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Old 08-10-2018, 09:31 AM   #121 (permalink)
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Consider building something like this.

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1748087

or this...

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2227834

Then you can dry your filament, and place it in a mostly air tight container with desiccant, and have the filament remain dry enven while doing long prints.

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Consider building something like this.

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1748087

or this...

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2227834

Then you can dry your filament, and place it in a mostly air tight container with desiccant, and have the filament remain dry enven while doing long prints.

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That is certainly something on my to-do list.
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I will eventually get to that when I decide to open up the PETG filament.

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I got three more off the printer today that passed the break test. Unfortunately, the other two didn't pass. At this point, I'm getting such a low yield out of these things that it's not really effective to continue doing them this way anymore. Something needs to change. I have the spool back in the dehydrator, but I think it's getting to the point where I'll need to go back to printing these one at a time or change materials for good. I'm running out of o-rings anyway. If I get so much as a single layer in the area above the 12-gram loops that cools too fast, the whole thing snaps off during testing. There's simply too much surface area to reliably print in larger batches and not constantly fight the layer adhesion issue in this area. I could just crank these out but I refuse to relax my standards. If I can snap it by hand or if I so much as hear any cracking, it fails. So, I'm thinking that I may print off one or two more individual units, make sure they pass QC and offer them up to those who have expressed an interest so far. I'm also hesitant to pursue the Sidekick project for Phantoms until I get this situation sorted out. The way I see it, once this roll of PETG is gone, that's it. I have no problem with weaker prints that will never see the field, but for something like this that will be abused, there's just no way I could sell something that I'm not confident in. I'm just going to push through until I run out of PETG or o-rings (whichever comes first). But once they're gone, that's it. I'll be going back to making prints for fun for a while.
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Oy,so irritating.

Would an enclosure possibly help? That's a thought I've had for once I get a printer with a heated bed, to hold in the heat somewhat.
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Oy,so irritating.

Would an enclosure possibly help? That's a thought I've had for once I get a printer with a heated bed, to hold in the heat somewhat.
Hard to say. I think that part is simply too thin to print reliably every time. If it prints okay, it's rock solid. If not, it snaps - hence the low yield rate of this design. The prints that passed QC are fine, but they're the survivors. If I decide to release this to the masses, I'll need a design that prints more reliably every time. So, I'm playing with a happy medium in Fusion that's a step between my original design and the current one. As you can see, it has a smaller footprint than the original but the fragile part of the second version has been reinforced by longer loops. Once my current batch is done, I'm going to try printing one of these and see where it goes.

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I now have ten completed Hardpoints prepped and ready to go. All ten have passed testing and all have o-rings on them. I also have my mass production prototype on the printer now. If all goes well with it, I'll eventually be putting them up on BST. Once I get my mass production model printed out, I'll post photos of it here, At that point, I'll start sending out PMs giving people the option to go with either the current version or the new one. Any left unsold here will go up on BST with the others once they're ready.
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I designed something similar to this a few months back and sold several of them on the Facebook phantom page. My design has an internal oring grove and slots to glue in optional disc magnets and is intended to fit in between the grip frame and the CCI L/T stock. The concept works great.



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Okay, guys. Here are the photos I mentioned.

Here is the current version compared to the version I'd put up on BST.





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PMs have been sent out. If you're interested and you didn't receive a message from me, please let me know.
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