Customs: Rapid Prototyping Sample

Discussion in 'Creative General Discussion' started by Boggs6ft7, Feb 12, 2009.

  1. Boggs6ft7

    Boggs6ft7 TFW2005 Supporter

    Joined:
    May 25, 2006
    Posts:
    2,399
    Trophy Points:
    216
    Likes:
    +0
    I think my old thread ran its course...

    I finally went ahead and got something I had designed rapid prototyped. I found a place that did the work for very cheap and while the results are less than stellar, its workable. Getting these done in a high resolution is much much more expensive, on the order of 20-30 times more.

    Also in the picture, you can see the same part I made from styrene. This was my original attempt and I didn't care for the qualtity I was getting out of my work, so I just went back to the computer and started designing all my parts in Solidworks. The styrene shows details better, but the RP part is more consistant in terms of symmetry and is much more rigid. The surface is rough, but can be sanded down. My final build may be a combination of the two or I'll keep looking for an affordable source to do a high resolution part. The part was made for $18 shipped. I would get a better deal if I made more.

    Some answers about the pictures:

    1. Yes, its what you think it is.
    2. I have spent MANY hours on this project... however...
    3. I'm not ready to start a WIP thread until I know I can finish him, its getting close though. I would put him at 70% designed.
    4. The other picture is a snapshot of what I made in Solidworks.
    5. The funky window on the styrene piece is not supposed to be there, I messed up that end. The RP part has one at the end not shown where the "eye" would be.
     

    Attached Files:

  2. TonyzCustomz

    TonyzCustomz Am I doin it rite? TFW2005 Supporter

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2007
    Posts:
    2,747
    News Credits:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    181
    Likes:
    +2
    Ebay:
    Wow, cant really say I like the prototype quality but for 18 bucks shipped it isnt to bad. Since it has the basic shape and everything I assume you are going to use it once sanded down for its symmetry correct? Working off of it should be cake to add all your details to it. I have been looking more into all this stuff since you started the thread way back and decided that it is just out of my reach and since I am more of a traditional sculptor and have no 3D background I have decided to invest my money into a injection molding machine to up my pieces that I will be making from styrene or resin to a stronger plastic.

    The design is pretty cool whatever it is, no hints?:D 
     
  3. Boggs6ft7

    Boggs6ft7 TFW2005 Supporter

    Joined:
    May 25, 2006
    Posts:
    2,399
    Trophy Points:
    216
    Likes:
    +0
    Someone will figure it out.



    As for the ordered part, I will be only using it once. If I were interested in making a mold for additional parts, I would have no choice but to order a part in higher definition. I think if I go this route for future pieces, I will make them as simple as possible and then add all the details on later.
     
  4. REDLINE

    REDLINE longer days, plz? Veteran

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2004
    Posts:
    27,867
    News Credits:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    296
    Likes:
    +3
    only thing I can come up with is Shockwave, HOS style?
     
  5. griffith76

    griffith76 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2003
    Posts:
    484
    News Credits:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    126
    Likes:
    +3
    Wow Aaron you're really gonna get it done! If you need help on parts you can let me know.
     
  6. Peaugh

    Peaugh Hi.

    Joined:
    Aug 7, 2006
    Posts:
    11,606
    News Credits:
    204
    Trophy Points:
    312
    Likes:
    +267
    Yeah, Hearts of Steel Shockwave is all I an think of looking at that. And if I'm right, WOW, can't wait to see it finished!
     
  7. TonyzCustomz

    TonyzCustomz Am I doin it rite? TFW2005 Supporter

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2007
    Posts:
    2,747
    News Credits:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    181
    Likes:
    +2
    Ebay:
    Ohhhhh!!!!! I see it now, sweet! Definitely the top part of the ship/chest piece.
     
  8. Boggs6ft7

    Boggs6ft7 TFW2005 Supporter

    Joined:
    May 25, 2006
    Posts:
    2,399
    Trophy Points:
    216
    Likes:
    +0
    Thanks man, I'll see what problems I run into and let you know.


    And yes, its HOS Shockwave. It should be on the order of MP Prime in terms of size when finished. I'm not sure why I made him that big, everything started from CAD drawings and all the proportions were based off those.
     
  9. Donocropolis

    Donocropolis Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2007
    Posts:
    125
    Trophy Points:
    56
    Likes:
    +0
    just to let everyone know, I've seen his solidworks model, and it is glorious.

    I won't tell you what I had to do to see it, but we'll just say I had to do some things that I'm not proud of.
     
  10. Boggs6ft7

    Boggs6ft7 TFW2005 Supporter

    Joined:
    May 25, 2006
    Posts:
    2,399
    Trophy Points:
    216
    Likes:
    +0
    You'll do more of the of the same if you want to be kept in the loop.
     

Share This Page