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Old 2012.12.12, 05:03 PM   #31
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Is nylon a viable material to make them out of?
To my knowledge, that's what this is. I think that's what all of the "Strong and Flexible" materials are. It's basically powdered nylon that get melted layer by layer with laser sintering.

Yep... found this on their site:

"The most popular material, the Strong & Flexible family is laser sintered nylon plastic that comes in a variety of colors and finishes. The material is incredibly versatile; when thin, it is flexible enough to be used for hinges and springs yet strong enough to be used as structural components when thicker. This material can be used for a wide variety of applications, from iPhone cases to jewelry, remote controlled quadcopters to wearable bikinis. "

"We start with a bed of powder, and then sinter the powder with a laser layer by layer, solidfying the powder as we go. Because of this layer by layer process, some models may see a staircase effect (see picture above). How much you see this effect depends on how your model is oriented in the print tray. Our production planners are working hard to orient models optimally to ensure efficient and good lookin' trays."
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Old 2012.12.12, 06:17 PM   #32
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Ive run the Mantis bumper at all PN races, i know this one will be good to go too.
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Old 2012.12.13, 02:45 AM   #33
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nice rear wing... like it… wonder if you'll incorporate the rear wing onto the body like the current Kyosho releases… next up front wing designs.…

or maybe a strong front wing that you dont need a bumper, or a front wing/bumper one piece design?
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Old 2012.12.13, 08:07 AM   #34
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I ran the v1 mantis bumper at this years worlds with no problem. I believe the rule is something like 45mm wide.
Cant wait to see what else you come up with Ed.

How about the tri shock arm that mounts to the motor pod that would allow pn shocks to work with the reflex damper. Basically the pn mount but pushed pushed back towards the chassis
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Old 2012.12.13, 10:06 AM   #35
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nice rear wing... like it… wonder if you'll incorporate the rear wing onto the body like the current Kyosho releases… next up front wing designs.…

or maybe a strong front wing that you dont need a bumper, or a front wing/bumper one piece design?
My initial front bumper design had all of the aero built into the design but I'm not a fan of sanding, finishing and painting so I felt the bolt-on route was better to take for this first initial release. I figured more would prefer to see their cars with more of an authentic look (I can't deny the beauty of the Autoscales!). This is all pending until I get my first round of parts to test, once I get a feel for what I can get away with structurally, then I will fix the winged design and release it.

Still no parts in the mailbox, but their tracking system says the labels are printed... this is torture for me!
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Old 2012.12.13, 10:10 AM   #36
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I ran the v1 mantis bumper at this years worlds with no problem. I believe the rule is something like 45mm wide.
Cant wait to see what else you come up with Ed.

How about the tri shock arm that mounts to the motor pod that would allow pn shocks to work with the reflex damper. Basically the pn mount but pushed pushed back towards the chassis
That would make me a design middle-man. If you could send me some pics of exactly what you're thinking, I'm more than willing to help out. I'll do some research tonight myself as well... I kinda have an idea but I'm not too familiar with the gear.
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Old 2012.12.14, 01:44 PM   #37
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Talking Parts Recieved!!!

All I can say is... I am extremely happy with the results! I will be making some very minor revisions and also adding some material options to the shop but other than that... it's a huge GO!!!

I will try to get some pics and I will be releasing some of my latest designs some time this weekend. Also, I will be creating individual threads for each design so as not to get all these posts mixed up here.

DO NOT place orders until I have each part on it's own individual thread, by that time I will have the revisions incorporated.

I need these to be as near perfect as possible or else I won't sleep well.

A quick update for now, the bumpers are tough as nails, they look awesome in black, and all of the older front wings I have on hand fit perfectly! I never knew crash-testing could be so much fun!
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Old 2012.12.14, 08:35 PM   #38
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Old 2012.12.14, 11:06 PM   #39
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No time for pics tonight but another quick update, the bumper survived a good day of bashing without so much as a scuff, the material sands real easy but the black layer does come off, this is easily corrected with a sharpie. I'm quite confident that I could easily remove material from some areas and it would still survive quite well. After a few full speed turn-ins and straight-ons into the rails... no damage, a bunch of car collisions... nothing. It seems more likely that the mounting points on the chassis would crack or strip out long before this bumper gives out.

Stay tuned!
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Old 2012.12.16, 11:44 PM   #40
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Been working at this for a while but finally got the threads up! Lot's of pics and what I hope are very straight-forward instructions

My Pre-2.4ghz F1 Bumper thread:

http://mini-zracer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=38663

And my new Secure Side Clip thread:

http://mini-zracer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=38665

No thread for the F1 wing yet, I won't start a parts thread for something until I have it in my hands! It is for sale on there, and I'm confident it will do the job perfectly... but I'd recommend holding off until I get mine! (actually, Larry ordered it for me! )

Much more to come... all kinds of whacky ideas going through my head lately now that I know Shapeways can pull these jobs off to this level!
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parts are looking real good Ed. Hope to be trying some out here after xmas. imm also going to send you a pm about some other parts id like to see if you would be interested in making
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Old 2012.12.17, 09:28 AM   #42
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Ed, the parts look fantastic! Can't wait to see them in person...
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Old 2012.12.17, 09:34 AM   #43
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Thanks Chad! I'm looking forward to working on new designs so once I get past Xmas, the schedule will open up for more drawing board time.

The new 2.4ghz F1 wing is next, followed by my first stylish RC accessory.

Thanks Greg! I will have an extra available if nobody else snaps it up before then.
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So, what the heck am I doing up at 3am?... the usual, obsessing about parts!

Some of you might find this interesting...



After, measuring every little nook and cranny of something 5-10 times and drawing it based on all of the quick averaging that occurs in my head (best guesstimating), sometimes I like to further agitate my senses by taking pics and trying to match up my stuff to see how close I actually got! It's just a real quick and dirty way to do it. If it's something I really want to match up, I fire up the printer and make some true to scale paper templates (loads of fun! )

Real high-tech design process I have here, right?

Anyone know where I can score a laser 3D coordinate scanner for under $300? Maybe a Faro arm or a CCM for dirt cheap?
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Just ordered the f1 rear wing, side plates and the 03 body mounts...can't wait!
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