This is more than just 3D printing, this is the entire process of making metal items using a combination of 3D printing and investment casting. This is a process I became aware of while in the process of getting my engineering degree, but never did until now. I am entirely self-taught with casting, and I've documented my successes and failures on Hive: https://hive.blog/hive-103035/@steampunkkaja/bronze-rings-cast-from-3d-printed-patterns

In order to drown out the noise upstairs of my shop while I worked, I put on some Russian classical music. Expect to hear Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Borodin, Prokofiev, and Glinka.

8 months, 3 weeks ago

Small metal components with intricate geometry (such as jewellery) are frequently made by investment casting, a.k.a. lost-wax casting. For this process, metal must be melted in a crucible and poured into a plaster mould, made from wax patterns. I already have a 3D printer capable of printing wax patterns, so now it's time to move on to the next step. In this video, I prepare the gas-fired crucible furnace, electric burnout kiln, and clay graphite crucible. Subsequent videos will show of the process of making moulds and transforming 3D printed models into metal castings.

You can get all this equipment here: https://pmcsupplies.com/casting-supplies/furnaces-kilns

10 months, 1 week ago

A few months ago, I bought a Work Sharp 3000 wood tool sharpening system, with the intent of using it to sharpen knives and swords. I finally got round to setting it up and using it, and the results it produces are superb, far better than any other machine I've ever used; in fact, I would say that's just as good as a hand stone, but a lot faster. Since it's designed primarily to sharpen wood chisels, I may make a separate video in the future demonstrating that process, but you can definitely expect to see it put to good use sharpening swords in the future!

Where you can get it:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000PVHIMW/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Rockler Woodworking: https://www.rockler.com/work-sharp-ws3000-tool-sharpener

1 year, 4 months ago

In this video, I document the process of cutting the square tubes and welding them together to make a frame for my tractor canopy. This process didn't go quite as smoothly as this footage might have you believe, but the final product matches my drawing almost perfectly. So far, I'm quite happy with it, and even though it's not finished, I would definitely recommend this method for anyone trying to build their own tractor canopy.

Why there is a two-month gap between this video and the last one: https://steemit.com/diy/@steampunkkaja/diy-tractor-canopy-days-4-and-5

What's different between the drawing and the final product: https://steemit.com/bitchute/@steampunkkaja/diy-tractor-canopy-day-6






2 years, 2 months ago