CarethFanura - 1st build to rebuild Progress

Carethfanura

New Member
Ok. Photo angles are always hard to tell. In that pic my concern would be the frames hitting the visor. But again, camera angles don't always give an accurate perception.
I can put on the helmet with the glasses and looks like I'll have 1.5" space between glasses and visor itself. I wear mine near end of the nose though so that's almost 2" visor to eyes. I think it's lots lol.

Right now just trying to decide best way to solder the parts together and reduce the print lines themselves.

Wondering if anybody tried making a thin "join plate" to use for connecting the pieces at the joins to reinforce the connections? Perhaps that's unnecessary?
 

PlanetAlexander

RMO
405th Regiment Officer
I can put on the helmet with the glasses and looks like I'll have 1.5" space between glasses and visor itself. I wear mine near end of the nose though so that's almost 2" visor to eyes. I think it's lots lol.

Right now just trying to decide best way to solder the parts together and reduce the print lines themselves.

Wondering if anybody tried making a thin "join plate" to use for connecting the pieces at the joins to reinforce the connections? Perhaps that's unnecessary?
You mention soldering the parts together; do you know about 3D print welding?

For reducing the layer lines, you have a few options: you can use a sandable filler primer to fill up the layers, and there's also resin fillers, like XTC-3D. Some people use wood filler/Bondo all over their project to fill the layer lines, which would definitely work, I personally just find it too messy. If you have access to a palm sander, I highly recommend one as it'll save you so much time and effort when it comes to sanding prints.

For the joint plate: have you looked at fibreglassing the inside?

It's all coming together quite well!
 

SgtSaint

Member
Fill, sand, prime, repeat - The Spartan motto
Just be sure to print with enough wall thickness. You don't want to print with only 2x .4 perimeters making a .8 wall; you'll sand through that in a heatbeat. I do a 2mm-2.4mm wall with very little infil so I have strength and sanding thickness.
A few stages all in one pic.
5percent-80percent_one-shot.jpg
 

Carethfanura

New Member
You mention soldering the parts together; do you know about 3D print welding?

For reducing the layer lines, you have a few options: you can use a sandable filler primer to fill up the layers, and there's also resin fillers, like XTC-3D. Some people use wood filler/Bondo all over their project to fill the layer lines, which would definitely work, I personally just find it too messy. If you have access to a palm sander, I highly recommend one as it'll save you so much time and effort when it comes to sanding prints.

For the joint plate: have you looked at fibreglassing the inside?

It's all coming together quite well!
Fill, sand, prime, repeat - The Spartan motto
Just be sure to print with enough wall thickness. You don't want to print with only 2x .4 perimeters making a .8 wall; you'll sand through that in a heatbeat. I do a 2mm-2.4mm wall with very little infil so I have strength and sanding thickness.
A few stages all in one pic.
View attachment 327338

Thanks PlanetAlexander!

I followed the 3d Print Welding video, was super handy having a bag that I keep all my supports, bases and any failed prints in for recycling purposes HAHA. Finally paid off having that bag saved up!

Used the painters tape on the outside to hold together and welded the inner pieces first, then did some touch ups to fill any gaps on the outer side.

For first time I'm pretty happy with it. Started building my electronic part programming with my Adrino board to see how that's going to look and work.

I think filling and sanding is next... or the visor? not sure which should next TBH.
Trying to decide if I i ATTEMPT to 3d print FDM with clear PLA the visor, or ask a friend who has a resin printer to do it, or just repurpose one of those plastic face covid shields for now and replace it later on ... hmmmmmm

SgSaint, those look great, Did you use wood filler? what brand if you mind me asking?
I used 1.5mm walls and 5% infill density with the Cubic layout, hopefully mine will be thick enough :eek:
 

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