Rapid Prototyping

Discussion in 'General Modeling' started by Chewintabbacka, Dec 21, 2005.

  1. Chewintabbacka

    Chewintabbacka New Member

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    Hi, Just joined.

    I`m in the UK. Into Starwars Costumes for display and Cinemaquette models mostly.

    Anyways, Im looking for some advice on Rapid Prototyping - Ive used one servie in the US before - If I recall it was called ART TO PART. It was powdery and difficult to smooth. Ended up ok but I need somethng with a little more detail...

    Im wondering what options there are and if theres any in the UK? The larger the better but I can always split the models Im making into sections if needs be.

    All you info much appreciated.

    Later

    Hanjob Soslow
     
  2. cobywan

    cobywan Sr Member

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    If the details aren't too tiny, I would consider CNC milling or routing. Those processes give nice smooth finnishes. But tiny intricate detail is difficult to get at best.
     
  3. Gilmortar

    Gilmortar Sr Member

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    heres some good advice...

    DONT HAVE Tyre do it.
     
  4. Utinni

    Utinni Sr Member

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    Depends who you go with and what machine they use...

    A project I'm working on now, Imp logo done in Rhino CAD and milled in wax to be cast in Sterling Silver, 15mm in Diameter and only 2mm thick, it's NICE and smooth, NO tooling lines at all. :

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    Jeff
     
  5. cobywan

    cobywan Sr Member

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    You did make a mold of that right? You want a fistfull of those I think. :)
     
  6. trekkieb47

    trekkieb47 Well-Known Member

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    QFT
     
  7. Eaglewood

    Eaglewood Sr Member

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    Hey there

    I have access to some people in this industry. It has come a long way. I am using the Rapid Prototype technology but just getting the STL files and the cutting the parts out of aluminum, steel or whatever. That way I have a master and then I can make a mold with it Smooth-on.

    I can the coat it with my process for metallizing-Applied Metal

    I am using a Laser scan technology that creates a great file for this. If you really want the rapid prototype, the technology has come a long way and creats a pretty good finished product.
    Just to let you know--unless you are connected with someone in this industry--it can be expensive, even for a small part.

    Let me know what you have going and I will see if I can help

    Good Luck

    Clay
     
  8. Eaglewood

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    Actually the tiny intricate details are not that difficult to do. I can show you some pics of us machining on a human hair--
    send an email if you want to see these or I will put them on my blog on my website.

    We have machined in 60+Rc materials with .004 dia cutters.
    Done deep ribs also.

    Technology--aint it amazing....
    Clay
     

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