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Old 05-16-2018, 04:15 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Seems like you're trying to keep the form-factor as close to OEM appearance as possible. You could make the gate slot slightly elliptic and eccentric to the central axis of the part to maintain the circumference to prevent cutting the gate itself.

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Old 05-16-2018, 04:28 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Seems like you're trying to keep the form-factor as close to OEM appearance as possible. You could make the gate slot slightly elliptic and eccentric to the central axis of the part to maintain the circumference to prevent cutting the gate itself.
That's an idea worth considering. Just how elliptical it would need to be would also have to go hand in hand with how easy it would be to insert a 10-round tube. Definitely food for thought. Thanks!
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Old 05-16-2018, 04:44 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Or you could made something like these pieces

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The feed gate fits snugly on the end and the adapter fits snugly on the one piece feed.
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Maybe try shifting things a little so that the cap sits just a little higher vertically on the feed tube, and then see if you can keep the feed gate intact. The feed gate will probably still have to bend in a bit to conform to the contour of the dropout, but you may still have plenty of room to cram the tube in.

I've done all of my printing through Shapeways. Their strong/flexible nylon uses SLS printing, so you don't need to worry about supports. Shipping will probably cost about as much as the part for something like this, but still cheaper than buying a printer.
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...printing through Shapeways...
Yup. Should be about 10ish bucks, but those sharp edges probably won't pass their inspection filters. You'll probably need/want to fillet them back to >.8mm. Not sure what the ID of the wall diameter in the gate slot is, but that's gotta be >.8mm as well.
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Can you add a photo of the problem you are trying to solve?
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The adapter is a good idea. I may just have to play with that design. As for Shapeways, I actually intend on getting into 3D printing on my own at some point. Sending out the design both defeats the purpose and makes iterative prototypes costly. I'm looking at this from the perspective of someone who wants to design a thing and build a thing from the ground up just because I can. I'm teaching myself Fusion at this point and the feed cap is part of my personal lesson plan. 3D printing will be my next learning process.

As for the photo, I'll post one up when I can. My Phantom is currently setup as a VSC for Slim's this weekend.
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Love this buddy! I tried to use the aluminum one piece feed and ran into this problem and hated that I had to cut a perfectly good feed cap.

Would happily be your first customer!
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Thanks! I'll post up once I finally make this concept a reality.
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...design a thing and build a thing from the ground up just because I can.
Yup. I hear ya. Waiting for parts to come in the mail can be a drag. And cost is definitely a factor for bigger stuff.

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Hahaha, me too. I've been working between Illustrator and Tinkercad for the past few months and finally gotten to a point that I need Fusion for projecting splines.

Looking forward to seeing what you come up with.
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