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USS Maine by Haze Gray - 1/72 scale - Radio (plastic 3D printed)

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Neal - thanks for bringing this model to the meeting. It looks even better in person than in these Photos. I hope you will come often we will be very interested in your progress. Also thanks for the tips on my Fusion 360 project. Unfortunately my other projects have kept me away from trying them as yet.

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2 hours ago, fnkershner said:

Neal - thanks for bringing this model to the meeting. It looks even better in person than in these Photos. I hope you will come often we will be very interested in your progress. Also thanks for the tips on my Fusion 360 project. Unfortunately my other projects have kept me away from trying them as yet.

Very much Appreciated the invite and wish I could have stayed longer.   Will certainly come whenever I can, Good bunch of fellows you have there!   Will have to touch base with you when I get back in Seattle next week!

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I made a 1st time visit to a 3D Printing super store in my area yesterday. Wow, the printers and related materials/hardware they have there is astounding. Got quite a crash course in 3D printing from the friendly staff. There were incredible examples of all sorts of 3D printing with everything from simple to exotic mediums. The prices of the high end printers is extreme, but then again, producing prototype parts is an expensive proposition any way you look at it.

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I'm in the market for another printer (it would cut the printing element of my development time by 50%! which would be a BIG improvement) and you would think that already having one printer would make it easy for me to choose what my 2nd one would be but all I have is an ever expanding list of wanted features!

 

I'm suddenly interested in the DLP and SLA as they have some great resolution (anycubic photon DLP is ~$500!)  but the limited size and resin fumes and need for post wash and cure is troublesome.    The typical FDM/FFF is still a nice solid bit of technology that's easy to use and affordable but has some inherent limitations.  If only there was some SLS printers in the 250mm cubed range wth 0.05mm layer height that were affordable, that would really open up possibilities. 

 

 

 

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Beyond the initial cost of those resin printers, there's the whole big issue of safe handling of the resin, respirators, etc. 

I have no concept for how much resin material would be required for a project. A liter of it is going for around $70 on Amazon. I had no idea one could buy an SLA printer for something in the $500 range. That's surprising.

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32 minutes ago, CDW said:

Beyond the initial cost of those resin printers, there's the whole big issue of safe handling of the resin, respirators, etc. 

I have no concept for how much resin material would be required for a project. A liter of it is going for around $70 on Amazon. I had no idea one could buy an SLA printer for something in the $500 range. That's surprising.

Yes, interesting isn't it?   Would absolutely be ideal for smaller detail parts, infact...I suspect you print 100 railing posts at the same time just as fast as printing 1....there's no time penalty to printing multiple parts as it prints any layer of all parts at the same time not one after another.....   1L is about 1kg, so if $70/L it's easily twice as expensive as typical filament for your average fused filament 3d printer. 

 

 

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6 hours ago, Haze Gray said:

Yes, interesting isn't it?   Would absolutely be ideal for smaller detail parts, infact...I suspect you print 100 railing posts at the same time just as fast as printing 1....there's no time penalty to printing multiple parts as it prints any layer of all parts at the same time not one after another.....   1L is about 1kg, so if $70/L it's easily twice as expensive as typical filament for your average fused filament 3d printer. 

 

 

And if the use of it is dedicated to smaller parts where greater precision is desirable, cost of material becomes much less an issue. Very interesting indeed.  

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So I ended up ordering a Folger FT5 printer kit (basically an H-Bot type printer) I am definitely going to need more printers but I want to try out building a kit to see what I want to change and at the same time I'm intrigued by the H-bot style where the build plate only moves down and the print head moves in the X/Y planes.  I really need about 5 -6 printers but not sure if I have the space in man-cave for them.

 

Also, will need to spend some time on constructing the mikasa in Fusion 360- that was a fun excursion and visit on that ship!  I have more than enough data on the boat (actually I have photos and data on about 250 ships at this time and 2TB+ of photos plans!) 

 



 

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