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PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2013 11:30 am 
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Made my first batch of one-way valves. I encased them in plastic tube (carefully using Aquaseal to bond them) to ensure that the hinges don't get gummed up when siliconing them into the bottom of the seat scupper. Some of these are on their way to Mickeymouse, but I am happy to make more if anyone wants them @$A20 a pair including postage(that's about $250 US I believe :lol: )
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As an aside... about three months ago, I split one of my ST Turbo fins from the top down 4 inches. I used Aquaseal to glue it back together and they are still working perfectly, even though the mast is visible. Aquaseal is designed to repair wetsuits, so it is extremely tenacious but flexible.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 6:25 pm 
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I'll have to look into this. Got some other projects on the go at the moment...

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2014 9:19 pm 
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This 3D printing technology is getting better and better. They are way more reliable than paper printers, but I suppose that isn't really saying much.

From a rough sketch, to modelled and printed in 5.5 hours.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2014 2:01 am 
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G'day Slaughter,
Mate, that's very impressive :shock:
Is it just an optical illusion that your printed part looks smaller than the original?
Did you print this with an exotic 3D printer, or just a home garden variety?
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2014 9:06 am 
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Very interesting thread! Funny thought I had the other day:

I just bought a house that is a bit older and more accommodating of outdoorsy decor than my old place. I wanted to get a carved wooden sea kayak to put over my fireplace, but I soon realized that they were a bit difficult to come by. (Also, if you're not familiar with real wooden kayaks, they are extremely beautiful: http://laughingloon.com/). I started looking into the proper tools and skills I'd need to acquire for carving and staining my own wooden kayak model. As someone who sadly doesn't work with wood a whole lot, it was a bit daunting.

Then I had a thought: it would be really cool to have a model of the boats I currently own, and since they're made of plastic in real life, why not just get a 3D printer and some CAD software and print connectable sections that I can hand-finish? (Clearly this is getting away from mantle-piece territory and into moonshot brainstorming). At that point, a 3D-printed Adventure Island model seemed within the realm of possibility. I'm a software engineer, so naturally that means I'm automatically good at anything to do with computers (not really... CAD software is a beast). Print several pieces, connect them together, add some black string, a vinyl sail, etc... Maybe paint the body afterwards to give it a smoother surface and vibrant color.

Fast-forward, and I've settled on a 3D printer and trying to calculate how many custom kayak models I can sell to people in order to pay off the price of the printer. :D I'm also considering the ramifications of the Hobie vs bicx lawsuit after selling scaled models of their boats.

This is a typical evening for me. It will probably never happen, but I'm still tinkering with the idea. A custom 3D-printed model of my AI on my desk (maybe not on my mantle) would be pretty sweet.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2014 3:55 pm 
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That is amazing Slaughter. 8)
I can see this becoming very popular as the printers get more affordable.
Do you need to have a good knowledge of CAD to get to the final product?
How easy would it be to 3D print this?
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The epoxy failed on our recent week away and I had to bodgie up a hiking stick alternative.
I guess it's a steep learning curve?


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