3D Printing...anyone giving this a try?
Last Post 26 Oct 2017 08:59 PM by Jeremy Gattis. 5 Replies.
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Roy GreenhalghUser is Offline
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03 May 2017 05:00 PM
    Just wondering if anyone has tinkered with this customizable Tec yet.  I do see a few entries on Thingiverse.com but nothing major.  Some small sluice inserts and a blue Bowl type of thing.

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    03 May 2017 07:23 PM
    Good question. Seems like a possibility, but personally I wouldn't know where to access a 3 D printer.

    Is it possible to access one on the web?
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    04 May 2017 05:04 AM

    Really depends on how deep down the rabbit hole you want to go.  There are options where you can pay to have things printed but to build it from scratch...it's kind of fun. There are some smaller units to buy but it's another learning curve if you never have done stuff like this before.

    There ARE companies that will print things for you but if you're willing to spend between $200-$600 on a printer and have the time to learn the basics there is so much potential.    As long as people understand this is not a FAST replacement.  That Blue Bowl type took almost 18 hours to print.  However I can make it smaller, bigger, deeper...I can adjust the angles.  I can take inspiration from  various specialty mats and incorporate them into interchangeable plates or just print an entire Sluice with them.  

    Found a few things on one of the file site  http://www.thingiverse.com/  
    http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1433163  

    But I have yet to try them out.  I like the ability of making my own to be honest. 

    https://www.tinkercad.com/     is a free CAD 3D design program that is a good way to get started.   

    I do strongly suggest to do research on the Rep of any printer company if you are looking to buy.  I have found that THIS one to have great customer service but the QC on the Mini...not so good.  I'm on a 3rd replacement since Jan 2017 but they stand by their products and when they work- they are incredible. 
    https://www.monoprice.com/pages/3d_printers  

    If you are wanting something bigger, again the Customer service is outstanding, a reseller in Tx imports them, builds them, checks them- and fixes them before he ships them out to you.  Chris from https://tinymachines3d.com/


    I know it's a mixing of worlds but I figure since we are starting to use computers and satellites to find claims...why not look into this too. 

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    06 May 2017 11:48 AM

    we have played with making a few riffle ideas but have not gotten a chance to test them out.

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    13 May 2017 04:42 AM
    same here...been printing sluice plates- that Blue bowl and a few other things but being in Florida got no where to play. Been trying to have my friends out of state send me dirt but they think I'm crazy.
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    26 Oct 2017 08:59 PM
    I have a new high end 3D printer will trade for mining gear. Duel head pla or abs plastic with filiments
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