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Case Mod - In Progress Project "Sulaco"

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by tobyak, 30 Jul 2011.

  1. tobyak

    tobyak What's a Dremel?

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    Time to do the casting

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    What do we have
    • Resin
    • Catalyst
    • Mould
    • Mixing bowl
    • Mixing device


    Raw polyester resin
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    Catalyst added
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    Mixed, note the darker tone now, its an effect of the mix forming chemical bonds changing the structure, some of you will know this as "curing"
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    this is a 100/1 mix ratio, resin to catalyst, but i am rounding up to the nearest gram, in this case 170g resin needs 2g catalyst, i weighed the amounts out before i started to save myself some time

    Sorry no pics of the pouring, the fumes liberated by the pour can mess up fine lenzes

    Pouring done
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    As this is a one part mould you are going to get sunken and risen areas due to surface tension, so you may want to spread the top surface outside the confined ot the moulds sides to break that for a true smooth finish, this only applies to one part moulds where you are filling fight up to the top surface
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    ITS READYYYYYYY!!!!!
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    When cured you will notice its changed to a rather green tone and has some lateral shrinkage

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    You will also be able to make out some hairlike marks in the surface, this is part of the curing process, where 2 curing areas meet they form this boundry line just like a continent

    A few of the finished items, on a block of alu to help dissipate the heat, as the resin whilst curing can get up to 80c
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  2. tobyak

    tobyak What's a Dremel?

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    All 4 parts cast, time to get the mouse sander out

    Here we see the mouse sander in its natural habitat, about to pounce on this basking bezel piece
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    10 mins and a lot of swearing later (sanded my finger)
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    30mins more and even more swearing (to annoy the neighbours)
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    Ready to do the fine sanding ready to box up doe painting later
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  3. [ZiiP] NaloaC

    [ZiiP] NaloaC Multimodder

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    Excellent stuff fella! Keep it up :)
     
  4. tobyak

    tobyak What's a Dremel?

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    Ile keep going till my dremel explodes...... then buy another
     
  5. tobyak

    tobyak What's a Dremel?

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    Update coming later, its metal work day yay....... waits for applause..... oh no applause.... awwww
     
  6. SuicideNeil

    SuicideNeil What's a Dremel?

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  7. tobyak

    tobyak What's a Dremel?

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    HAHAHAHAHA..... that has brigntened up my day
     
  8. Gentleman_Dingo

    Gentleman_Dingo What's a Dremel?

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    Squirrel(prairie dog)! Look at what he did!

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  9. tobyak

    tobyak What's a Dremel?

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    MEMO TO SELF......
    Shout at Nzxt about the quality of there steel, an hour to make a 40cm cut. I dont rermember the discription for the Tempest EVO saying "made of adermantium"
     
  10. Marcos_Viegas

    Marcos_Viegas Minimodder

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    Wow man... :jawdrop:

    You are realy a artist!

    Congratulations for your job! :thumb:
     
  11. tobyak

    tobyak What's a Dremel?

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    WOW thankyou. I hope you enjoy the rest of my project once i get the latest shots uploaded
     
  12. BlancAnarchy

    BlancAnarchy What's a Dremel?

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    Awesome! Keep it up!!!
     
  13. tobyak

    tobyak What's a Dremel?

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    New update as soon as my photo host decides it knows what a photo is
     
  14. Kylevdm

    Kylevdm The Mod Zoo Podcast Host

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    Looking good dude! Has your photo host worked out what a photo is yet :p
     
  15. tobyak

    tobyak What's a Dremel?

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    LOL yeah dude, all sorted, new pics uploading now
     
  16. tobyak

    tobyak What's a Dremel?

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    Its door fabrication time, that means HERE COMES THE DREMEL yay!!!!

    First up, lets get this side taken apart
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    Tabs off, lets pop the window out
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    I will be using 1.5inch cutting discs from MNPCtech
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    Measuring up the new window bezel and making sure my cut lines are marked well inside the cut.... CUTTING YAY
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    Deburring
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    Well that took ages lol, but the results are exactly what i need
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    Next up, filling the acrylic for the window and starting the cut for the top mounting panel

    Unfortunately i couldnt get any shots of cutting the acrylic out as the dust was getting in my camera, co lets ump to filing and sanding the cut edge

    I will be using a rough sanding pad for this as i have a lot of material to remove
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    Whoops
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    Ahh there fixed, ther was never a huge chunk taken out of the edge... was there *swings hypnotists watch*
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    In the next post... i start work on the top panel
     
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  17. mnpctech

    mnpctech bit-tech sponsor

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    It's coming along great! Loved the inside info on the Casting :thumb:
     
  18. tobyak

    tobyak What's a Dremel?

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    Cheers dude!!


    Casting can vary from easiest thing in the world to the biggest nightmare you have ever had, this is a relatively simple cast of a simple shape.

    Anythign can be case in tons of finishes, stone, marble, bronze, smoked, you can suspend objects in the mixture even transparent or translucent

    Anybody who wants to know more just ask me
     
  19. tobyak

    tobyak What's a Dremel?

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    Busy week, children, fabrication, deliveries, the list goes on....

    Finialy an update and i am delighted to say it is a sponsor

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  20. miahallen

    miahallen Team IRONMODS - World Champions!

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    Congrats on the sponsorship :thumb:
     

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