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(331) World’s Most Expensive Pinning Tray


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  1. is it precision enough to make pins? it would be neat to try crazy pin designs (obviously plastic is not secure for real life situations)

  2. How the world of 3d printing has changed. I am the 3D printing guy at a small engineering company and within the college of engineering where I go to school. We regularly pay $20-$30 for a 1kg spool of filament, well at least we used to before we got a filament sponsor. I remember the day of getting a replicator 2X and paying $50 a kilogram for filament.

  3. Impressive. Did you port the 3D data file from Acad to the printer?  If so, I wonder if Pro Engineer can also?  Nice tray too.  I am going to make a couple from plastic cutting boards (your idea) and use my router with a template. Could make one freehand like you did with Dremel but I would be routing the walls and floor before I am done.

  4. $20? People always told me printing stuff was dirt cheap (pennies), so their idea of cheap, is inaccurate. Thanks for clearing it up with real numbers.

  5. Keymaster,
    Were it only possible! It takes about 6 hours to print one of these, that's why I only made a few. It also uses up almost $10 worth of the ABS material, so it is not economical. Sorry.

  6. Not yet. There IS a program that prints Y1 keys & allows you to print them according to code! When I get back from this trip in about 10 days or so I'll give it a shot. I'm curious if the ABS plastic is durable enough to withstand the twisting, etc from use in a lock. We'll see…

  7. Not successfully. I've designed a set of followers but am having trouble getting them to adhere to the build plate. About 1/2 way through the print they break off and make a mess of things.

  8. I did manage to tweak it a little and save some time by slightly changing the number of outer shells and not printing a "raft", which is the base layer. Those small tweaks saved about an hour of printing time. Aside from that I think this is about the best time we're going to get on the pinning tray: 3 hours, 40 minutes.

  9. That sort of realised that about 2 hours after posting.

    I'm now wondering if it could be done in sections (but that's just me thinking about things I know nothing about)

  10. Unfortunately, you need a foundation upon which to lay down the plastic. You can't start lying plastic in mid-air without some kind of support. Fortunately, the slicing program checks this and forces you to use "supports" or "infill". Infill is for "solid" objects and supports are for free-hanging objects (like a tree branch). Either way you go you'll have to use plastic. 20% is about as low as you can go and have a solid feel to the pinning tray.

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