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Discussion in 'General Phlatprinter 3 Chat' started by hawk flyer, Apr 19, 2011.

  1. hawk flyer

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    Finally ordered my Phlatprinter 3. Im very glad I joined this comunity and cant wait to share ideas with such creative individuals as yourselves.

    Eric
     
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    Welcome aboard! You'll love your printer, especially now that the new rollers are working extra awesome!
     
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    Welcome to the Phlatforum Eric! Thank you for your support :good:
    Its going to be a lot of fun :D
    Mark and Trish
     
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    Welcome, your gonna have zero time now. You'll be consumed with "FUN"!!!!! Ideas :idea:
     
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    Yes, welcome.. Once you start using the PP you'll wonder how you ever lived without it. And the support here is like no where else. Top notch for sure.
     
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    Hi Eric and welcome to the forum. Your imagination is the only limit now! :doubleup:
     
  7. hawk flyer

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    Thanks Guys, I have seen your work and am very impressed. I started designing my own balsa aircraft after I was disapointed with poor quality in some arf kits. I guess when I build my own planes I can only blame myself when the designs dont work out! I have had success with sending my autocad drawings to get laser cut but cutting planes out in my own shop is going to be totally awesome! I dont have much experience with foam but I think that will change very soon!

    Eric
     
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    Eric, I followed the same path as you. Designed in AutoCAD, and sent away to get laser cut. Worked great until I needed to make the customary change... Now with the PP I can just re-draw the part, and re-cut. My old PP MKI cut wood rather well, bit the PP cuts wood WAY better. Check out the thread on my new build. Just added a pic of the wood parts I cut so far. SUPER clean and they all fit with a nice snug fit. Neil's Phlatbone tool REALLY helped.
    viewtopic.php?f=59&t=2708

    I also had little experience with foam, but I'm learning... kinds slow sometimes, but I'm learning.

    I still have occasional fits with Sketchup as opposed to AutoCAD, but learning to work in 3D is really worth it... It;s just that for me the learning curve is rather non-linear, and bumpy at times.
     
  9. hawk flyer

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    Wow rcav8r those wood cuts look awesome. What is the Phlatbone? And what router bit do you use?

    Eric
     
  10. rcav8r

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    Here is a thread on the Phlatbone. See 3DMon's tip about bit diameter in the PhlatBone tool towards the end of the thread. viewtopic.php?f=185&t=2453&p=27270&hilit=phlatbone#p27270

    I use a 1/16" 4 flute end mill I got from Enco for the ply. The 1/16" bit from the bit kit Trish and Mark sell works well also. This sheet was cut at 75ipm with a 1/32" multi-pass depth . I used to cut at 50, and it went so well, I decided to try bumping up the speed. The quality of cut was the same at the faster speed.

    Here's thread on speeds/feeds/bits for various materials. I just added an entry for Ply.
    viewtopic.php?f=266&t=2428
     
  11. hawk flyer

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    Cool thanks, just a little confused as to where to download the latest phlatbone version?

    Eric
     
  12. rcav8r

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    Just go to page one of the thread : viewtopic.php?f=185&t=2453&hilit=phlatbone
     
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    Ok thanks, it looks like i will have to start playing with sketchup to get the most out of my phlatprinter.

    Eric
     
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    Finaly a first cut! Though I accidently left the feedrate at 200 while cutting 6mm Depron! Talk about rough cuts and skewing. I will try again tomorow at a feedrate of 50. :oops:
     
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    Congrats on the first cut. Hopefully your 2nd one goes better.
     

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