Nav7's New 3D Tool

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Postby Navigator7 » Sun Jan 28, 2007 8:04 pm

We've all enjoyed using 3D software to model PVC tubes, valves and other items in exciting shapes and flavors. For the majority, as far as it gets it the puter monitor. Or...perhaps a 2D printer but then the novelty ends. Printed 3D stuff looks like crap and is really useless. In the end it comes down to the vise and a hacksaw or power tool, a tape measure and talent. The world builds 2D.
The 3D exercise has been pretty fun but its pretty silly in the spudgun arena...IMHO.

Aren't computers supposed to do things for us? Like on StarTrek?
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Yes, Captain?
Coffee Cup!
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Where is the ease of producing a product straight from your puter??????
Think it!
Draw it!
Print it!
Use it!

It's happened here at Nav7's studio!

I'm old enough to remember life before NC machines. Data cards or an optical light followed a hand drawn pencil lead on paper to reproduce parts in steel, wood plastic or some such.

Then came CNC or CAD/CAM. X,Y, Z, coordinates in space controlling a torch head, a milling tool, water jet, plasma jet or laser to reproduce a part from material.

10 years ago I heard about RP or Rapid Prototyping. I fell in love with RP but frankly....spending $400K was not in the cards for me. In the meantime, I've spent my time studying 3D programs, using and buying the best program I could find that match the way I think.

Recently a new product has come on the market that reeks of quality, potential and is friggen way faster and cheaper than anything else and it has captivated my dreams.
I just purchased a new tool!
It's a Z-Corp 510 3D printer.

I can use my trusted Mac and Cobalt programs.

Whatever you can envision and then create in 3D can be printed in this machine.
It will print RP parts.
It will print molds for rubber, plastic, plaster, epoxy, metal and ......water ;-).
It will print patterns for sand casting.
It will print the molds for casting metal!
It will print flexible parts.
It will print parts that can be treated to replace aluminum.
It will print arch support inserts for your feet.
It will print x-ray files....the bones...or broken bones, teeth, and brain matter...for those who have some.
It will print 3D models from 2D drawings for mega projects to make sure construction drawings are in fact accurate before parts are ordered and cut from around the world.

Here is a video...not mine... but a promotional video showing a printed part which is only plaster and glue being transformed into a useful tool:
http://s76.photobucket.com/albums/j18/N ... eParts.flv

Not to mention spud related possibilities:

o Molds for plastic or epoxy pistons.
o Molds for rubber diaphragms for QEV's.
o Molds for entire QEV's. Big QEV's.
o Pipe to PVC, PVC to Gatoraid, PVC to XYZ
o Hand grips.
o Adjustable tube supports to hold barrels a chambers in perfect alignment.
o Exotic projectiles.
o Awesome custom creations that could include your name and shapes that just can't be made any other way.

I have work for the machine immediately in a long term 3D text intensive application.
Additionally, I am building a very small foundry, (My former hobby) to capitalize in the local market here and....
Creating a website to market the machine to others who simply want something in their hands as fast as possible. (In 32bit color!)

It's the cheapest, fastest tool on the market to get a product in your hand in the least amount of days.

Accurate parts to .002.

There is one minor problem. I don't deal well with guys that step over dollars to pick up dimes.
If you use duct tape for o-rings or use JB weld as an o-ring replacement...If you want to trade a superior service for a 10 speed bike or some such.....please leave me alone.

On the other hand...if you are creative, positive, upbeat, have a vision, got talent and no money.......I'm interested.

I'm especially interested in guys like Gort who've created something out of nothing. His new cannon is has raised the bar! Nice job Gort!

The rest are welcome to inquire.

Use Gallup3D in the subject line or my Mac will consider your e-mail a clay pigeon. I'll hear the words, "Pull!" and a gunshot and that will be it.

;-)
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Postby markfh11q » Mon Jan 29, 2007 7:48 am

Hey, I use duct tape for O-rings!

BUT, I'm interested in cheap ways of accurate machining as well. How much did this cost you and how many people in the U.S. own one?
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Postby Navigator7 » Mon Jan 29, 2007 11:43 am

<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="tahoma,verdana,arial" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote">Originally posted by markfh11q
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Lol....I do have a sense of humor.

<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="tahoma,verdana,arial" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote">BUT, I'm interested in cheap ways of accurate machining as well. How much did this cost you and how many people in the U.S. own one?
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Lot$ lot$.....I'm the only person I know....mostly corporations.

Where I see it of value is building molds. Having done a few...they come out perfect.
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Postby aetherguy881 » Mon Jan 29, 2007 12:02 pm

Can we have some pictures? I'm sure those molds are great from what you've said.

Great advertising there. You should go in to that business too!
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Postby Navigator7 » Mon Jan 29, 2007 9:05 pm

<img src="http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j18/Navigator7/Gallups/100_1003.jpg">
This is a pic of an actual printed prototype that will be paying the bills.
This unit proved the point.....but because the model was to scale, the paying customer determined all the text needed to be bigger and less extrusion.
$100 was spent and actually averted a quarter million dollar error in judgement.
We will be doing about 3000, give or take.
Because it is a pattern....the text is bassackwards.
The name is Audie Murphy, the highest decorated soldier in America. (I used his decorations as a pattern for size and text problems)
Future models will contain a reservoir into which gelcoat, brass powder and epoxy will be poured into to form a weather fast plaque.

This is a website I started for the "The United States Armed Forces Legacy~Tonasket":
<a href="http://www.usaflegacytonasket.org/index_new.htm"> Still Under Construction</a>

I've got a model brewing for Nav's 3" Whistling Plaster Projectile for the WaterDawgâ„¢. I think I posted that somewhere else here. Haven't built the mold yet as I'm still in start up.

You young guys may be accustomed to technological advancements ...and in fact expect advancements but the growth of this field has blown me away.
I first heard of 3D RP or Rapid Prototype about 8 years ago.
8 years ago, the model shown in the pic would have cost about $400....and would have been worth every penny is in fact that was what you wanted for a production run.
The demand for this service now puts the price for that piece at around $100 bucks...but the actual cost is way less.
Don't forget profit. Profit is something they don't teach in schools these days. ;-) (Gotta have a little liberal tweak every 500 characters or so... ;-)
As a new guy...I'll be selling printer space real cheap until my printer is booked.

So .....if you got a vision and looking for a way to make a lot of widgets....you really need to bite the bullet and e-mail me soon.....before my plate gets full.
WHAT YOU WANT is to have me make a mold or pattern for you. Not only that....I can use copy and paste and make a multiple patterns or molds right in the same build.
Friggen cool stuff.

I need a .stl file or a drawing on a beer stained napkin to get started. My CAD time is cheap.
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Postby markfh11q » Mon Jan 29, 2007 10:28 pm

And for those of you who aren't able to read upside down, backwards, at angles, are selectively dyslectic, etc., here it is again.;)

<center><img src="http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a123/markfh11q/backasswards.jpg"></center>
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Postby Zorrowannabe9 » Mon Jan 29, 2007 11:24 pm

I would like a model of my broken hand haha
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Postby Navigator7 » Tue Jan 30, 2007 12:28 am

Cool Markfh.....Thanks!
I gotta se if my CAD program can flip pics.
:-)

FYI for those who don't know....OLC means Oak Leaf Clusters.....which is a repeat of say...SS or Silver Star...or two Silver Stars.
I don't put much stock in medals but I do put a lot of stock in getting the job done. Nobody wants to win a medal.
Reading about Audie Murphy and others....they are so into getting the job done they forget they might get killed.
In the end.....nobody remembers the guy who didn't get a medal....but for most......just doing the right thing at the right time is enough.

Zorrowwannabe...ask your doc if he can save your x-ray to and .stl file.
If you can get me an .stl file of your hand I might be able to print something.

Be kinda cool to have a projectile with a facsimile your broken hand embedded in it?????
;-)
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Postby Robcsmall » Tue Jan 30, 2007 11:09 am

Nav7,

You indicated you are a MAC user. Can you recomend any 3D viewers for the MAC. I had soldview for my old windows machine. Worked great! I just bought a MacBookPro! Love It! I run parallel to run Windows then solidview, kindof a pain in the butt!!! I need native software! Thanks
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Postby Navigator7 » Tue Jan 30, 2007 3:43 pm

Hi Rob!
Yes...A Happy Mac U$er.

I produce 3D stuff in Ashlar-Vellum Cobalt.
Here is a Free Viewer for those files. I've never used it as I have the program:
http://www.ashlar.com/sections/products ... share.html

I don't know if it can view stl files.
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