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3D Printing Applied Fishing Tackle?
Article start date 3/14/3014
This is an ongoing work in progress. You'll see rough notes and a layout far from completed. You will see the steps along the way. Proof reads and rewrites will happen. You'll see the good, the bad and the ugly before this work is close to acceptable. Projected completion date is 2015 when new products are revealed. All the trials and tribulations will be shared with you This article will receive periodic updates when major goals like the first prints are accomplished. It's gonna be challenging and fun to conquer, or at least become good enough to do and design successful builds.
There's planned videos and many more photos to come thru-out 2014!
3D Printing Newbie
Everything here is from a rookie's viewpoint. I have zero experience. So, failures will be regarded as learning ways not to do it. Topic headings will be shifted as this work shapes up.
My 1st attempt was to purchase a low cost basic 3D
printer around $700. This machine was damaged
Cost vs. Reward
One $30 spool of filament can make about full sized 400 chess pieces. 32 pieces are in each set making 12.5 complete chess sets. Making the end cost of $2.50 per complete set less the board necessary to play the game. Granted it going to take a good amount of time and parts to recuperate the money spent on a 2 to 3k 3D printer, but the potential is there. The convience factor of not having to chase all over hell's half acre for items/parts/pieces and the sense of accomplishment will soften the investment costs. There is a price break point if you develop the skill sets required to run the darn thing, then use it enough.
Common Build Materials
ABS is not affected by heat as much and is used in
several parts on your car. PLA is a corn based bio product that has
a lower melting point. I could use big fancy words like
thermoplastic. However, not having a clue and being a beginner,
PLA & ABS plastics works for me. If you're after the technical jargon, the
below links from Wiki and there for your review:
FFF= fused filament fabrication is the layering process
3D printers use to build your ideas. Layers can go down thinner that
a sheet of paper. Just remember, the thinner the layers, the more
time it takes the machine to construct your project.
Wiki encyclopedia FFF explanation
Planned First Builds
Discovered there's a world full of inventors willing to share their printable products for free. Many of are customs designs made to fit existing products manufacturers chose not to make for proprietary reasons.
Makerbot's Thingiverse website has 1000s & 1000s of printable designs you can build. Including some fishing tackle/lures you can make. As of June 2013 Thingiverse had a 100,000 designs and continues to grow everyday. Just be mindful of the amount of time you can spend checking out all the potential builds. Just type in the search box what you're after. Click here for Thingiverse
My 1st build will be for a custom extended filament spool holder for my printer that cannot be bought, only made. This spool holder bolts to the side of the printer with a longer spool axel that accommodate many different brands, types and colors not offered by the company that made my printing machine.
Next will be unique pistol grip for my Sony action cams
used aboard my boat. I foresee this pistol grip shoot on a flatter
plane, rather than tilted angles. This handle, while large, printer
settings on the infill will make the print job go faster and save unneeded
filament. This is a complex build where supports are going to be
required. You'll see these breakaway supports when the pistol grip
is done. By the way, this grip is not offered by Sony, or anyone
else for that matter.
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