AND FINALLY!! After months of progress I have finally completed a full build of the left part of the dorsal chest piece! I was beginning to think with all of the revisions I was constantly making that I was never going to finish it lol.
And now....on to the other side, and sizing of the parts I need to 3d print.
First picture of the right side. I can already tell this will go by much faster now that I've done it already in reverse lol. Sadly I won't be able to make much progress beyond the weekend as work will be pulling me away for the entirety of next week. Ugh, but such is life!
Thanks! As soon as I've finished work on the two hemispheres i'm building the bridge prototype from paper so I can size it and 3d print it for strength. In the second picture you can see the backing I put in to help brace it for the stress of bringing the two halves together.
Well I went to 3d print the center piece and found I don't have the right ink. So while I wait for that I decided to print out some other details.
I did these in "Tough Ink" more commonly known as flex ink. Prints out but is vey flexible so much less change of breaking. Now just have to smoothing these out with a knife and some find grain sand paper.
Thanks Voren Marr! And sorry for the lack of updates. I have been working on some new pieces just haven't had a chance to post. Plus trying to print out the bridge piece to the dorsal chest plate, but having issues with it printing out as it should. I hope to post some pictures later today, but as with anything we'll see!
Oh and is anyone else having issues with their alerts showing? I used to get a little red number on my name showing the content that I followed or if I had new comments, but it doesn't seem to be working right now. Is that just me?
Ok so found out I have a bad X-axis motor on the extruder(print head) of my 3d printer and waiting for a replacement. In the meantime I've started working on some of the other details for the dorsal chest plate.
Hey all! Sorry for the lack of posts, life and all getting in the way. I have been able to make some progress on the build, just not as much as I would like, but cest la vi! Anyway, some more pics to enjoy!
It may be hard to see in the pics, but essentially I joined the pieces by boring small holes and forcing toothpics thru. Then once I was sure I had placement correct, I dipped them in cement and ran them thru one more time, then dabbed them with a bit more to make sure they wouldn't move around. All in all it will be a very sturdy piece when it goes to resin/fiberglass.
In the interim I finally got my replacement X-Axis motor and was able to print out my dorsal chest bridge and it looks amazing! So much better than I had anticipated and freakishly strong! For those interested, I used ABS-R (Micro3d) filament. I have included a snapshot of what it is on the model so you can get an idea.
The piece has been filled in approximately 80% but is very strong. I plan on running a bolt thru it and using a lock nut with washers on either side to bring the whole thing together. Then the completed assembly will undergo resin/fiberglass as one to further increase strength. Hoping that it means I won't have to fix it anytime in the near future! haha.
Anyhow, cheers all and for those in the U.S., have a happy 4th of July!