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#1 LilysDad OFFLINE  

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Posted May 12, 2013 - 08:28 AM

Now that folks out in Californ- i - ay are making pistols on the copy machine, how about building an engine. Since plastic has it's limits, make it a Briggs 6S.

 

Does anyone have one of these copiers? What do you make with it?


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Posted May 12, 2013 - 09:14 AM

I saw this being done on tv and it was really fascinating to see the gun parts literally appearing out of the printer. I know there are some high tech plastics out there but I can't see these printer parts being that strong.

 

I'm like LilysDad ,if anybody here has got one of these printers I'd really like to see and here about some real world results.


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Posted May 12, 2013 - 09:22 AM

That's how the Chinese Honda clones are made.
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Posted May 12, 2013 - 09:38 AM

The machine shop at BOCES has one of those printers; I have never seen them use it though.
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Posted May 12, 2013 - 12:04 PM

We have a 3d printer at work, and to say the least they are a wonder. I can't wait to see what they can do in a few years.
They way they print is with 2 different plastic feeds, one for the actual product and one that is the filler for the open areas in the product. There are several different types of these printers and plastics used to make the product and fillers.
The one we have cannot make a working gun because it is not capable of using that type of plastic and the programing is not capable of making something that close of tollerances.
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Posted May 12, 2013 - 02:28 PM

What?? Guess I've been in a cave.  3D copy machines?  Plastics made in it???  New to me!


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Posted May 12, 2013 - 08:25 PM

Yes, look them up Grumpy.  They are really cool.  I would suppose they are good at making models of computer generated engineering projects.

 

I watched the gun video on youtube.  The parts don't seem to hold up for long.  I would be hard pressed to put a 3D printer to work for me.  Perhaps if it could make my scale models whole, I might warm up to it.


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Posted May 12, 2013 - 08:48 PM

Reckon I could get on to make new marbles for the ones I lost?


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Posted May 12, 2013 - 09:29 PM

Jay Leno's garage has a video of using one of these to make a pattern to have a slide valve cast for one of his steam cars. You can scan the part, take out the wear and increase the size for the shrink during casting. They can even detect the shape of a center hole and make a core pattern without destroying the original part.


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Posted May 13, 2013 - 07:04 AM

The first one I saw on the internet copied a crescent wrench. It scanned the wrench and then made a perfect copy in polmer. Yup, it even made a working adjustment nut!



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Posted May 13, 2013 - 09:27 AM

I saw a 3D printer in person when I was doing some training for the printng industry, uber cool to say the least.

I also saw one used on the This Ole House show, they completey remodeled a house, the architect used the printer to make a complete 3D model of the new layout and all the parts could be taken apart and moved around, it was sweet.

 

A 3D plastic motor would be cool, doubt the life pan would be very long :D


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Posted May 13, 2013 - 12:37 PM

I dunno. Maybe use an iron cylinder liner and such. How much would it cost to try?



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Posted May 13, 2013 - 12:45 PM

On one of the yahoo casting groups I'm in there was a guy that built his own from scratch. I know he has made pieces with it. Don't remember what he had invested but it was a lot less than a commercial unit and wasn't all that hard to build if I remember right.


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Posted May 14, 2013 - 01:11 PM

thats a new one. we learned about a copier that made things out of metal


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Posted May 14, 2013 - 09:32 PM

I saw one in a high school level trade school about 10 years ago. It was a great teaching tool to help students of 3D Autocadd see what their drawings would produce. It was slow and the pieces were fragile but it was great for the students.


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