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I'd love to do something interactive, but there's alot I don't know about the printed objects. It would be very helpful if there were some templates released that showed the thickness springs should be before they can be useful. And how much distance is needed between objects before they'll move independently. Could you produce a video for YouTube showing some moving parts, along with links to files we can import and look over, to see how those parts were made? That would be very helpful for making springs.
#1 Walter Sharrow on 2009-04-24 16:34 (Reply)
http://www.shapeways.com/

(Apparently including a link to the company website is too difficult.)
#1.1 Kirt on 2009-04-24 18:49 (Reply)
Ooops. :-D

"... for Make: Online"
#1.1.1 Kirt on 2009-04-24 18:51 (Reply)
What does this have to do with downloadable templates? I need to know the thicknesses necessary for working springs and moving parts. I know how to find Make's website.

I've experimented with making moving parts over the last 2 weeks, but the models I ordered haven't even shipped yet. I don't think I'll get enough information in time to make something nice, not to mention spending alot of money needless on facts others already know.

It would be helpful if there where just some videos showing what kind of moving parts are possible and templates showing how they were made. (And something in 3D Studio compatible format would be great!)
#1.1.1.1 Walter Sharrow on 2009-04-24 22:45 (Reply)
We're working on providing you guys with lots of information on that. I should be able to put a tutorial live on monday that should give you guys background information on clearance and springs.

In the coming weeks we should be putting more tutorials live that deal with mechanical parts such as springs and gears.

To get you started: clearance has to be at least 0.5mm and wall thickness should be 1mm at all times.

You can also check out the wall thickness tutorial.
#1.2 Joris on 2009-04-25 09:30 (Reply)
Walter,

by the way, you can also check out this Shop:
http://www.shapeways.com/shops/mechanical_parts

It shows off a lot of the test prints we are making.
#1.2.1 Joris on 2009-04-25 09:37 (Reply)

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