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    I've been looking at 3D printers for a couple of years now, and they've finally come down to a price range I can afford, so a couple of weeks ago I got one of these

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    which is pretty cool, and can print up to a ~200mm cube. I want it mostly for pattern making as my woodworking skills leave a lot to be desired. So far I've modelled and printed the following bits ready to cast in ally:

    XS650 finned valve covers, because the chrome is on the way out, and fins are cool
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    test prints at 1:1 scale for trial fit on the engine (the ones above are scaled by 2% to allow for shrinkage
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    Latest addition to the GoP clothing line
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    plus the latest thing off the printer

    3/4" tube bending die, sharpie for scale, so far this is the biggest thing I've printed, it took 18:30 hours, and has a 1mm skin and 20% density honeycomb interior. Layers are set to 0.1mm to improve surface finish, 0.2 is obviously quicker.


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    A friend of mine has recently bought one , he said setting up is more involved than he
    thought , something to do with the correct temperature.
    It amazes me everytime he shows me a part , he just made a box that screws together
    and the threads are perfect .

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    As son as zi saw the thread title and who had posted it I was thinking Patternmaking.
    Nice one, should be a great addition to the GOP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by khd View Post
    A friend of mine has recently bought one , he said setting up is more involved than he
    thought , something to do with the correct temperature.
    It amazes me everytime he shows me a part , he just made a box that screws together
    and the threads are perfect .
    I found it pretty painless, 45 minutes from box to print, but I used the filament from the printer maker, I suspect I may need to tweek the variables a bit when I change plastics. I will be trying ABS and TPU (which is a sort of rubber) in a few weeks. I've looked at the data sheets for TPU, and I reckon it should be good for gaskets and possibly carb rubbers.

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    Bloody hell, carb rubbers is a good one.
    Often a bastard to get hold of for an old bike thats long out of production and I hate K&Ns...Spit...
    Would cush drives be possible as well or is that too much tough service life for the avaliable castable rubbers?

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    you can get castable rubber with variable shore hardness modifiers, this is one I know of, but there are others

    https://itwperformancepolymers.com/p...xane-80-liquid

    Making the molds can be done using plaster of paris, and masters can be done on the printer if need be. There's all sorts of possibilities

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    Very impressed. It's the first time I've seen 3D printing useful and effective in smaller scale applications.

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    I think a lot of people buy them as a cool gadget to play with, but I bought mine with solid plans for it. I've been developing my CAD skills to build models to feed the printer as well, so I've invested a fair bit of time into it.

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    I have been wanting to buy a 3d printer for so long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hangloose View Post
    I have been wanting to buy a 3d printer for so long.
    You gonna print kitchens?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hangloose View Post
    I have been wanting to buy a 3d printer for so long.
    Can yiou print me a running LE? Preferably the 140 horse power model.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Pete View Post
    plus the latest thing off the printer

    3/4" tube bending die, sharpie for scale, so far this is the biggest thing I've printed, it took 18:30 hours, and has a 1mm skin and 20% density honeycomb interior. Layers are set to 0.1mm to improve surface finish, 0.2 is obviously quicker.


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    What are you going to bend with that? noodles?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZRX61 View Post
    What are you going to bend with that? noodles?
    You know at the top he said pattern making...

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    Quote Originally Posted by chillitt View Post
    You know at the top he said pattern making...
    I do now... altho I'm not sure why one would need to create a pattern for something that already exists & can be on my doorstep tomorrow morning?

    However, if It was a case of "I have a spiffy new gizmo, I'm gonna bugger about for a bit & see what it can do" then no harm, no foul.

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