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Old 2013.01.26, 12:35 PM   #61
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Old 2013.01.26, 08:30 PM   #62
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who would have thought this would turn into a bday thread…
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Old 2013.01.27, 06:42 PM   #63
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I was abducted and taken to a far away place to be dealt with accordingly by my wife... had an awesome weekend! Thanks guys!
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Old 2013.01.27, 08:08 PM   #64
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happy belated birthday Ed.

on another note have you messed with any wing designs for the cars?
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Old 2013.01.27, 09:02 PM   #65
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Old 2013.01.28, 06:53 AM   #66
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Thanks Joey!

Chad, I am working the wings for the cars as I type... Hoping to get them in the shop soon!
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Old 2013.02.05, 12:12 PM   #67
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Seriously cool Ed!!! Happy to see that 3D printing has gotten cheap enough to set up an enterprise as you have done, the price for your wings is quite reasonable and the material seems, as you describe, to be suitable for Mini Z use. We have been using Stratasys FDM machines here at at the shop for a few years now but the materials and process don't allow a fine enough resolution or properties for small scale. We do use the FDM parts quite extensively for full scale racing though, not just testing. Our outside contractors, when our in house machines are backed up, charge pretty hefty prices. I may send Shapeways a file or two to see how their parts compare to our stuff.
I should order a wing or two for my Zs, what would you recommend for an R8 body? High downforce type? Low downforce type?

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Old 2013.02.05, 12:36 PM   #68
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Thanks Pedro!

Yes, I've used 3d printing a bunch of times at work for certain aircraft. The resolution was never an issue for full scale but the smaller stuff required too much sanding to be practical. Years ago, my cousin gave me a tour of his rapid prototyper at his job but the end result was too poor quality for what I wanted to do. It has come a very long way, and I'm sure it's going to go much further!

The R8 is the next wing I plan to attack, as soon as some free time comes around. Since the R8 and the 599 are the most popular new racing bodies as of late I want to do individually styled wings for both of them.

One down... one to go.
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Old 2013.02.05, 12:58 PM   #69
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I think I saw arch or someone ask this but what is weight per cm3 for the material you are using? Have you had good results going to the 0.7mm minimum thickness they recommend? I'll order a sample pack from them nonetheless.
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I think I saw arch or someone ask this but what is weight per cm3 for the material you are using? Have you had good results going to the 0.7mm minimum thickness they recommend? I'll order a sample pack from them nonetheless.
Thinnest I've gone so far is around .040" thk (1.016mm), although there are some edges that have been formed thinner than that but the majority of my surfaces are kept above the minimums.

I didn't get a chance to research their densities as of yet... it's probably an easy find on their website though.
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Old 2013.02.08, 09:04 AM   #71
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Ordered 3 of your wings, the V2 2.9 in black and polished white and a 599 wing in polished white... look forward to checkin' 'em out.

I also ran a work file thru, cost was good, I am interested to compare against our FDM process.
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Old 2013.02.20, 01:53 PM   #72
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Received the work file I sent in to Shapeways and am quite impressed. The material is very tough, resilient and has nice resolution but of course it is a 1:1 piece. I received an email that the UID wings I ordered are on their way... look forward to checking them out.

I went ahead and ordered some foglight covers out of white polished I designed for my old Benz. Price was not bad, especially for something not available due to the age of my lights.

I also pushed our manufacturer liaison guy to get us an SLS machine for the shop, we have FDM now and they just won't hold up like the SLS part I have in my hand!

I recommend your parts on material and process choice alone, since I don't have part in hand but am sure you have done a great job on design, cool stuff!
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It's real good stuff. The material itself inspired me to try all kinds of different things and I've only really tried 2 types so far. Ideas keep coming in but theres no way to keep up now. I'm currently finishing up the F1 display chassis at nights, hoping to get it done by the end of the month so I can get onto the next cool thing.

I have a bunch of ideas for full scale stuff... I'll probably just start another shop for that though.
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So what Pedro is saying is that we will ow have a printer in the states we can use. Lol
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If he says he'll ship the stuff for me, I'll set up a shop with him!
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