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AndreZX
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« on: February 15, 2008, 02:50:25 PM »

Anybody ever try building one of these?

http://www.rockcliffmachine.com/info.htm

I'm sorely tempted. I'm pretty sure I want to spend the $20 to order the plans and see what's entailed. The construction should be straightforward enough, I'm just wondering how the motors and controllers interface with the computer.

But since I do a lot of 3D work, it'd be so awesome to be able to create one of my characters in styrofoam or plaster. A buddy of mine and I both do a lot of work creating props— swords, guns, armor, you name it. This would make the construction of that stuff a hundred times easier.
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« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2008, 03:11:13 PM »

A friend of mine has got a real one in his garage.   Grin  I must get some photos of it.
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« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2008, 03:14:00 PM »

A friend of mine has got a real one in his garage.   Grin  I must get some photos of it.

Please do. Any idea how much real ones cost?

EDIT: Nevermind, just checked them out on ebay. They seem to go from a couple thousand dollars and up.
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« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2008, 03:21:41 PM »

Yeah. He's an engineer.

He had to soundproof the garage, and the thing pretty much fills it.
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« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2008, 03:28:48 PM »

You guys ever heard of Siggraph? It's a huge computer graphics conference held in the US every year. Two years ago it was in Boston, and while I was there I was checking out a vendor booth with "3D Printers" which are just these milling machines. Some of them will even paint your model too. It was pretty cool, as their floor demo they'd scan your head into 3D and then mill out a small plastic version and make a keychain out of it.

I told the guy that I would try to get my school to purchase one, and told him I go to Rutgers. Then he informed me that Rutgers was already very actively looking into buying one.

That was two years ago, and I never heard anything about it again. Ah well. Would've been nice. They'll probably get it after I graduate this semester.

If anyone else is interested, I'll let you know what I find out from the plans and see what kind of a budget this will entail.
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« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2008, 05:11:33 PM »

Andre, you might want to check this link out http://reprap.org/bin/view/Main/WebHome its for a bunch of university people building their own 3d printer, looks intresting and could be useful for proving steels frames at work.

http://www.cnczone.com/forums/index.php?s=d93401fa1b98853a7d65fe4cef77e2d1 for CNC
http://www.5bears.com/cnc.htm
http://www.crankorgan.com/
http://www.gloomy-place.net/cnc.htm

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« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2008, 05:17:31 PM »

Whoa mate, thanks for the links.  Wink
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« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2008, 10:40:32 PM »

I was thinking about building one.
Until I found out the final price is about 1400 USD.
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« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2008, 01:00:41 AM »

I had these guys 3D printed, the two gray ones are SLA (stereo lithography) sculpts, made from a plastic material, the one on the right is from a z-corp printer,its a powder material mixed with a glue.  The SLA are much nicer and alot more expensive.  Would love to have my own printer and CNC machine Smiley.  Im planning a custom CNC case for the next build. Grin


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« Reply #9 on: February 21, 2008, 01:05:49 AM »

Yeah.
That powder stuff can create some nice things though.

I have seen some before.
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« Reply #10 on: February 21, 2008, 01:14:27 AM »

Whoa, digitalfoq. Those are fantastic!
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« Reply #11 on: February 21, 2008, 01:22:43 AM »

Thanks Andre !!   Grin
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« Reply #12 on: February 21, 2008, 02:05:27 AM »

They are cool!

What format did you give the models in? I take it you modelled them yourself? When you say expensive how expensive?
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« Reply #13 on: February 21, 2008, 02:39:49 AM »

They are cool!

What format did you give the models in? I take it you modelled them yourself? When you say expensive how expensive?

Yeah, I'm curious too. I'm assuming the generally take DXFs, but can they use OBJs?

I've got a ton of models I'd love to get made.
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« Reply #14 on: February 21, 2008, 02:42:51 AM »

Me too! Even just getting a cast or such milled out and then a diecast model made would be totally awesome.
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