Using a 3D printer

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  1. SnipeHunter

    SnipeHunter Well-Known Member

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    those are both at max legal pressure, just different muzzle velocity.

    and cross posting is bad form
     
  2. donanton

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    i was responding to my own question so that everyone knew i got the answer.
     
  3. donanton

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    Hey snipe, does your job have a webpage?
     
  4. SnipeHunter

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    Sure does:

    Visit this site

    its a part of a little organization you may have heard of

    Visit this site

    We make things that go boom!
     
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    Hey SnipeHunter, do you know Chris Kessler? He works up there (unless there are other Army arsenals working on artillery stuff in NJ)... He's built several ships, and an interesting guy to talk to.
     
  6. SnipeHunter

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    hehe

    yeah I know him, actually im using his computer right now! [;)]
    and you're right we've had some interesting conversations. hehe
    but he missed shooting up allied scum with you at NATS this year.
     
  7. donanton

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    We make things that go boom!




    Can big gun use the howitzer?
     
  8. donanton

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    Hey snipe are you involved in the 3d printing part?
     
  9. donanton

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    JACKPOT TIME!
    I was just talking to one of my Cad teachers at school and he said that I can use the school's 3d printer!:)
    I just have tofind out what substance the actual model is made of(hopefully abs). After that I just need to make a a 3d solid on the computer, have the lab tech make sure it wonr make the printer explode, then print a test piecs. Of course then the real trial begins, I have to wait for an IRCWCC event to see if it can hold up to bb's.

    Now I can stop bothering military testing grounds empoyees.

    Seeya!
    Anthony
     
  10. SnipeHunter

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    Yeah, I have access to it but they kinda frown on people using tax dollars for their personal use.

    Thats awesome that you can get access to one at your school, it will be interesting to hear how the printed material holds up. Id be interested in any test results you get.
     
  11. donanton

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    Whats the width of a 1/144 main turret on a uss washington? I already had a scale main turret rendered in 3d so I'm finally gonna use it for my first 3d printed rc warship part.

    Then I still have to wait for a nearby event so I can shoot it.
     
  12. donanton

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    nevermind
    got it

    I'm gonna make it so the turret itself has 1/4" sides.
     
  13. donanton

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    I have news on the prototype!!

    Printing will begin tomorrow afternoon and I will be able to pick it up monday afternoon. Apparently teachers don't want to teach on saturdays or sundays. Go figure

    As an added bonus, I put a grey skin on the model with the editing program so that It will be easier to see the damage done by impacted rounds. The inside will be......white as usual. The bottom of the turret itself is hollow so I can put some foam in it and float it the next time I go to a battle. I think the captains there would like to be the first ones to shoot at the ballistics prototype (I like to use fancy words.)

    I figure I'll have them empty their magazines one at a time to simulate the impacts that would happen over time. There are 90 degree sides on it and the sides of the turret are only 1/4" so I think that if the turret survives without major damage, I'll go on to make test ribs.

    I figure 2 or 3 ribss worth of ship skinned will be a nice size target.

    More news when it happens,
    Anthony
     
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    Be sure to post before and after photos.



     
  15. donanton

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    Hell, I'll put video on youtube.
     
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    Carnage before, during and after![:)]
     
  17. donanton

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    I'll have the turret tomorrow and post pics expediciously.
     
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    The turret was actually printed today. IT is done with the first step, but I stil need to cleanit, soak it in water to get the bubbles out and cover it with epoxy a few times.

    No pictures yet Anachronus.
     
  19. SnipeHunter

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    Sweet, Sounds pretty cool. Do you know what kind of material was made out of?
    Seeing test results will be most interesting.
     
  20. donanton

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    I'll ask the professor about what material it is made of. Not ABS. The printer was a Z510. Instead of being grey, It looks like you smeared a rainbow on a few areas; very conspicious. I'll take a picture of the printer too.

    There has already been a casualty. I wasn't there when the "lab tech" was putting the turret in the bucket of water to soak and the bucket was too small. So snap, snap, snap. Only the thinner part on the end broke.

    But that doesn't matter since the barrels were just an added perk. The turret itself looks good and should get epoxied many time tomorrow. It might even get a wax coat for shinyness.

    Hopefully pictures tomorrow.

    On a side note, My college also has a 3d scanner, so if everything turns out good, I'll try to get a superstructure scanned, blown up on the computer, and 3d printed. All I have to do then is get 28 grand for a decent printer. Even though it is an ABS printer.

    Oh well that wont happen tommorrow anyway.

    Seeya!
    Anthony