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  1. Zork

    3D printing parts

    It would be nice if we all experienced such good luck. Mine corroded and broke. It cost me about 80 cents to print a replacement, including filament and electricity. To each his own. :)
  2. Zork

    3D printing parts

    I've seen people show videos of recycling waste filament into new filament. I just don't generate enough waste for that so I let the city's contractor do it. :)
  3. Zork

    3D printing parts

    I mean sanding, not pulverizing. LOL!
  4. Zork

    3D printing parts

    I guess no one understands why I put the STL file on there. It's for you to make your own and do your own testing to your requirements. :) Just sand it down and make it smoother. If your hand can't handle that, it can't handle the stock handle either. ;)
  5. Zork

    3D printing parts

    There's your sign. Got sandpaper? :)
  6. Zork

    3D printing parts

    It's a prototype. That's why I shared the STL file. :) Also, the connection to the parts that screw to the hull are stronger this way. And if you try to get fancy with compound curves you're going to spend a lot of time removing supports unless you have a two-extruder printer and print the...
  7. Zork

    3D printing parts

    Is that the final surface on the top of the boat? Gonna be a little rough on the little skipper's butt, don't you think? ;)
  8. Zork

    3D printing parts

    First bow handle in ABS. Still a prototype. Screw holes are intentionally undersize, you need to gently drill them out to fit your screws. STL file is here in case anyone else wants to be a guinea pig. :)
  9. Zork

    3D printing parts

    I have two window fans in my home office to suck out the fumes as well as the heat generated by my server half rack and Dell servers. :)
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    3D printing parts

    I would think that for this it would make more sense to use a wood carving duplicator with a rotating mount, like the ones used to duplicate gunstocks. A heck of a lot faster and true to the original.
  11. Zork

    Wanted Sunfish in good shape.

    If you want a Sunfish with papers you have to go to east Germany. ;) I should know, I lived there for 5 years. - Your papers, please. - You're talking to a boat. - And zat means I am not speeking to you. Papers, boat! - <Why do I always run into the ones in the special-kind-of-stupid category?>...
  12. Zork

    3D printing parts

    Cool. Now you have to print a little person to go with it. :)
  13. Zork

    3D printing parts

    The pictures and details don't load but you can still download the file. As I suspected, it is HUGE, most likely for use on a CNC carver and not a 3D printer. Thanks! But now I *am* getting more results for parts!
  14. Zork

    Need plate for hull number

    You could always 3D print a plate out of ABS (PLA will melt with water) and glue it on...
  15. Zork

    Wanted Sunfish in good shape.

    I have a feeling this is like being a pilot and dealing with the FAA. You never tell them what they don't need to know, otherwise you give them a reason to live.
  16. Zork

    3D printing parts

    Did my first design today, a replacement for the bow handle. I will trial fit and iterate in PLA and then post the design on Thingiverse.
  17. Zork

    3D printing parts

    I agree with *all* of this. PLA is ok for prototyping but no way you can use it on a boat. One day you'll go look for it and all that's left is goo. :) It is also possible to convert 3D printers into CNC machines, but most people use it for low Z-axis engraving, at least from what I have seen.
  18. Zork

    3D printing parts

    I found nothing when searching for "Sunfish". Do you have a URL for that?
  19. Zork

    3D printing parts

    The rudder bracket is a dirt-simple shaped piece of aluminum. There is nothing "special" about it that precludes it from being replaced with a properly engineered 3D printed bracket. Simple proof: NASA uses essentially a consumer version of a fused filament fabrication 3D printer to make things...
  20. Zork

    3D printing parts

    Shapeways.com can do the printing for you in all sorts of materials.
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