Workshop Video Camera Mount

Video Camera Mount for Workshop

Video Camera Mount for Workshop

Digital Camera Mount to leave out in my Workshop to take Videos.

Upper and Lower 3D-Printed Parts with the Old Aluminum Curtain Rods

Upper and Lower 3D-Printed Parts with the Old Aluminum Curtain Rods

This project uses old curtain rods that were going to go into the trash …

SolidWorks CAD Concept for the Camera Mount for Workshop Videos

SolidWorks CAD Concept for the Camera Mount for Workshop Videos

Decided to 3D-Print a Camera Mount I could leave out in the Workshop all the time so it would be available if my Tripod was being used on an inside project.

Canon Digital Camera on the 3D-Printed Workshop Tubing Mount

Canon Digital Camera on the 3D-Printed Workshop Tubing Mount

I like the ablity to take digital photos & videos of my projects while they are on the Workshop tables to show the process of fabricating items.

( Example Fabrication Photo from Post:  ‘Shortening My Pallet Jack’ )

Worktable View of Finished welding sides supports & side edges

View of Welding Set-Up for Sides Supports & Edges

Found some old Aluminum Curtain Rods and used them as part of the design to Create a 3D-Printed workshop mount for my Canon Digital Camera.

Thin Aluminum Tubing found in the Metal Scrap Bin

Thin Aluminum Tubing found in the Metal Scrap Bin

Once I knew the Tubing diameters, then designed the parts with SolidWorks.

3D-Printed Camera Angle Adjustment Ball

3D-Printed Camera Angle Adjustment Ball

Added a 3D-Printed Ball to the design to allow for Camera Angle Adjustment.

Camera Adjusts However Needed to Create the Best Video View

Camera Adjusts However Needed to Create the Best Video View

One needs lots of Camera angle options when making Videos of projects …

Hollow Shell Area for 3D Printed Angle Adjustment Ball in the Mount

Hollow Shell Area for 3D Printed Angle Adjustment Ball in the Mount

Once the Camera angle is adjusted using the inner 3D-Printed Ball; then, the outer shell is tightened using a 3D-Printed Knob, Nut & Bolt to lock it in place.

Transparent View Showing How the Ball is Held in Place with Hex Bolt

Transparent View Showing How the Ball is Held in Place with Hex Bolt

Whatever is created in CAD can be 3D-Printed on the AFINIA 3D-Printer …

Camera Mount Part Shown in AFINIA's 3D Printing Software

Camera Mount Part Shown in AFINIA’s 3D Printing Software

3D-Printed all the parts using a AFINIA H-480 3D-Printer …

AFINIA 3D-Printer making the Camera Mount Knobs

AFINIA 3D-Printer making the Camera Mount Knobs

I 3D-Printed Hex shaped holes, and for added strength, used 1/4″-20 bolts/nuts & No.6 Machine Screws for this Camera Mount project.

Nuts & Bolts Used to Tighten the 3D-Printed Knobs

Nuts & Bolts Used to Tighten the 3D-Printed Knobs

SolidWorks CAD Software provides the ablity to create Photo-Realistic Renderings, which help designers see what items will look like prior to fabrication.

( Click on the Image Below to see a Larger View of the CAD Rendering )

SolidWorks CAD Rendering of Digital Camera Mount

SolidWorks CAD Rendering of Digital Camera Mount

Photo below shows the finished Workshop Camera/Video Mount …

Canon Digital Camera on the Workshop 3D-Printed Mount

Canon Digital Camera on the Workshop 3D-Printed Mount

As mentioned before, I use an older Canon Camera for Time-Lapse Videos …

Canon PowerShot SD1100IS Camera

Canon PowerShot SD1100IS Camera

Problem with my normal Tripod is it traps the bottom hatch from opening.

Opening the Camera's Bottom Hatch for Battery & SD Card

Opening the Camera’s Bottom Hatch for Battery & SD Card

This 3D-Printed mount sits higher, so I am able to open the bottom hatch for access to the Battery & SD Card.

Removing the SD Card While the Camera in on the Mount

Removing the SD Card While the Camera in on the Mount

Access to the SD Card without removing the camera from the mount keeps everything in position if I wish to remove the SD Card and review videos on my computer.

Removing Battery While Camera in on the Mount

Removing Battery While Camera in on the Mount

When taking Time-Lapse Videos over many days I don’t want the camera to move but I might have to take out the battery to charge it.

Putting the SD Card into the Canon Digital Camera on Mount

Putting the SD Card into the Canon Digital Camera on Mount

I have several different areas in the workshop to attach the mount’s tubing.

Click Here for View YouTube Video of Camera Mount

Click Photo to See Video of the 3D-Printed Mount

Click Photo to See Video of the 3D-Printed Mount

The Audio Narration on the Video starts about 1 minute into the Video ~ The first minute of the video shows the SolidWorks 3D-Model.

Nuts & Bolts Fit into Hex Shape Holes for Tightening the Parts

Nuts & Bolts Fit into Hex Shape Holes for Tightening the Parts

 

Once Angle is Set I Don't Have to Move it to Re-Charge Battery

Once Angle is Set I Don’t Have to Move it to Re-Charge Battery

SolidWorks makes it easy to make these parts and convert them into 3D printing .STL files and quickly 3D print on the AFINIA H-480 3D-Printer.

SolidWorks CAD Concept Model of the 3D-Printed Mount

SolidWorks CAD Concept Model of the 3D-Printed Mount

I added the SolidWorks CAD Files & .STL 3D-Printing files to GrabCAD.com

Click Here to View and/or Download the .STL Files on GrabCAD

SolidWorks Files and .STL Files for 3D-Printing are on GrabCAD.com

SolidWorks Files and .STL Files for 3D-Printing are on GrabCAD.com

Upper and Lower 3D-Printed Tubing Mount Items

Upper and Lower 3D-Printed Tubing Mount Items

Here are some images of the Lower Tubing Adjustment Clamp Mount …

Lower 3D-Printed Clamp Mount to Adjust the Thin Tubing Up & Down

Lower 3D-Printed Clamp Mount to Adjust the Thin Tubing Up & Down

Great use for those old Aluminum Curtain Rods that were going in the Trash!

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3D Printed Tripod Camera Mount

3D-Printed Camera Mount for Use on a Smith-Victor RS8 Tripod

3D-Printed Camera Mount for Use on a Smith-Victor RS8 Tripod

This Project is a 3D-Printed Camera Mount for use on a SV-RS8 Light Stand.

~ The 3D-Printing . STL Files can be found at GrabCAD.com  ~

Battery & SD Card Slot in the Bottom of a Canon PowerShot SD1100IS Camera

Battery & SD Card Slot in the Bottom of a Canon PowerShot SD1100IS Camera

I use an older Canon PowerShot SD1100IS to take Time-Lapse Videos of my 3D-Printing projects and wanted to have the ablity to remove/insert the SD Card & Battery without having to remove the Camera from the Tripod.

Using the Old Tripod to Take Photographs of the 3D-Printing Table

Using the Old Tripod to Take Photographs of the 3D-Printing Table

When I use the older Tripod with my small Canon Digital Camera the mount blocks access to the SD Card & Battery on the bottom of the Camera.

The SD Card & Battery are Trapped by the Tripod Mount

The SD Card & Battery are Trapped by the Tripod Mount

Planning on 3D-Printing a modified mount for my old tripod; however, I fixed a Smith-Victor RS8 Aluminum Light Stand for an individual and he has not gotten back to me, so while I have the Tripod decided to make a mount for it …

At $39.95 the SV-RS8 Stand is a Good Price for an 8ft Tripod

At $39.95 the SV-RS8 Stand is a Good Price for an 8ft Tripod

I previously drew the RS8 Stand into SolidWorks, so already had it available for designing a 3D-Printed Tripod mount with access to the SD Card area.

SolidWorks CAD Model for the Smith-Victor RS8 Light Stand

3D-Printed Camera Mount Parts Shown in SolidWorks CAD Software

3D-Printed Camera Mount Parts Shown in SolidWorks CAD Software

Designed the mount to use press-in #6 Nuts & Bolts to hold parts together …

SolidWorks CAD Rendering Showing Different Views of the RS8 Tripod Mount

SolidWorks CAD Rendering Showing Different Views of the RS8 Tripod Mount

When done had a camera mount that can adjust & tighten as needed …

The Finished 3D-Printed Camera Mount on the SV-RS8 Tripod

The Finished 3D-Printed Camera Mount on the SV-RS8 Tripod

The 3D-Printed Camera mount also allows me to open the bottom cover and remove/insert both the SD Card and the Camera’s Battery …

I Can Now Open the Cover for the SD Card & Battery

I Can Now Open the Cover for the SD Card & Battery

Now if the battery gets low and needs charging, or if I wish to pre-view the SD Card images on my computer, I can leave the camera in place …

Can Remove or Install the Battery & SD Card with Camera on Tripod

Can Remove or Install the Battery & SD Card with Camera on Tripod

The mount also works with my SONY camera when recording Hi-Res Video.

Sony Camera for Hi-Res Video Also Fits on the 3D-Printed Camera Mount

Sony Camera for Hi-Res Video Also Fits on the 3D-Printed Camera Mount

The Smith-Victor RS8 Aluminum Light Stand goes up to 8ft tall, but uses much less room on the floor making it easier to work around when filming video …

Easier to Work Around the SV-RS8 Tripod when Recording Video

Easier to Work Around the SV-RS8 Tripod when Recording Video

The 3D-Printed Tripod Camera mount is nothing fancy but works for what I need and the 3D-Printing .STL files can be found on GrabCAD.com

SolidWorks CAD Model for the 3D-Printed Camera Mount

Now the only step left is to order a $40 Smith-Victor RS8 Aluminum Light Stand for myself so I can get this repaired one back to Chris.

Click Here to Review and/or Order the SV-RS8 Online

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3D Printed Hole Measurement Inserts

3D-Printed Threaded Inserts to Measure Center-to-Center Hole Distances

3D-Printed Threaded Inserts to Measure Center-to-Center Hole Distances

As I have mentioned before ~ Sometimes simple items are the most helpful …

Close-Up View of the 3D-Printed Threaded Measurement Hole Inserts

Close-Up View of the 3D-Printed Threaded Measurement Hole Inserts

I use to work inside ships aligning & welding items, and if you have ever been inside a ship you know nothing is straight, level, or easy …

Example of What a Ship's Piping & Inner Metal Structure Might Look Like

Example of What a Ship’s Piping & Inner Metal Structure Might Look Like

Therefore, one needs to be able to mount ‘measurement items‘ in specific places and measure out from those areas to triangulate distances, etc.

Once Ya Know the Distances ~ You Can 'Jethro' Cipher Out Where to Put the Items

Once Ya Know the Distances ~ You Can ‘Jethro’ Cipher Out Where to Put the Items

Several years ago I machined some threaded & magnetic measurement inserts and decide to 3D-Print up several new ones for a current project …

3D-Printed Concept of the Hole Center Threaded Measuring Inserts

3D-Printed Concept of the Hole Center Threaded Measuring Inserts

3D Printing allowed me to design without having to worry about draft angles.

Measurement Inserts Line Up with the Center of the Hole

Measurement Inserts Line Up with the Center of the Hole

The design needed to allow for measuring holes from Center-to-Center …

SolidWorks CAD Software Allows Users to See Transparent Views

SolidWorks CAD Software Allows Users to See Transparent Views

Used several different standard size Machine Bolts as part of the design …

End of Tape Measure Locked into the Center of the Hole Location

End of Tape Measure Locked into the Center of the Hole Location

The Key to the design is one edge is perfectly aligned with the Center of the hole so that when the tape is pulled against that edge it aligns with the center of the hole for measuring Center-to-Center hole measurements.

Edge Lines up with Center of Hole

Edge Lines up with Center of Hole

The Measurement Inserts are also designed so they are exactly 1/2″ from any flat edge to the center of the hole being measured with the Tape …

Can Also Press the End of the Tape to the Side of the Threaded Insert

Can Also Press the End of the Tape to the Side of the Threaded Insert

Many times I will run a guide string to get a visual of where items are going to run through other structures for which I am designing my items to fit within …

There is also a Notch in the Front of the Insert for a Guide String

There is also a Notch in the Front of the Insert for a Guide String

The notch in the side of the insert holds the bottom of the string 1″ up from whatever the 3D-Printed inserts are mounted to …

1/2" Thread Version of the 3D Printed Measurement Inserts

1/2″ Thread Version of the 3D Printed Measurement Inserts

Also created a 1/2″ size version of the Hole Measurement Inserts which allows me to hand-turn in 1/2″x 13TPI All-Thread to secure the inserts to items …

Top and Bottom Views of the 1/2" Threaded Measurement Insert

Top and Bottom Views of the 1/2″ Threaded Measurement Insert

I used two 3D Printed parts and pressed in a 1/2″ Nut inside the unit …

1/2" Threaded Measurement Insert Bolted in the Hole

1/2″ Threaded Measurement Insert Bolted in the Hole

This 1/2″ Nut Version also has a Locking-Screw for the end tab of the Tape …

End of Tape Locked into Center-of-Hole Location

End of Tape Locked into Center-of-Hole Location

My AFINIA H-480 3D-Printer creates very accurate parts allowing the center hole measurement to line up very well with the 3D-printed insert edge ….

3D-Printing Resolution for the AFINIA H-480 is 0.20mm ( 0.0078″ )

Another Measurment Insert on Other End of Tape Showing 15.25"

Another Measurment Insert on Other End of Tape Showing 15.25″

Created a quick ( unedited ) Video talking about how I use these items …

Click on Image to View a VIDEO of the 3D-Printed Hole Measurement Inserts

Click on Image to View a VIDEO of the 3D-Printed Hole Measurement Inserts

I tend to go through a lot tape measures due to welding & dropping, so purchased a few extra of my favorite DeWALT DWHT33373L Tape Measures.

Extra DeWALT 33373 Tape Measures for Future Projects

Extra DeWALT 33373 Tape Measures for Future Projects

The next time I have the camera with me on a job-site, I will take some more photos of these Hole Measurement Inserts being used on a project.

UPDATE:

I was asked for more information about the Aluminum Metal Version …

SolidWorks CAD Software Aluminum Machined Version

SolidWorks CAD Software 1/4″ Machine Screw Aluminum Version

These are the dimensions I used to machined the Aluminum version.
( Started with 1″ Diameter Aluminum Round Stock )

Dimensions Used to Machined the 1/4" Machine Screw Version

Dimensions Used to Machined the 1/4″ Machine Screw Version

Threaded Transfer Screw Sets work great for short distances …

Screw Transfer Set for 1/4"-20TPI Threaded Holes

Screw Transfer Set for 1/4″-20TPI  Threaded Holes

 

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Aluminum Cast Drill Press Knobs

Aluminum Cast Replacement Knobs for the Drill Press

Aluminum Cast Replacement Knobs for the Drill Press

I feel if you have a Metal Lathe, a MIG & TIG Welding Machine, a Milling Machine, and a few friends~ Then many of the rest of one’s Metalworking Shop Tools can be made from scratch.

… I’ll now add a 3D-Printer to the list of those initial tools …

AFINIA 3D-Printer with some Patterns I printed for SuperDave' Project

AFINIA 3D-Printer with some Patterns I printed for SuperDave’ Project

Also ~ One can buy inexpensive and/or used equipment and repair them as new.

I got into designing 3D-Printed Patterns for Metal Casting by helping draw items with Keith Rucker for his Vintage Machinery YouTube Channel.

Keith Rucker Showing some of the Smaller 3D-Patterns I drew for him

We also made 3DP patterns for the 100 year old Vulcan Steam Engine Boiler.

Casting Made from 3D-Printed Split Patterns I drew for Keith Rucker

Put 1917 – 2017 for the 100 Year Anniversary of the Steam Engine Boiler …

3D-Printed Patterns for the 100 Year Old Vulcan Boiler Steam Engine

SolidWorks allows us to ‘Scale-Up’ the Patterns to account for the shrink that happens when the molten metal cools in the sand molds …

SolidWorks Clean Out Cover 3D-Printed Casting Pattern draw with SolidWorks

After the Hand Hole Cover pattern was Cast NY CNC Machined the Part …

Below you can see the price to have the Pattern cast out of Cast Iron …

Machined Hand Hole Cover for 100 Year Old Vulcan Steam Engine

A gasket was added to the part before instillation on the Steam Engine …

Gasket test fit on Hand Hole Cover after machining by NYC CNC

Casting Aluminum Drill Press Knobs

Everything on this website is Just-for-Fun; therefore, the cost and process of these projects may not be the most logical because the point is to experience something new and have some fun doing it … WHOO HOO!!

3 Broken Plastic Knobs on My Inexpensive Drill Press

3 Broken Plastic Knobs on My Inexpensive Drill Press

After re-machining and a few simple upgrades, I now really like my 16 Speed Floor Harbor-Freight Drill Press.

The only issues left to fix on it are a damaged top pulley cover latch and the three broken plastic handle knobs.

Close-Up of Broken Plastic Knob Off My Drill Press

Close-Up of the Broken Plastic Knob Off My Drill Press

Over time all 3 of the plastic knobs have cracked and do not tighten on the threaded handles, so I decided to make a 3D-Printed pattern for new  knobs …

SolidWorks CAD Model of the Split-Pattern for the Replacement Knobs

SolidWorks CAD Model of the Split-Pattern for the Replacement Knobs

No special reason for the unusual shape … Just having fun!!  😜

Unusual Shape for the Replacement Drill-Press Aluminum Knobs

Unusual Shape for the Replacement Drill-Press Aluminum Knobs

Once I had a design, then created the Split-Pattern’s .STL files & 3D-Printed …

Knob Split-Pattern .STL File Opened in AFINIA's 3D-Printing Software

Knob Split-Pattern .STL File Opened in AFINIA’s 3D-Printing Software

At the same time, I made several 3D-Printed patterns for the amazing SuperDave and he said he would also cast my drill press knobs …

3D-Printed Patterns Created for Aluminum Metal Casting

3D-Printed Patterns Created for Aluminum Metal Casting

Mailed the 3D-Printed patterns over to SuperDave for him to cast …

SuperDave’s Metal Casting Sand Flask Mold to Pour in Aluminum

SuperDave was nice enough to send some photos of the casting process …

Close-Up of the Knob's Shape in a Sand Mold

Close-Up of the Knob’s Shape in a Sand Mold

Didn’t sand the knob pattern’s notches because did not mind them rough …

Finished Metal Casting of Knob by SuperDave

Finished Metal Casting of Knob by SuperDave

A few days later SuperDave mailed the Aluminum castings back to me …

He left some as they came out of the sand, so I could see how they were cast.

Group of Metal Casting SuperDave Sent to Me from 3D-Printed Patterns

Group of Metal Castings SuperDave Sent to Me made from 3D-Printed Patterns

Next step was to clean up the Replacement Aluminum Knob castings …

Cleaning the Aluminum Drill Press Replacement Knob Castings

Cleaning the Aluminum Drill Press Replacement Knob Castings

Didn’t buff them too much, just enough to make sure no sharp areas …

Ground and Lightly Buffed the Knobs Sharp Areas

Ground and Lightly Buffed the Knobs Sharp Areas

Clamped down a Hand-Held Mini Belt Sander to help with the clean-up …

Hand Held Mini Belt Sander for Grinding Off Castings

Hand Held Mini Belt Sander for Grinding Off Castings

After the quick clean-up ~ Tapped metric threads into the Aluminum Knobs …

Using a Metric M10 x 1.5 Tap to Add Threads to the Aluminum Knob

Using a Metric M10 x 1.5 Tap to Add Threads to the Aluminum Knob

Once done … Screwed on the Replacement Aluminum Cast Knobs ~ Yay!!

New Aluminum Cast Replacement Knobs on the Drill Press

New Aluminum Cast Replacement Knobs on the Drill Press

I could have purchased new knobs and quickly put them on the Drill-Press …

But … 3D-Printing the Patterns & Aluminum Casting Knobs made it fun!!  😎

Another View of the Old Drill-Press with New Aluminum Knobs

Another View of the Old Drill-Press with New Aluminum Knobs

UPDATE …

At the beginning of this post you can see there is another knob pattern …

3D-Printed Patterns for a 'HURST' Type Shift Knob

3D-Printed Patterns for a ‘HURST’ Type Shift Knob

This is a Shift Knob for my 1999 Jeep … Also made an additional version of the pattern with lettering on it for SuperDave to cast for his projects …

One Half of the 'Hurst' Type Shift Knob on the 3D Printer

One Half of the ‘Hurst’ Type Shift Knob on the 3D Printer

SolidWorks CAD Software allowed me to add a ‘Draft Angle’ to the lettering to make it easier to pull the pattern out of the sand and cast the letters …

Adding Lettering to the Pattern with a 'Draft Angle' to Pull Out of the Sand

Adding Lettering to the Pattern with a ‘Draft Angle’ to Pull Out of the Sand

I based the metal casting patterns off of the old ‘Hurst’ Type Shift Knob …

Jeep Shift Knob Pattern BEFORE and AFTER Buffing

Jeep Shift Knob Pattern BEFORE and AFTER Buffing

Additional Views of the Hurst Type Shift Knob for the Jeep

Additional Views of the Hurst Type Shift Knob for the Jeep

Had to Leave a Few Scratches on the Jeep Knob ~ It's a Jeep Rule :-)

Had to Leave a Few Scratches on the Jeep Knob ~ It’s a Jeep Rule  🙂

I didn’t buff the Shift Knob too much ~ Cause it’s for a JEEP!!!

Once Again ~ Thank You SuperDave!!

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3D-Printed Patterns I made for Keith Rucker ( Vintage Machinery Museum )

KEITH RUCKER YouTube Channel

3D-Printed Split Pattern for Before Being Printed

Click to View More info about ‘Hand Scraping’ metal surfaces :
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hand_scraper

3D-Printed the Pattern parts in sections and then glued together

3D-Printed Casting Patterns allow for easy design & size changes …

Short Version of the 3D-Printed Metal Casting Pattern

3D-Printed patterns can be % scaled up in CAD to account for metal shrinkage.

Painted 3D-Printed Metal Casting Split Patterns

Very little has to be done to the 3D-Printed patterns before casting … Just a little sanding in tight areas and then spray paint with a satin finish.

Photo from Keith Rucker after he had the Patterns cast out of Cast Iron

Keith took the time to scrap flat one of the 9″ long Camelback Straight Edges and send it to me after he had them cast … THANK YOU, KEITH!!

Finished Camelback Straight Edge Keith Sent to me after Metal Scraping Flat

These smaller Camelback Straight Edges are for the areas where the larger straight edges don’t fit when hand scraping in flat surfaces on equipment.

Bottom View of Camelback Straight Edge showing the Scraping Jeweled Finish

Keith & Richard have these for Sale  ~  Also provide Metal Scraping Classes.
( Several different sizes :  6″, 9″, and 12″ )

Keith Rucker’s Video – Scraping a Camelback Straight Edge Flat

Below are some additional 3D-Printed patterns I drew up for Keith Rucker …

Vulcan Locomotive Exhaust Nozzle and the 3D-Printed Pattern

 

SolidWorks View of the Cane Mill Bearing Pattern & Sand Core Box

 

Cane Mill Bronze Casting and the 3D-Printed Pattern

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Casting Metal with 3D Printed Patterns

Click on image to View a High-Res SolidWorks Rendering of Workshop Vises

Click on image to View a High-Res SolidWorks Rendering of Workshop Vises

A little history of how this project started …

Click on Any of the Titles on the Side of Web-Page to View other Projects

Since this project I have done many other 3D-Printing Projects …

Aluminum Vise Metal Casting made from 3D-Printed Patterns

Aluminum Vise Metal Casting made from 3D-Printed Patterns

Below is an image you can click on for a larger view of the Finished Aluminum Vise with 3D-Printed Jaws that I have mounted to my inside workshop table …

Completed Aluminum Vise made with SolidWorks ~ 3D-Printing & Metal Casting

In June of 2014, Tom Lipton sent me a couple older workshop vises to draw using SolidWorks CAD Software for the purpose of creating a 3D-Model to brainstorm out a design for 3D-printing metal casting patterns for the vises.

Measuring the Old Vises Tom Sent to Me in 2014

Measuring the Old Vises Tom Sent to Me in 2014

Creating 3D-Printed metal casting patterns was new to me back then, so I went into this project somewhat blind not knowing how it would turn out …

Below are the SW2014 original designs opened in the newer SW2016.

The Original 'Simplistic' 3D-Printed Pattern Concepts for the Boley Vise

The Original ‘Simplistic’ 3D-Printed Pattern Concepts for the Boley Vise

I got busy on other projects but did send the SolidWorks files to Tom, and I haven’t had time to keep up on his YouTube Videos, so don’t know if he has made any patterns with the CAD files I sent to him in 2014?

I’m sure Mr. Lipton will come up with something very cool & interesting! 😎
He ALWAYS does very  interesting projects!!

SolidWorks Rendering of some 3D-Printed items designed with Tom Lipton

SolidWorks Rendering of some 3D-Printed items designed with Tom Lipton

Also in the summer of 2014, I worked with Keith Rucker to make several Brass casting designs using 3D-Printed patterns for one of his ‘Vintage Machinery’ YouTube Channel projects …

Locomotive Drain Cock: Pattern Making with a 3-D Printer

ALSO ~ 3D-Printed Patterns to Cast Aluminum Drill Press Knobs

3D-Printed Test Parts for Keith Rucker's Projects

3D-Printed Test Parts for Keith Rucker’s Projects

Fast forward to Summer 2015, when my friend SuperDave and I started talking about designing some 3D-Printed Patterns which he would cast using the foundry furnace he designed and built …

I remembered making the 2014 ‘simplistic’ pattern design for the Boley-Vise and suggested we use it as a test pattern to just to see how it would pull out of the casting sand …

CAD Concept for the Boley Vise Body 3D-Printed Pattern

CAD Concept for the Boley Vise Body 3D-Printed Pattern

The test pattern didn’t have all the vise features on it, but was ready to go, so I decided to 3D-Print it and send the pattern to SuperDave to ‘test cast’ out of Aluminum and possibly Cast Iron  …

CAD Concept for the Boley Vise Slide 3D-Printed Pattern

CAD Concept for the Boley Vise Slide 3D-Printed Pattern

I added male & female notches to the pattern for connecting extra features such as a ‘well’ to pour in the molten metal …

AFINIA 3D Printing Software Showing the Vise Split Casting Pattern

AFINIA 3D Printing Software Showing the Vise Split Casting Pattern

Long Story Short ~ I Printed Up the Vise Patterns to Test

3D-Printing is not fast; however, you do not have to watch the printer for the many hours it takes to 3D-print items … So you can go out and work on other items in the shop feeling like you’re getting twice the work done 😄

3D-Printed Metal Casting 'Sand Mold' Patterns

3D-Printed Metal Casting ‘Sand Mold’ Patterns

Different metals shrink at different percentages while they are cooling after being molten; therefore, we drew the patterns in SolidWorks CAD Software and then used the ‘Centroid’ Scale feature to enlarge the patterns to account for the shrinkage of whatever metal SuperDave was going to cast them out of …

Which works very well to create accurate dimension final castings.

Used SolidWorks' SCALE Feature to Enlarge Patterns to Account for Shrinkage

Used SolidWorks’ SCALE Feature to Enlarge Patterns to Account for Shrinkage

In addition, SuperDave found an article from an old machining magazine with design & part dimensions we could draw using SolidWorks to create 3D-Printed patterns for a ‘Slotting Tool’ attachment for metal lathes …

SolidWorks Concept of Lathe Slotting Tool

SolidWorks Concept of Modified Slotting Tool for My Lathe

Each Metal Lathe model is different, thus requiring different dimensions and metal casting shapes  …

SolidWorks Concept for a Different 'Slotting Tool' Design

SolidWorks Concept for a Different ‘Slotting Tool’ Design

Made a Quick Video to Show the Moving Parts in a SolidWorks Assembly …

Click on this image to View a Short Video of the SolidWorks Assembly

Click on this image to View a Short Video of the SolidWorks Assembly

I had an additional optional use for the ‘Slotting Tool’ on my Metal Lathe …

3D-Printed Split-Patterns to Create My Modified Lathe Slotter Version

3D-Printed ‘Split-Pattern’ to Create My Modified Slotter Version

Therefore, I created a SolidWorks version of the Slotter casting I wished to have for my metal lathe, while SuperDave designed a different version for his lathe ~ Then he emailed to me the SolidWorks design files to print.

3D-Printed Split-Patterns to Create SuperDave's Slotter Design

3D-Printed Split-Patterns to Create SuperDave’s Slotter Design

Once we had the final Split-Pattern designs, I converted the SolidWorks files to .STL files, and 3D-Printed them on my AFINIA 3D printer …

3D-Printing SuperDave's Version of the Lathe Slotting Tool

3D-Printing SuperDave’s Version of the Lathe Slotting Tool

The test patterns we made are not a true representation of the original old German Boley-Vise, but they should create a hybrid vise which can be machined into a nice workshop tool 😊

3D-Printed Runners & Gates for Metal Casting

3D-Printed Runners & Gates for Metal Casting

SuperDave came up with the idea to create multi-use 3D-Printed ‘runners’ and ‘gates’ to create channels for the molten metal to run into the hollow ‘Sand Mold’ patterns …

Different Size Notched Metal Casting Runners

Different Size Notched Metal Casting Runners

So I created several different shapes with a common notched connection size whereby and ‘runners’ can be connected in different channel patterns …

Just goofing around on the carpet, found 0ne can make lots of interesting shapes with the notched runners 😜

Just for Fun Notched Together all the 3D-Printed Runners

Just for Fun Notched Together all the 3D-Printed Runners

Sent all the 3D-Printed Test items over to SuperDave & Shop-Monster …

SuperDave & Shop Monster

SuperDave & Shop Monster

SuperDave has a Metal Melting Foundry Furnace he created, and if you watch Keith Rucker’s ‘Vintage Machinery’ YouTube Channel, you already know that Keith based the design of some of the furnace parts he is making off of SuperDave’s Design.

Keith Ruckers 'Vintage Machinery' YouTube Channel

Keith Ruckers ‘Vintage Machinery’ YouTube Channel

Keith and I have been updating the CAD designs for his Oil Fired Foundry Furnace as his project progresses, and when done, I will use the SolidWorks CAD designs to create a set of PDF drawings which Keith can give to his viewers which will show the build dimensions & parts list.

Hinge Concept I Fabricated for Keith Rucker's Foundry Furnace

Hinge Concept I Fabricated for Keith Rucker’s Foundry Furnace

I’ve helped weld up a few parts for Keith’s Foundry Furnace; but mostly I’m following his project videos on YouTube, so that when he is done I can use his designs & SuperDave’s designs to build my own Foundry Furnace in the future.

SolidWorks Design for Foundry Furnace Keith Rucker is Building

SolidWorks Design for Foundry Furnace Keith Rucker is Building

Below are photos SuperDave sent to me of the Metal Casting Process ~ Cool!!

Thank You Sir!!!

Melting Scrap Metal in SuperDave's Metal Casting Furnace

Melting Scrap Metal in SuperDave’s Metal Casting Furnace

Prior to heating up the furnace he creates the Sand Molds

The casting sand is called ‘Green Sand‘ and the box the green sand is placed inside to go around the patterns is called a ‘Flask‘.

3D-Printed Half-Pattern is Placed Inside Sand Mold Casting Flask

3D-Printed Half-Pattern is Placed Inside Sand Mold Casting Flask

The process of pressing sand around the patterns is called ‘Ramming’ …

Click Here for Information about Sand Casting Metal

1st Half of the Flask Turned Over After Ramming

1st Half of the Flask Turned Over After Ramming

The patterns are split so you can press sand tightly around one half of the ‘Sand Mold’ pattern inside the flask … and then flip it over … and then align the second half of the pattern … and then press ‘ram’ sand tightly around it …

The 2nd Half of the Patterns is Now Used

The 2nd Half of the Patterns is Now Used

The patterns are aligned using alignment dowels and holes …

If you click on the images you will see a larger view which will allow you to see how the different 3D-Printed parts are connected with the notched areas …

This images shows the Alignment Holes & Alignment Dowels

This images shows the Alignment Holes & Alignment Dowels

Once the Sand is pressed tight around the 3D-Printed patterns … then the flask halves are separated and the patterns carefully removed …

Then the flask halves are connected back together creating the full hollow pattern area to pour in the molten metal.

2nd Half of the Split Patterns is Placed onto the 1st Half of the Patterns

2nd Half of the Split Patterns is Placed onto the 1st Half of the Patterns

Nice thing about these 3D-Printed patterns is they also produce extra parts I am going to machine on the lathe to create ‘Watering Manifolds’ for the backyard garden …

Extra Aluminum Cast Parts that Will be Machined to Make Water Manifolds

Extra Aluminum Cast Parts that Will be Machined to Make Water Manifolds

Additional ‘gates’ and ‘runners’ are carved into the sand to create channels for the molten metal to run and vents for gases and excess metal to expand …

Reverse Image Hollow Area in Sand Created with the CTM Slotter Pattern

Reverse Image Hollow Area in Sand Created with the CTM Slotter Pattern

The molten metal fills the hollow areas in the shape of the patterns … and when the metal cools you have castings …

A Core Placed in the Sand Mold to Create a Hollow Area in the Casting

A Core Placed in the Sand Mold to Create a Hollow Area in the Casting

On some parts ‘Cores’ are added to create hollow areas in the Castings …

Experimented Using Carbon Rods for Pattern Cores
(Including Air Carbon Arc Gouging Rods)
SuperDave’s Idea!!

Foundry Furnace Heated Up with Molten Metal Inside the Crucible

Foundry Furnace Heated Up with Molten Metal Inside the Crucible

The metal is melted in a Ceramic Pot called a ‘Crucible’ …

Closer View Inside the Foundry Furnace Heated to 1200 degrees F.

Closer View Inside the Foundry Furnace Heated to 1200 degrees F.

Once the Aluminum has melted at about 1200° F ~  It is poured into one or more riser holes in the top of the sand Flask until it comes out of the other risers …

Aluminum Cooling in Flask After Being Poured in Molten at 1200° F.

Aluminum Cooling in Flask After Being Poured in Molten at 1200° F.

The risers have an additional benefit of adding extra metal weight to press down on the molten Metal to better fill the hollow pattern areas in the sand molds.

View of Casting After Being Removed from Sand and Cleaned Off

View of Casting After Being Removed from Sand and Cleaned Off

Once the metal cools, the castings are removed from the sand and cleaned …

Shop-Monster Supervising the Metal Casting Process from a Distance

Shop-Monster Supervising the Metal Casting Process from a Distance

Below area several views of the Aluminum ‘CTM’ version Slotter Aluminum Casting:

CTM Slotter Casting Side-View

CTM Slotter Casting Side-View

Metal Castings lessen the time to machine the metal to create a specific part …

CTM Lathe Slotter Tool Top-View

CTM Lathe Slotter Tool Top-View

Any areas you don’t want to have a rough finish can quickly be smoothed with a grinder or belt sander …

CTM Lathe Slotter Tool Bottom-View

CTM Lathe Slotter Tool Bottom-View

On many cast parts, areas are left rough so they are not slippy when used as tools and/or some areas are machined flat & smooth to fit up with other parts …

CTM Lathe Slotter Tool End-View Showing the Hollow Core Area

CTM Lathe Slotter Tool End-View Showing the Hollow Core Area

If ‘Sand’ or ‘Carbon Rod’ Cores were used they can easily be cleaned out …

CTM Lathe Slotter Tool Front-View

CTM Lathe Slotter Tool Front-View

I’m actually not going to use this casting to create a slotter; instead, it will be a 1-Bolt ‘Quick-Connect’ attachment for my metal lathe to quickly knurl grooves inside Delrin parts that will have other parts pressed into them …

I’ll show a Video of how it works in a future posting on this website 😄

Cast Iron Test Version of the CTM Slotter Pattern

Cast Iron Test Version of the CTM Slotter Pattern

Much to my surprise SuperDave Cast all the Patterns in different metals!!
Cast Iron, Aluminum, and Brass 😀

Metal Castings SuperDave made using Cast Iron, Aluminum, and Brass

Metal Castings SuperDave made using Cast Iron, Aluminum, and Brass

Even ‘Turtlebutt‘ ( The Amazing Adopted Desert Tortoise ) got in on the action inspecting SuperDave’s metal castings made from 3D-Printed patterns 😜

Turtlebutt Reviewing the Metal Castings made from 3D-Printed Patterns

Turtlebutt Reviewing the Metal Castings made from 3D-Printed Patterns

This was a collaborative effort between Las Vegas and Oklahoma, with most of the credit going to SuperDave’s metal casting ideas & abilities …

So I want to thank SuperDave for all his patience working together to design the 3D-Printed patterns into something he could cast out of metal.
https://www.youtube.com/user/SUPERDAVE257/videos

WELL DONE & THANK YOU SUPERDAVE!!
( and Shop-Monster for Supervising )

Shop-Monster After a Long Day of Supervising Metal Casting

Shop-Monster After a Long Day of Supervising Metal Casting

In several future postings, as time allows, I’ll show the finished Machined items created from these metal castings!

A Partially Machined Aluminum Casting of the Vice I Will Be Finishing Later

A Partially Machined Aluminum Casting of the Vice I Will Be Finishing Later

… and a few more projects SuperDave and I are working on 😄

Cast Iron Version of the 'Modified' Old German Boley Vise

Cast Iron Version of the ‘Modified’ Old German Boley Vise

UPDATE:

Aluminum Vise Slide Mounted on the Milling Machine Bed

Aluminum Vise Slide Mounted on the Milling Machine Bed

Made an Aluminum Mounting Block to help machine the small workshop vises.

SolidWorks Screen-Capture image of My Milling Machine Set-Up

SolidWorks Screen-Capture image of My Milling Machine Set-Up

Have the Mill’s Clamp-Down mounting items drawn into SolidWorks so I can test mounting set-ups for parts when traveling and not at home …

Clamp-Down Kit CAD Files can be Found on GrabCAD.com

Clamp-Down Kit CAD Files can be Found on GrabCAD.com

The CAD files can be found on GrabCAD.com    Click to View Clamp Kit

Threading the Aluminum Mounting Block to Match Vise Set-ups

Threading the Aluminum Mounting Block to Match Vise Set-ups

The Harbor Freight Tools  T-Handle Tap Ratcheting Wrench works great!!

Works with Taps from 1/4″ up to 5/8″  ( Item Number: 97633 )

T-Handle Tap Ratcheting Wrench for 1/4" to 5/8" Taps

T-Handle Tap Ratcheting Wrench for 1/4″ to 5/8″ Taps

The Mill makes Tapping the Small Threads much easier …

Tapping Small #6 x 32 TPI is Much More Stable When Done on the Lathe

Tapping Small #6 x 32 TPI is Much More Stable When Done on the Lathe

The blu-DRO has made this project much more fun to machine!!  Thanks Al!!

Click Here for More info about the blu-DRO

The blu-DRO Digital Readout has been Very Helpful

The blu-DRO Digital Readout has been Very Helpful

Since I have several vises in different materials this Aluminum Block of metal can be turned in different ways to hold the vise parts for machining …

Cutting out the Center Area before Cutting the Dovetail Grooves in Vise

Cutting out the Center Area before Cutting the Dovetail Grooves in Vise

Lots of different steps to cut dovetails & bore holes in the vise castings …

Drilling the Center Hole in the Small Aluminum Vice

Drilling the Center Hole in the Small Aluminum Vice

Here are a few photos machining the Aluminum version of the Small Vice …

Close-Up View of the Aluminum Vise on the Milling Mount Block

Close-Up View of the Aluminum Vise on the Milling Mount Block

I’ll add on more photos later as I have time to work on the different vises …

Another View of Vice Being Drilled on the Milling Machine

Another View of Vice Being Drilled on the Milling Machine

UPDATE …

Aluminum Vise Body with Extra Jaw Mounting Holes on the Top

Aluminum Vise Body with Extra Jaw Mounting Holes on the Top

Took some time to make a few additional steel parts for the Aluminum vise …

Steel Vise Parts Before TIG Welding them Together

Steel Vise Parts Before TIG Welding them Together

Used scrap metal had in the Shop to make the steel vise parts …

Another View of the Steel Vise Part Prior to Being TIG Welding Together

Another View of the Steel Vise Part Prior to Being TIG Welding Together

First cut some of the parts on the Metal Lathe …

Finished Steel Parts After Being Machined with the Metal Lathe

Finished Steel Parts After Being Machined with the Metal Lathe

After TIG Welding the steel parts together I re-cut them again in the lathe …

Image Showing How the Two Steel Vise Parts Fit Together

Image Showing How the Two Steel Vise Parts Fit Together

Decided to use 1/4″ x 20 TPI All-Thread as the handle rod for the vise …

Made a Threaded Vise Handle Out of All-Thread

Made a Threaded Vise Handle Out of All-Thread

Nuts on the Vise Handel allow it to be removed or locked in the center position to make it easier to spin with just one finger while tightening jaws …

Nuts Allow the Handle to be Locked in the Center Position

Nuts Allow the Handle to be Locked in the Center Position

Once done with the vise parts, I may sand and shine up the vise body and then make several different types of Vise Jaws to attach to vise …

3D-Printed a Set of Plastic Soft Jaws for Delicate Parts

3D-Printed a Set of Plastic Soft Jaws for Delicate Parts

UPDATE :

3D-Printed a set of Plastic ‘Soft-Jaws’ … 

Plastic Soft-Jaws will not Scratch or Crush Parts Held in the Vise

Plastic Soft-Jaws will not Scratch or Crush Parts Held in the Vise

Next set of Soft-Jaws for this vise I will be making out of Copper.

Tried to Keep the Bottom Mount Area Simple to Attach with 1/4" Bolts

Tried to Keep the Bottom Mount Area Simple to Attach with 1/4″ Bolts

Decided not to shine up the Aluminum because I like the Weathered look.

Link ~ 3D-Printed Patterns used to Cast Drill Press Handles

… CHEERS!!!

 

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Digital Angle Marker for Pipe

3D-Printed Holder for a Digital Angle Guide for Marking Pipe

3D-Printed Holder for a Digital Angle Guide for Marking Pipe

Below is a Photo of the Final ‘Magnetic’ Pipe Mount Version …

Final Version with a Steel Plate to Allow Magnetic Mounting

Final Version with a Steel Plate to Allow Magnetic Mounting

For over 25 years I have used the ‘Bubble’ Type Angle Pipe Markers …

CURV-O-MARK Angle Pipe Punch

CURV-O-MARK Angle Pipe Punch

They work great; however, I wanted to be able to use a more accurate marker.

View of How the CURV-O-MARK fits on a Pipe

View of How the CURV-O-MARK fits on a Pipe

About a year ago I purchased an AccuRemote ‘Digital’ Angle Gauge …

AccuRemote Digital Electronic Magnetic Angle Gage Level / Protractor / Bevel Gauge

AccuRemote Digital Electronic Magnetic Angle Level

Found it to be very accurate and decided to find a way to use it on pipe …

SolidWorks CAD Screen-Captured Image of the 3D-Printed Holder

SolidWorks CAD Screen-Captured Image of the 3D-Printed Holder

Had a project in the shop whereby I needed to mark some holes along a pipe and decided to design a ‘Pipe Holder’ concept in SolidWorks CAD Software …

2nd Version of 3D-Printed a Holder with Tie-Down Areas for Flexible Velcro

2nd Version of 3D-Printed a Holder with Tie-Down Areas for Flexible Velcro

Later added Strap Tie-Down areas for Flexible Velcro to hold it onto the pipe.

The 3D-Printing .STL files can be found on GrabCAD.com at:
Files to Print the Digital Angle Gauge Pipe Mount

SolidWorks CAD Software Concept of the Punch and Holder

SolidWorks CAD Software Concept of the Punch and Holder

Made a punch guide attachment for the holder …

SolidWorks CAD Software Concept of a Sharpie Pen in the Holder

SolidWorks CAD Software Concept of a Sharpie Pen in the Holder

Also made a slide attachment to hold a Sharpie Marking Pen …

SolidWorks Rendering of the Punch on a Pipe

SolidWorks Rendering of the Punch on a Pipe

Sometimes I don’t want to make punch marks in the pipe, so I will use the Sharpie Marker to create small very accurate dot markings …

SolidWorks Rendering of a Sharpie Pen on a Pipe

SolidWorks Rendering of a Sharpie Pen on a Pipe

Once the design was finished, I 3D-Printed the holder & attachments …

Digital Angle Unit Holder Shown in AFINIA 3D-Printing Software

Digital Angle Unit Holder Shown in AFINIA 3D-Printing Software

I made the fit-ups very tight to keep the punch slide motion accurate …

Parts for the 'Digital' Angle Marker for Use on Pipe

Parts for the ‘Digital’ Angle Marker for Use on Pipe

Screwed on a tension place to keep the AccuRemote tight in the holder …

Testing the AccuRemote Digital Angle Gauge in the 3D-Printed Holder

Testing the AccuRemote Digital Angle Gauge in the 3D-Printed Holder

After a few very tight up & down slides it smoothed out to slide quite easy …

Testing the Metal Punch Fit-Up in the 3D-Printed Holder

Testing the Metal Punch Fit-Up in the 3D-Printed Holder

Once the punch fit-up was done I started on the Sharpie Marker fit-up …

Another View of the Punch Setup on the 3D-Printed Holder

Another View of the Punch Setup on the 3D-Printed Holder

I had to 3D-print two trials to get the correct Sharpie Pen slide Fit-Up …

Testing the Fit-Up of a Sharpie Marking Pen in the 3D-Printed Holder

Testing the Fit-Up of a Sharpie Marking Pen in the 3D-Printed Holder

Next step was to test the ‘AccuRemote’ Holder on a Pipe …

Aligning a Zero Angle on a Pipe

Aligning a Zero Angle on a Pipe

It worked great … I was able to set a Zero-Angle and press a dot on the pipe …

Pressing down the Sharpie Pen to Mark a Small Dot on the Pipe

Pressing down the Sharpie Pen to Mark a Small Dot on the Pipe

Below is image showing how small & accurate a dot can be placed on a pipe …

View Showing the Very Small and Accurate Dot on the Pipe

View Showing the Very Small and Accurate Dot on the Pipe

The ‘AccuRemote’ Digital Level Unit can easily be pulled out while holding the rest of the marking unit steady and a punch can be tapped with a hammer …

View Showing How a Punch Mark can be Made on the Top of the Pipe

View Showing How a Punch Mark can be Made on the Top of the Pipe

This unit worked great for what I needed in the Workshop ~ Success!! *grin*

Designed a New Version with a Steel Plate Press-in for use with Magnets

Designed a New Version with a Steel Plate Press-in for use with Magnets

I am going to print an additional ‘Future Version’ out of a different color of filament that will have tie-down areas on it; then, I can use it in the field with flexible Velcro so it won’t fall off the pipe into the dirt.

Used Mending Plates You Can Buy at Home Depot for Steel Push in Plate

Used Mending Plates You Can Buy at Home Depot for Steel Push in Plate

Final Version has a Steel Plate added to allow for Magnetic Mounting …

Final Pipe Mount with Steel Plate for Magnetic Mounting of AccuRemote

Final Pipe Mount with Steel Plate for Magnetic Mounting of AccuRemote

Updated the .STL files on GrabCAD.com with the Final Version …

All Steel Version of the Digital Angle Level Mount

All Steel Version of the Digital Angle Level Mount

The AccuRemote Digital Angle Gauge has bottom magnetic mounts, so I also designed a metal version using a piece of 2.5″ Angle Steel & 2″ Flat-bar Steel, which I will post photographs of when I have finished making it.

… CHEERS!!

UPDATE ~ More Photos!!  😜

3D-Printed the Updated Version using Black PLA Filament

3D-Printed the Updated Version using Black PLA Filament

Received some Black PLA 3D-Printed Filament from AFINIA 3D today …

Updated Version Finished 3D-Printing on AFINIA 3D-Printer

Updated Version Finished 3D-Printing on AFINIA 3D-Printer

3D-Printed an Updated Version of the Digital Level Holder with Tie-Down Straps areas to attach Flexible Velcro to hold the Unit to a pipe …

New Version with Tie-Down areas for Flexible Velcro Straps

New Version with Tie-Down areas for Flexible Velcro Straps

Also added Tie-Down Strap Locations on the top of the mount …

Digital Level Fits Well in the Updated 3D-Printed Version

Digital Level Fits Well in the Updated 3D-Printed Version

The AccuRemote Digital Level fits tight enough that I can turn it upside-down, so I may not need the flexible Velcro to hold the Digital Level in place.

The Fit-up is Tight Enough to Hold the Unit Upside-Down

The Fit-up is Tight Enough to Hold the Unit Upside-Down

Took the parts out to my welding table for a quick test on a piece of pipe …

Testing the New Parts on My Welding Table

Testing the New Parts on My Welding Table

Founds some 3/4″ wide Velcro, but think I will buy some 1″ wide Velcro …

Flexible Velcro Straps hold the 3D-Printed Holder to the Pipe

Flexible Velcro Straps hold the 3D-Printed Holder to the Pipe

Below are a few example photos showing the Unit on a short piece of pipe …

Testing the Punch on a Short Piece of Pipe

Testing the Punch on a Short Piece of Pipe

I didn’t bother with the Velcro for now … I know it will work …

Testing the Sharpie Marker on the Updated Holder Version

Testing the Sharpie Marker on the Updated Holder Version

The Digital Level fits tight but easily pulls out if I wish to use the punch …

Testing the Punch on a Short Piece of Pipe

Testing the Punch on a Short Piece of Pipe

On soft plastic pipe, I can press and turn the punch to to create a mark …

Back-View of the Punch on the Updated Digital Level Holder

Back-View of the Punch on the Updated Digital Level Holder

Many times I wish to make dots with a Sharpie Marker first to test fit-ups …

Showing a Zero-Angle on the Digital Level

Showing a Zero-Angle on the Digital Level

Created additional holder Guide Mounts for large & small diameter pipes …

Print Preview of Holder & Parts as Shown in AFINIA 3D-Printing Software

Print Preview of Holder & Parts as Shown in AFINIA 3D-Printing Software

3D-Printed & tested the Guide Mounts for different size Sharpie pens …

3D-Printed Additional Guild Mounts for Extra Fine Tip Sharpie Pens

3D-Printed Additional Guild Mounts for Extra Fine Tip Sharpie Pens

The value of this unit will be for its use on long lengths of pipe, as-well-as for measuring holes/pipes coming off the side and specific angle.

Marking Another Zero-Angle Point on Other End of the Pipe

Marking Another Zero-Angle Point on Other End of the Pipe

Ended up making a Final Version that Uses the Magnets to hold Mount …

3D-Printing the Final Version out of Green Filament

3D-Printing the Final Version out of Green Filament

Video Link to a YouTube Video Showing the Final Version :

Click on Image to View YouTube Video of the Final Version

Click on Image to View YouTube Video of the Final Version

Using the AccuRemote ‘Digital’ Angle Gauge in combination with other Digital Tools should make for some very accurate & interesting pipe welding projects …

Digital Torpedo Level

Digital Torpedo Level

Got it covered … No matter which direction & angle the pipes need to go!

 

Digital Sliding T-Bevel Gauge

Digital Sliding T-Bevel Gauge

Well… That’s it … Nothing Fancy but it should work for what I need.

The 3D-Printing .STL files can be found on GrabCAD.com at:
Files to Print the Digital Angle Gauge Pipe Mount

…CHEERS!!

 

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3D-Printer Filament Weight Test

Filament Leftover After the Test

Filament Leftover After the Test

This post is the result of slightly goofing off & experimenting on a Saturday …

3D-Printing a Metal Casting Sand Mold Pattern

3D-Printing a Metal Casting Sand Mold Pattern

I was 3D-Printing a large metal casting pattern for my friend SuperDave and wondered if I would have enough filament on the spool for the remaining parts …

Of course, AFINIA 3D software has a way to stop a print and replace the filament and then continue printing … but sometimes ya just want to use up the last few wraps of filament on a roll and not have to watch the rest of the print.

3D-Printing a Part to Test How Many Wraps of Filament are Required

3D-Printing a Part to Test How Many Wraps of Filament are Required

Got me thinking about all the ABS & PLA filament spools I end up saving with just a few wraps of filament left on the spools … What could I print with them??

This led me to thinking of how it would be nice to know how much I could print if I knew the number of ‘final row’ wraps on a Filament Spool.

Test Part Created with SolidWorks CAD Software

Test Part Created with SolidWorks CAD Software

So I picked the smallest part left to do and decided to try a test …

This part was drawn by SuperDave for one of his metal casting projects …

3D-Printed Split-Patterns with the Aluminum Metal Castings

3D-Printed Split-Patterns with the Aluminum Metal Castings

David and I collaborate on SolidWorks projects whereby I will draw parts I need, and he will draw parts he needs, and if needed I will add features to items …

In this case, I added a few dowel alignment holes before scaling up the part to allow for metal cooling shrinkage after casting.

Then SuperDave will create Sand Molds and pour in molten Aluminum …

AFINIA 3D-Printing Software Showing the Predicted Filament Weight of 14.4 grams

AFINIA 3D-Printing Software Showing the Predicted Filament Weight of 14.4 grams

I opened the part’s .STL file in AFINIA’s 3D-Printing Software and checked to see what the predicted filament (material) weight was …

The software said I would need 14.4 grams plus extra for the printing ‘RAFT’ …

Only Had 17 Wraps of Filament Left on the Spool

Only Had 17 Wraps of Filament Left on the Spool

Counted the wraps left on the spool and decided to find out if I had enough …

Cutting 1 Wrap Length of Filament to Weigh

Cutting 1 Wrap Length of Filament to Weigh

Decided to do the calculation by the number of final filament spool wraps …

I had a previously used spool of filament with just a few wraps left on it, so I cut two separate single wraps and measured the length & weight of the filament …

Have Very Accurate Digital Scales for Weighing Parts I Draw into SolidWorks

Have Very Accurate Digital Scales for Weighing Parts I Draw into SolidWorks

The length of a single wrap is approximately 284 mm …  Next the Weight??

Used a 10 gram Test-Weight to Check the Accuracy of the Digital Scale

Used a 10 gram Test-Weight to Check the Accuracy of the Digital Scale

Pulled out the digital scales and first did a weight calibration on the scales …

Zeroed Out the Scale Prior to Checking Any Weights

Zeroed Out the Scale Prior to Checking Any Weights

Next Zeroed-Out the Scale and cut 1 wrap of filament to fit onto the scale …

I think the correct term is ‘Zero Out’ but I say say ‘Zeroed-Out’ ~ So Whatever

The weight of 1 Wrap of Filament is 1.10 grams

The weight of 1 Wrap of Filament is 1.10 grams

The weight of 1 wrap of PLA filament turned out to be 1.10 grams …

Weight for 2 Wraps for of Filament is 2.19 grams

Weight for 2 Wraps for of Filament is 2.19 grams

For better accuracy, I cut the 2nd wrap and weighed the 2 wraps together …

2.19 grams divided by 2 equals 1.095 grams … ( Close Enough to 1.10 grams )

Used a More Accurate Scale to Double-Check the Filament Weight

Used a More Accurate Scale to Double-Check the Filament Weight

I have a scale that goes to the 0.001 grams so decided to see what it showed …

Weight of 2 Wraps of Filament is 2.200 grams on this Scale

Weight of 2 Wraps of Filament is 2.200 grams on this Scale

2 wraps of PLA filament weigh 2.200 grams on this more accurate scale …

For purposes of this experiment we will call it 1.10 grams per wrap of PLA.

View of AFINIA's 3D-Printing Software Features

View of AFINIA’s 3D-Printing Software Features

Next step was to see if the calculation would work …

For Most 3D-Prints I Restore the Software to it's Default Settings

For Most 3D-Prints I Restore the Software to it’s Default Settings

I used the 3D-Printer’s Default Settings …

First the 3D-Printer Prints a Short Length of Filament to Make Sure Tip is Clear

First the 3D-Printer Prints a Short Length of Filament to Make Sure Tip is Clear

Printer runs a quick ‘Tip Clearing’ run of melted filament prior to printing …

The 3D-Printer Creates a RAFT for the Rest of the Part to Print Upon

The 3D-Printer Creates a RAFT for the Rest of the Part to Print Upon

Next the 3D-Printing Software gives you the option of printing a ‘RAFT’ of filament on the printing bed to help hold the printing part flat & secure …

I use the ‘Raft’ feature on ALL my 3D-Prints … They turn out MUCH better!

 ... Last Wrap and a Half of Filament on the Spool ...

… Last Wrap and a Half of Filament on the Spool and Still Printing …

Had 17 wraps of filament ( 17 x 1.10 grams )  so should be able to print part …

... Down to the Last Half Wrap of Filament on the Spool and Still Printing ...

… Down to the Last Half Wrap of Filament on the Spool and Still Printing …

Only worry I had was the prediction of 14.4 grams did not include the Raft …

... No Filament Left on the Roll when the Print Finished

… No Filament Left on the Roll when the Print Finished

When the print finished, the only filament left was inside the guide tube …

The Finished Test Part with the Raft Material Still Attached

The Finished Test Part with the Raft Material Still Attached

There was enough filament to print the part with a little left-over to spare …

View of Filament Left-over after the Test Print was Finished

View of Filament Left-over after the Test Print was Finished

In the background you can see a little piece of Metal-Art I made several years ago out of scrap metal found in my workshop ~ Called it ‘Boy Offering Flowers’

"Boy Offering Flowers" ~ Welded using Scrap Metal

“Boy Offering Flowers” ~ Welded using Scrap Metal

Once the part was done, decided to check the material weights …

Decided to Check the Final Weight of the Part & the Raft Material

Decided to Check the Final Weight of the Part & the Raft Material

The Part + Raft + Tip Clearing strip weighed in at 17.11 grams …

The Combined Weight of the Test Part & Raft is 17.11 grams

The Combined Weight of the Test Part & Raft is 17.11 grams

Just the Raft & Tip Clearing Strip weighed 2.67 grams …

Raft Filament Material is 2.67 grams

Raft Filament Material is 2.67 grams

17.11 grams minus 2.67 grams = 14.44 grams for the real part weight …

3D-Printing Software’s ‘Predicted Weight’ was 14.4 grams ( Yay ~Very Close )

Checking to See How Close Predicted Weight is to Real-Part Weight

Checking to See How Close Predicted Weight is to Real-Part Weight

The predicted weight included support material so I took that out of the holes and other areas and then checked the final part weight on the scale …

Final Part Weight with support material removed is 14.37 grams.

Finished Part Weight with Holes Cleared out is 14.37 grams

Finished Part Weight with Holes Cleared out is 14.37 grams

I think when it gets down to the final row about 27 wraps fit across the spool.

27 wraps times 1.10 grams = 29.7 grams available to print a part with an approximate additional  1.5 wraps of filament in the guide tube leading into the AFINIA 3D printing head.

Experiment Done and a New Spool of Filament Loaded to Print the Next Part

Experiment Done and a New Spool of Filament Loaded to Print the Next Part

This experiment was really just for the fun of it … However, now when I get down to the final row of wraps on a PLA filament spool I should be able to figure out if I can print a part or not.

Next time I print with ABS I will check the weights and post the results here.

  • CHEERS!!! 

 

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