I just returned from a short trip to Halifax. The purpose of the trip was to coordinate with another company (scientists) to discuss collaboration on a series of tests. I have not really had the opportunity in my professional life to work with scientists or more specifically chemists before; I must say that there is a natural synergy between instrumentation/controls/software and all things chemical. I am really looking forward to see where this may go….perhaps a lab in Halifax? I was informed that the local government has all sorts of programs available to attract business. These are encouraging words…..especially since being a rural business in PEI I do not benefit from any real tangible development initiatives from this government.
Foray into the arts? Once again, I find myself pulled in the direction of an alternate creativity. I promised my wonderful girlfriend; a few months ago, that for her birthday we would get two matching rings. Since then we have spent a lot of time trying to find the right look for both of us, as well as something that matches. And then it occurred to me that I have the essential equipment to design and cast these rings at my shop. I think probably the lost wax process will work the best for the size and detail required; but I am not going to carve the masters, I am going to pour the wax into a negative mold that I will produce on the 3d printer. In this way i can complete the design in 3D software (Alibre) and make a multi-part mold for the wax. After that, I will fall back on a conventional lost wax process with spin (centrifugal) casting. I will document the process with pictures and video for this blog. The rings will be made from silver with inset turquoise stone.
Good Day fellow innovators. I get regular Google alerts about various topics that interest me like many of you probably do. It was a strange convolution of errors in one of these posts that led me to a vacuum forming website. To make a long story short, I have decided to invest in a vacuum forming machine to compliment my 3D printer. The printer that I have is a Dimension SST1200 which is excellent for product development and rapid prototyping; but as it is not a production based machine, the strength of the part may be an issue. Vacuum forming is a natural addition to my suite of prototyping tools because I can create the complex geometries as a master “part” in my 3D printer and then use this master in the vacuum forming process to create a part with strength. My 3D printer only prints in ABS in, but there are many types of thermoforming plastics available to choose from which display different strength and finish characteristics. I am on the fence currently as to whether to build one or buy one. The size of machine will handle a 20″ x 20″ sheet. I would be interested to hearing from anyone who has had experience in this area.