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Old 05-20-2013, 06:39 PM   #41 (permalink)
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Simon had said in the past that using the HALO as a base, you could get 100 balls, but it would still only be about 2/3 of the full HALO. That tradeoff made for a tough sell when the guts can't really be changed aside from being rearranged. At least it is a short term solution.
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Old 05-20-2013, 08:14 PM   #42 (permalink)
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Seriosly if you want something different, make your own.. Hack and slash what simon did and post it up on the site to share. or start from scratch and make your own and share it.

There also isnt any reason you couldnt modify the raceway to be lower profile and or smaller to make you own smaller hopper. then you could just print that as well.
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Old 05-20-2013, 08:51 PM   #43 (permalink)
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The funny part is that the part that actually hold the paintballs is smaller than the one that holds the guts.

I wonder how much would it cost to have it milled in aluminum, instead of printed in plastic. That would be the sturdiest loader ever.

I still want one badly but it's hard to justify the cost for having one off printed, though, especially when you don't have access to a 3D printer.
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Old 05-20-2013, 10:08 PM   #44 (permalink)
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You could maybe reduce the side by printing the current housing for the internal within the current shell. Instead of having something that wrap over it.
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Old 05-21-2013, 09:00 PM   #45 (permalink)
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here is a quick test of a inception shell I printed in PLA...it didn't go so well but I think I identified the problem in the build program.
I want to stress that's the design is fine and this has nothing to do with that. This just a test of my print strength and plastic used.
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are the files ready to print 100%? I have a friend with a 3d printer and own a halo...
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are the files ready to print 100%? I have a friend with a 3d printer and own a halo...
From what I've seen, no. For the shells, there are overhanging parts that need to be supported. Some slicing software can build in supports. The battery door is not really printable as there is no flat side to start the print and the clasps are going to be fragile unless printed with the layers in the correct orientation. Again, maybe the slicing software can build in supports. Your results may vary.

The parts are definitely designed with injection molding in mind. All surfaces are drafted so the part will come out of a mold. This is unnecessary with 3D printing. But things like having a starting surface and avoiding overhanging and unsupported parts, design features that are important for 3D printing, are not considered.
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From what I've seen, no. For the shells, there are overhanging parts that need to be supported. Some slicing software can build in supports. The battery door is not really printable as there is no flat side to start the print and the clasps are going to be fragile unless printed with the layers in the correct orientation. Again, maybe the slicing software can build in supports. Your results may vary.

The parts are definitely designed with injection molding in mind. All surfaces are drafted so the part will come out of a mold. This is unnecessary with 3D printing. But things like having a starting surface and avoiding overhanging and unsupported parts, design features that are important for 3D printing, are not considered.
Why on earth would anyone actually design something for 3d printing? Unless of course you were printing rep rap parts. They are meant for rapid prototyping not rapid manufacturing.
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Plenty of reasons/factors:

-So people can make the item themselves. 3D printers are often more common and available than injection molding machines or milling machines. More people have a 3D printer in their house.
-Strength required. If the strength requirements are somewhat low, then a 3D printer can be a suitable method of manufacturing.
-Limited production/customizable. Having a mold made for injection molding isn't cheap. You have to sell thousands of units to break even. Changing a mold to adjust a design for personal customization isn't feasible. Machine shop time is expensive too, and again, quantity brings the unit price down. 3D printed objects have roughly the same unit cost if you are making 1 or 100. Editing the CAD file to customize a design is insignifacant.

3D printing can't do everything. But for low-strength, limited quantity, open-source, at-home makability, it's hard to beat a 3D printer.
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Old 05-30-2013, 05:17 PM   #50 (permalink)
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so i downloaded the files....

they are .stl's

and for whatever reason i cant dimension the hopper


anybody know the actual dimensions for the print area? i have a printer locally that is 6" cube.... but i have a feeling this might be a little longer than that....
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