One merry Thursday evening while playing a knife game of BF4 with my horrible friends I cheerfully mentioned to Vorty (an evil fellow who knifes me a lot) that I had heard via the via that he (Vorty) had a printer or access to a 3d printer or access to someone with access to a 3d printer.
Vorty’s bright and cheerful reply was that he did indeed have direct access to his own 3d printer. What followed was a rapid exchange of questions which yielded the following. Oh, Bass also joined in on the Trivia… we shall call him Basstid for now because he recently also knifed me a lot.
Where was I… yielded the following:
- Bass said I could use Google Sketchup, now known as Sketchup, to draw
things that may be printed if I added a stl file exporter to
Sketchup. There are you tube videos about this, it’s easy.
- Vortex mentioned that he could print in several materials, There are
many different reasons for using each type and many other associated
variables. If you vacillate long enough Vorty will pick one for you.
- Vortex also said that one has to think about supporting artifacts,
long rod connectors to support the funny pointy bits that your model
might have. He said lots of stuff that made a woooshing sound as it
flew past. What worked for me was to think about how I would build
the model if I was using a glue gun.
After some Sketchup time I was able to send Vorty a STL file of the this bad boy:
Vorty printed out “three” demo bits and with the help of Tres they released a package containing 3d printed goodness into that void of despair know as the South African Post Orifice. SAPO took a long time to to unsuck itself from the package so that it could ooze on over to PE.
I got a packet of clickety rustling in the mail on Monday, which may be called Funday for this week only, in this photopicture below you can see a back of blue amazing next to a bag of what I used to use to do the job of hanging bling from my fuel eradictor.
I was so awfully impressed by these things that I took many pics of them at different angles, in these two you can see a short piece of bling. The dark side is facing you (the side we never see). The old clips are there for comparison.
I have tossed the old mild steel sheet metal screws and now use stainless ones to attach the clips to the Fuel Detroyer like so:
When you look at the profile from the side you can see how the clip clippeth.
The bling has succesfully been hung upon the new clips. I have more to say about that but first…
…but first. Vorty I may not forgive you for your evil knifing ways but I am most grateful for your kind assistance with this project. Muchos Grasias. You are a king amongst these WrG swine, this week anyway, and I thank you thankfully in a thanking thankful way for these little blue bastards.
Blue bastards… Well I really didn’t expect them to work on the first try but they do. They work very very well, too well. They are strong and hard like lego. To clip the bling on I had to hook the bottom lip under the clip and the apply many Newtons along the Y axis combined with many along the Z axis. This force helps the bling upper lip over the top curve on the clip. It clicks very, very firmly into place, which is a problem. If I ever want to remove the bling I may break it in the process. It’s going to be a truly grueling, agonizing event. I think if it has to be done it will be better to scrap the van. If we make any more of these we should think about either shrinking the clip or using a softer material than abs.
One last thing. It has been immensely satisfying to draw something and get it back in the mail. Amazing experience. Vorty, in the words of Kelis, you should charge for this.
One last thing, TG why no BF4?
One last thing, Flea how could you forget that Vorty has a 3d printer and why no BF4?