2 said:

I recommend the Creality CR-10S.

I agree. I just upgraded to the Creality CR-10S.

Having said that, my $150 starter printer works perfectly. It's just that the print volume of 200mm x 200mm x 180mm is a tad smaller than some of the tings I want to print.

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I got mine off Amazon and it worked pretty well right out of the box, so I have to recommend it to anyone asking. The only issue I have had with it is that it is in my barn office, which can change temperature quite a lot throughout the day and it tends to cause parts that are not rafted to lift at the corners during long prints. I really should make an enclosure for it, but I have a few other things to do first, like open up my mini-lathe I bought at the same time as the mini-mill and figure out how much weeping I am going to have to do at it's state. And god forbid I should actually get some modeling related research done.

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I'm almost ashamed to admit it, but the last time I used a lathe was in my 9th grade shop class at Jr. High School. Needless to say how LONG ago that's been. A couple of years ago, bought a mini lathe from a modeler on this site. I don't even know where to begin to actually use it. I know I need some tools that go along with it. Maybe just need to watch some youtube instruction videos and just start practicing with it.

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