Customs: Hinges and Joints for my SD Cardformers

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  1. Sledge

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    Okay I've got my plastic, I've got my plans, I've got my cutting equipment and such, but I have no idea what to use for joints and hinges on these tiny creations. Any suggestions?
     
  2. Hiro Prime

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    What is it, exactly that you're trying to do?
     
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    KA PENIS GOES WHERE?!!

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    score the card/plastic to make hinges?
     
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    For the joint, make a protrusion fashioned like so: =o. Don't make the 'ball' at the end too much bigger than the stick, just enough to hold the other piece on. Put a circular hole the same diameter as the width of the stick into the other piece and connect them perpendicularly.

    Hinges can be a problem. If you want them to be able to open flat, use four of the above joints, as though you were making a double-joint knee. If you DON'T need that much range of motion, make teeth out of the above stick and ball assembly, and mesh them together.
     
  5. Sledge

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    Hiro I am essentially trying to remake the cassetteformers but as SD cards. Of course SD cards are considerably smaller so it will be a challenge. I'm making them a tad bit thicker than normal to keep my kids from sticking them into things.

    KA That approach won't hold out I think for a transformable figure. (btw I thought I was the only one that remembered Supergran)

    RandomFerret I'm going to give it a try. Thanks. :) 
     
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    Have you considered rivets or rivet-tye pins?
     
  7. Sledge

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    My03Tundra I would, but I have no idea where to find sufficiently small ones.
     
  8. MegaMoonMan

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    If you have a round strip of plastic, you could make rivets out of that. Just melt the end a bit and press it against the table. Put it through the joint, and melt the other side flat.
     
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    Ohhh, I thought you meant superdeformed credit card models, okay then, do the hinges with thick packing tape. Really high-quality fibreglass stuff, I mean. And I'd use your own adhesive, not the one that comes on the tape.
     
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    If you're hardcore and the plastic is thick enough, you could cut the joints right out of the plastic, drill a TINY hole through the length of the plastic joint, and use an actual pin for a joint pin.

    It should work in theory, but it would be a super bitch to pull off if the plastic was really thin.
     
  11. Sledge

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    Well if you have any SD (Secure Digital) cards you'll know the general thickness. My plastic I've chosen is a little over half the thickness of one card.

    Oh and Ferret. Packing tape might end up thicker than the actual plastic. Secure digital cards are VERY small.
     
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    Maybe you should go with the CF standard...bigger and thicker.
     

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