Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by ASPHIAX, 19 Oct 2015.
**** JUST GOT REAL ..
Balls from steel?
More metal! I don't think it warranted a ride on the fork lift, though.
Everyone reposting pics of your crotch... pretty much sums up the internet.
I hope you were playing the Imperial March as the fork lift dove by.
Your insane case is looking good. We like insane.
Nah .. I decided I had enough kids ...
Hahahahaha, true dat!
LOL yeah its presented on a silver platter!
You like insane ? Good !
I have some insane projects that I can finally do with this 3D printer
"YAZI" - Venator Class Star Destroyer Greebles and Lighting update
So here we are with a new update. Time flies and I knew I had to get going on these two parts very soon.
The reason why the Star Wars ships (and others) look so "real" is because of the scale and the use of Greebles.
Greebles are the little structures and depth variations and shapes you see on the outside of the models.
That gives it the sense of scale and tricks the mind into saying, hey that looks like a hangar, but wait see how small it is compared to the whole ship.
Damn that ship must be HUGE !!
So I started greebling with the help of a friend of mine Mortum. He helped create all the little ingle structure types that I could combine to form larger structures.
Normally you would do this with parts of styrene from scalemodels and this is called kitbashing. I did it digitally lol.
Once I had the size I wanted, I overlayed it onto the model of the YAZI
And there we have the base structure of the armour panelling.
Then came the hard part. Creating shapes that resemble something that you can (probably) find on a starship.
This 20 cm piece is the result of 8 hours scaling, cutting, removing, adding, rotating parts and pieces into new shapes.
Here is the end result. I love my 3D printer. Didnt expect it to come out this crisp.
Here you can also see what I mean with "It has to mean something"
This is the mechanism for the 2 Heavy and 3 medial proton torpedo launchers.
From right to left :
You have to have some type of generation apparatus (far right) , then the protons beams have to be aligned and injected into a collection chamber (middle)
Then you need to condense and accelerate the beams into torpedo shape for firing by the launchers on the far left.
So onto the next challenge, how to light the ship properly.
First attempts obviously failed.
Tried cutting into the printed PLA with a dremel but the end result was far from what I wanted.
If only I had some channels into which I can put the fibers for the light.
Oh wait ... Lets print that into the design...
In my opinion properly lighting is lighting which you can see when the light is off.
Offcourse you need some light point to accentuate certain parts but ..
Getting the holes into the PLA was proving a REAL challenge ..
Tried: dremel drill, Dremel with cnc mill, thin tipped solder iron, glowing wire, handdrill all didnt give the quality or speed needed to finish the project on time
PLA is different stuff compared to polystyrene thats for sure!
The answer : Good oldfashioned brute force. Use a very thin (just wider then your fiber) screwdriver and make sure you print the object the right way.
You have to just break through into the cavity of the internal structure and ou on the other side!
Only took about 3 days of testing methods to figure that one out. lol
But hey, its all fun and games right ...
You almost couldnt see the holes in the one of the previous pictures ..
Also had to change from 0.75mm to 1.5mm fiber cable as the 0.75 was way to small for this scale.
And i didnt have a 1mm screwdriver ;-)
I love that not only you can create beautifull things with the printer, but also practical things.
Here is a fiber to led coupling. with just enough room for the led (0.2mm space left) and room for 20 fibers that will be guided by the tapered internal structure of the coupling
to the exact degrees of the led beam (60 degrees in this case) The result optimal light usage and less power needed!
Well that was it for this one.
Welding the main body tonight so pretty stoked for the next update !
Let me hear your thoughts !
I was going to say when I did plastic models as a kid, precision screwdrivers were awesome for drilling little holes. It seems you figured that out, though.
Killer greeble. 6 miles of space ship to go.
Thanks. Yeah this did make me also go back to my past to see if there was domething else i could try lol. Your future is in your past !
Also got a tip from the lulzbot forum to raise the infill to make drilling into it easier.
Finally it was time to do the work for the aluminum body!
And who better to check your work then one of the best aluminum builders, Pascal de Greef.
After driving to his house (20 minutes) I had the honour to sit and play around with his Next Level desk. What a piece of engineering. The lifts in the legs raised the whole desk up to my chin and all the way down to my knees. Build quality over 9000000!!!!
Almost reluctant we left his desk and house to start work on the body.
We had to cut just one last plate, the bottom hull ...
This is the beast. 20mm steel is nothing for this Nitrogen 6Kw flastbedlaser
The main man himself : Pascal De Greef!
Then we had to do some bending
I designed the hull parts with a Male/Female connector method. Easy aligning of the parts and you also have a got place to put the welds.
Folding the sides with the large amount of holes cut out proved to be a challenge as we had to do that by hand. Learning so much about this design. Got at least 15 points of improvements for the next one (wait whut ??? That comes later ;-) )
Finally all the correct pieces in place. And you can see we had to change welding method from MIG to TIG as it was putting to much heat into the aluminum and the test pieces deformed pretty easily.
Full 3 mm aluminum next time!
To cover up all the unattractive parts I also designed a midplate which will have a black and white vinyl decoration.
I truly felt like Anakin building his podracer in part 1.
I dropped off Pascal at 3.30 am and got home at 4 am.
Thanks Pascal, your work and help really meant a lot to me. You are truly a gifted person!
The kids woke me up at 6 to find all the parts in the living room.
The fan/radiator cage I had to design to make sure there was proper airflow!
And there we have the whole YAZI built up for a test fitting.
So happy to be at this stage already but SO much more work to do in just a few weeks now.
Also all the parts of the system are starting to show up !
First the beautifull B150M Mortar by MSI and the 1200 toughpower grand by thermaltake!
Then the well designed AVEXIR 2400 Blitz DDR4 16GB RAM kit.
Cant wait to light these babies up!
Then a beautifull black and white mouse and keyboard by Ttesports.
And Finally a whole assortement of thermaltake fittings, Pacifice W1 CPU cooller, P1 Pump with silent kit, Tubler Petg tubing and whatnot...
I feel blessed to have such a group of great sponsors that believe in my ability and have enabled me to build this dream of mine! Hats off to you!
Now to start printing the Venator "Skin"
Having a Paslis in your toolbox is cheating I think.
Hahahaha, I know guys that dont even design it themselves ;-)
Now on the printer ..
A miniature (20% of original) exterior hull
Funny little print, just scaled the top layer a bit too much!
You know what the fun part about 3D printing is?
There's always something sweet waiting for you when you wake up.
Result of the 2nd greeble sessie !
freaking Cool m8
Thanks man !
Out of curiousity which 3D printer are you using ? I'm still hanging on for an affordable sintering printer, but your prints look really good quality.
I am suing a TAZ5 from Lulzbot. Not the cheapest printer around but big volume and amazing precision. Here is a pic from the second greeble session.
Final result of the second greeble session, session 3 is already in its 16th hour of printing .. Only a few more !
Greeble session no 003
Whats next ???
I was so stressed for this print. At 3/4 into the print (16 hours) i started to notice the amount of filament on the spool was growing thin .
With the filament already in the guiding tube of the printer, it was finished at 20 hours with about 70cm of filament left ... Pfew ...
This will be the last picture update for a little while.
Need to slow down a bit and enjoy the music more.
Awesome Work! And you have me sold on what 3D printer I'm getting now.
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