Posted 23 May 2013 - 08:18 PM
Posted 23 May 2013 - 09:57 PM
a very nice read! Thank you Ben. could you keep us posted in this topic when you post the rest of the article?
Posted 30 May 2013 - 02:09 PM
Posted 02 June 2013 - 04:11 PM
Super Interesting. So would you say 3D printing is strong enough yet to make those plates that will hold a battery? The dovetail thickness can't be huge.
Would you use a 3D print to hold say a Preston MDR onto a sled nose?
A 5.6 inch TV logic to a Preston Handset?
I assume stronger materials being developed for these things.
This site is interesting. With all the 3D printing materials that are available:
Thanks Ben for a super interesting post!
Posted 03 June 2013 - 04:10 AM
Funny you ask about the MDR, because i have made several MDR mounting brackets already... one of which mounts my MDR to my nosebox and it's definitely strong enough! It certainly isn't as strong as aluminum... but I'm working on solutions to that problem... one of which I'll discuss in the next post!
Posted 03 June 2013 - 05:07 AM
You could have a range of standard aluminium cross-sections or struts machined up somewhere and place them into your objects. Maybe even embedded into your objects. This becomes very interesting. With equal hole spacing through the aluminium. Like long aluminium ice cream sticks with lots of m4 holes drilled through. Always trying to place one of these at every attachment point.
There are interesting developments in Nylon-ABS polymers. Taulman say they are going to build a non-pliable version of the 618-Nylon which I think is the one aimed at items planned for use.
Thanks for Pioneering!
Posted 03 June 2013 - 05:19 AM
Doesn't it say on their website that they are able to "print" in Titanium to order?
Posted 03 June 2013 - 11:55 AM
Ben, really awesome to read that you're doing this stuff. I'm hoping to order my own printer here soon, possibly my birthday present to myself in August. Probably going to go with the Deezmaker printer, since the guys who make them are in Pasadena and the printer is also self-replicating (so my 1 printer could easily become 4+).
What made you go with the Solidoodle? I see it was a print space vs. cost equation, but are you happy so far with the Solidoodle?
Have you considered any modifications for insulating the print bed area of the Solidoodle and trying to maintain ambient temperature? Looks like the unit is already fairly enclosed, so you're already halfway there! From what I've read, a print space of more than 6"^3 makes the print susceptible to warping as printed area cools faster than the current print layers, even with a heated bed.
I figured my first project would be a Lock-It Box "caddy" for attaching to the camera, but also considered a cable caddy for managing the mess of cables these HD cameras always are.
Anyway, very cool, looking forward to seeing what you come up with next!
Posted 04 June 2013 - 07:55 PM
William... I chose solidoodle based on some reviews, price, and print size. I really wanted something that would be ready to go out of the box... and had I had more experience with the 3D printing world, there it would have been printing out of the box. But honestly, its kinda an art. It reminds me of the days when we first started burning CD's at 2X. You'd get a coaster more often than not... and that's the way it was for me for a while.
As for the Deezmaker... I don't know much about them. Please share your experience when you get up and running. Technically none of them are self-replicating since you'd have to be able to print a functioning set of stepper motors for them to qualify as self-replicating... but it will get there. The solidoodle printer is composed of many 3D printed parts. It's pretty cool.
I haven't enclosed the printer yet, although I have considered it in the past. The guys at solidoodle claim it's unnecessary, but I may experiment with it in the near future. I'm more interested in going the route of a glass bed (which I've ordered), and eliminating the kapton.
Posted 10 June 2013 - 11:58 AM
Posted 22 January 2014 - 05:33 AM
Just came across this and have to say I'm very impressed by your manufacturing of the gyro mount
Nice way to make ABS parts really strong!
I've been intrigued by 3d printers for long, but it was always to much of a science of how to build the printer itself to be really interesting for me.
And then the possible print quality in the beginning was a bit imprecise for my taste. For a relatively short time reliable 3d printers with
awesome print quality have become (in a way) affordable, and some time ago I finally went and got one.
Certainly one of the coolest toys I ever played with!
A gimbal wrap grip actually was one of my first ideas, too, since the Zephyr grip diameter is really small, and I'm not a huge fan of the flattened sides.
It's fun to see even people with a nice big grip like to one on the Ultra like to go bigger. But that's the really cool thing: Imagine a solution
to a problem, create it, hit print and watch it materialize on your desk. I have been dreaming about this for long, as have many I guess.