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Old 07-20-2013, 01:58 PM
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Default 3D Printing for pieces

Anyone using 3D printing for their 4x4 ?
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Old 07-21-2013, 06:02 AM
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Yup... here's a 1.55 OEM Toyota steelie wheel I designed in Solidworks and printed via Shapeways.

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Old 07-22-2013, 02:28 AM
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Yup... here's a 1.55 OEM Toyota steelie wheel I designed in Solidworks and printed via Shapeways.

nice wheel...

use 3D print for my cj7 , suzuki lj80 and also some accessories...
mostly use rhino

here : http://www.scale4x4rc.org/forums/sho...highlight=nopi
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Old 07-22-2013, 07:56 PM
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What's a good brand of 3D printer and what do they generally cost?
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Old 08-17-2013, 04:43 AM
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I heard lots of features about 3D printing and interested to buy 3D printer. I have seen here beautiful collection of 3D printing and ready to buy 3D printer.
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Old 08-19-2013, 10:49 PM
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How well do the printed wheels hold up?

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Old 10-02-2013, 10:11 PM
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I have a few things I have worked on that are RC related... Planning lots more when I get the chance...
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Old 01-05-2014, 04:43 PM
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ya im looking to get a plow made up for a scx10
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Old 01-06-2014, 07:26 PM
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I'm making some CJ2A style grills for the big Hasbro Jerps, I have parts I designed in Inventor then printed out. In a few days I'll be casting molds of the parts to make some resin copies.
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Old 08-19-2014, 10:53 AM
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has anyone tested out any printed ABS wheels done with a cheaper 3d printer, was thinking of messing around with the prototype sets my buddy brought by for test fit that fit my vintage bruiser axles, I know that once he and I finalize the design that the components he has been printing for test fit will be machined out of aluminum for my truck and possibly have a mold made to cast them but we are no wheres near that point yet and I really like the looks of the new 1.9 wheel/tire size vs the old 2.2 set I have
there are some things that need more attention than a classroom full of 2 year olds drinking Red Bull
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Old 08-19-2014, 05:21 PM
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Hey Captain, a decent home 3D printer will run about a grand, like Makerbot and several others on the market. I would highly suggest looking into it, it's a fun community.
As well, one or several of the kits are designed that you print the printer, well rather once assembled you can print any part you need or even make kits.
Also DIY kits, it's basically an X Y Z plotter driven by stepper motors and software. I had designed my own machine, but I can't find the "blueprints" right now, or the links for items intended to use. I did find the slides I wanted to use for X & Y, and then you need a vertically moving table for Z. You can by the print heads and everything you'd need from various companies. I designed my own, with much research, because the ones you buy pre-1K have such small working areas.
The biggest draw I see to these are printing plugs to either mold/cast or vacform as the printing process itself is slooooow going.
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Old 02-08-2015, 12:31 PM
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We just got a new toy! a Solidoodle 4 (other half got a good deal on it lightly used) - it arrived Friday 2/6/15, as did the 2 spools of filament he ordered

Despite what the website claims - it is NOT ready to print right out of the box - there is tweaking that needs to be done - and with ours being a used one, albeit very lightly used, it needed a fair bit of tweaking.

making minor adjustments isnt all that hard - but finding model specific information can be a bit of a challenge. (the manufacturers website seems to hide the info not related to the most current model - took a fair bit of digging to find the software downloads to run the thing)

anyway, got the software & drivers installed, plugged it all in, and yippee, we can communicate with it!

went in search of a simple piece for some test printing, found a small keyfob that only takes about 15 minutes to print and off we go.

first attempt was with the supplied "sample" filament & was an absolute dismal failure.
loaded up some fresh filament and tried again...
2nd attmept produced a decent looking piece, but it has some issues with the first few layers...
made some adjustments and tried again...
3rd attempt didnt come out too badly. looked pretty much like it is suppsed to, altho again, the first couple of layers had some very minor issues - the bed needed a tiny bit more leveling...

in attempting to level the bed to the print head (extruder) we have discovered the bed is actually warped.

it isnt so bad that we cant use the printer, but we do need to be careful of how big a piece we are printing at this point - center is high (front to back), sides are low - works ok for smaller pieces that stay close to the center of the bed, but larger ones will have problems.

Having some fun playing with it right now, learning about it and how it works - I do see some upgrades to it in our near future - the warped bed being the first item to get fixed.

Also trying to learn how to model parts with 123d design... definitely a learning curve there! LOL

Lots of fun to be sure - the thing is fascinating to watch work!
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Old 02-08-2015, 12:45 PM
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Oh boy....... You rock ..
Looking forward to the progress and a sample pic.
Walking the fine line between Realistic scale and RC functionality..
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