Suggestion 3D Modeling & Printing Forum

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I think we have a small enough group of active users who have 3D printing and 3D modeling skills and interests. It'd be great to start a 3D printing forum to organize efforts, collect and post shared models, discuss experiences, and assist one another with the hobby especially as it relates to creating mounts, housings, and accessories specifically for counter measures and testing equipment.

Anyone else interested?

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Maybe a CAD/fabrication group or forum including 3D printing would garner a larger audience?

3D printing is certainly cool but it's just one method for making stuff we may need for the hobby.
 

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That’s a good idea. All things CAD/Fabrication for DIY.


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When I watched the video of the TMG, my very first though was a holster mounted on the lower most part of the dash that could cradle the unit. I was thinking of molding one out of Kydex but 3D printing would work also.
 

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Best place to put your work is thinggivers.
Here is my link wrxsti15's Thingiverse Profile
Most of these are made as per request. I don't mind to help to others as well, but I'm pretty busy with life lately (One of reasons why I resign here moderator position) and I'm in between jobs (will lose access to solidworks for a while).
 

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Best place to put your work is thinggivers.
Here is my link wrxsti15's Thingiverse Profile
Most of these are made as per request. I don't mind to help to others as well, but I'm pretty busy with life lately (One of reasons why I resign here moderator position) and I'm in between jobs (will lose access to solidworks for a while).
I definitely understand your situation. No pressure -- this isn't a call or solicitation for you or anyone specifically to be expected to contribute and or do work for anyone. Just more of a "I know some people have interest in 3D things and would they appreciate a section dedicated to modeling, fabrication, printing & CNC, etc." I feel like I've seen enough threads scattered about where people are showing off custom built sensor holders, radar gun dash mounts, and other gadgets directly related to Counter Measures and Measuring Equipment, that I think it'd be fantastic to organize the discussions and efforts. That's all :)
 

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I wonder what kind of application 3D printing would have in this world.

I was actually interested in 3D printing regarding the eventual RDFGS device that I am thinking about designing (at least the case for it), wonder what other things we could come up with.
 

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I wonder what kind of application 3D printing would have in this world.

I was actually interested in 3D printing regarding the eventual RDFGS device that I am thinking about designing (at least the case for it), wonder what other things we could come up with.
Radar Detector visor clips, disguised encasings that look like other objects, mounting adapters to use with existing mounting systems, custom button housings for DIY hardwire mute buttons, console fitment kits for control panels of parking sensors and other remotes, external parking sensor fitment kits to fit sensors into grills, and front bumper areas. Mounting clips for other systems like Zaon PCAS, and adapters and holders for popular
brands of radar guns. Just some thoughts I have.


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I wonder what kind of application 3D printing would have in this world.

I was actually interested in 3D printing regarding the eventual RDFGS device that I am thinking about designing (at least the case for it), wonder what other things we could come up with.
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While myself and CJR have been discussing a specific new forum based around a single topic (i.e. countermeasures, with a ton of sub-topics) which I mentioned in one of the forum status updates recently, I've actually been thinking about creating a general purpose forum (and it would be part of the "RDF Network of Forums" if we decide to go through with all the aforementioned stuff) which has a ton of different sections, based on tons of different subjects. Like here we are a countermeasure forum and we have sub-sections on radar detectors, laser jammers, radensos, uniden, etc etc etc. The general purpose forum would have sections on movies, cars, routers, linux scripting, TV electronics, etc etc etc etc etc etc etc. A truly general purpose forum.

But anyway, lots of other stuff to do before acting on these ideas. But just some thoughts in case others wanted to brainstorm with us....
 

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I think it would be great to have a general purpose forum. Our format is far better than Reddit and its time there is a replacement for it! lol

I would be more than willing to help with that. It may also be an option over what we have been discussing.
 

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I think it would be great to have a general purpose forum. Our format is far better than Reddit and its time there is a replacement for it! lol

I would be more than willing to help with that. It may also be an option over what we have been discussing.
Definitely. Reddit does not have the closeness feeling a real forum has.

And honestly when it comes to RDF, the community/hierarchy with advancement/access levels is one of our strongest assets - hardly any other forum operates the way we do and there's no question when people talk about RDF they are always impressed with the way this place fees as opposed to other forums. Being able to replicate that onto different forums (i.e. an RDF network of forums, whether it be our niche-specific one we're talking about, other niches people are interested in launching and joining into the RDF network of forums, or the general purpose forum idea we are discussing here) would certainly be worthy of our efforts...
 

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IMO 3D modeling is great for just that, modeling. Making anything consumer ready is a pretty far stretch even with the SLA printers so far. The best route is still injection molding, which maybe soon possible at home with some minor tweaks to an SLA printer using the "Soft Tooling" method.

If anyone ever wants to print something using my printers feel free to give me a shout!
 

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I wonder what kind of application 3D printing would have in this world.

I was actually interested in 3D printing regarding the eventual RDFGS device that I am thinking about designing (at least the case for it), wonder what other things we could come up with.
It's being used a lot already. Not so much on a production basis, yet, as it's usually too inefficient. That being said, you can "print" metal with 3d laser sintering machines and one excellent application for those parts is inserts for plastic injection molds. Because of the way additive manufacturing (3d printing) works, you can put irregular cooling channels into the molds where before you'd be stuck only with what could be machined. This allows ideal cooling of the molds and has a dramatic increase on production.

It's also being used a lot for prototyping. There's nothing like being able to show a prospective client a prototype of the product you are quoting for them before even inking a contract. You can also print a part in wax and send it off to an investment casting house to have them pour you a metal version. Without 3d printing, this process would take months because tooling would have to be created but 3d printing the wax part skips the tooling step and you can have a casting in a week or 2.

I've investigated using 3d printing/sintering/sla for making low run quantity sand casting patterns as well. It's already pretty viable for that.

Additive manufacturing is here and gets more useful every day. I too am interested in how accurate and fast it will become in the future.
 

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I'm definitely interested in a subforum for this, especially with all the applications that 3d printing has for ALP heads. I have a MP Mini, and currently suck at modeling.