We are pleased to report that all of the final pieces of equipment are in house. We did have a major scare in the past week with the 3D printer, as the shipper delivered it to a wrong address and it was lost for a day. Fortunately the recipient contacted me and I was able to pick up the printer myself with no other problems.
I am deep in studies with the printer operation and hope to start the first test print by this weekend. I’ll make some test models before attempting the actual production models seen on the website, which I hope to begin next week. The kiln arrived at least two weeks early and the first run was performed with excellent results at first testing. The centrifugal casting arm is assembled and awaiting trial. In this case, no test is necessary and it will see its first use after the first production 3D model is invested for casting and burned out in the kiln. The longest part of the production is the wax burnout, due to the exotic materials used by the 3D printer and investment powder, the burnout of the material from the investment casting will take no less than twelve hours.
After the metal casting, post finishing may take a couple to three more hours. I hope to produce one of each item in the four subject folders, then start another four, etc. until all twenty four items are complete. There are more designs awaiting modeling with the software, and application of the gateway processing, photography and update of the website, so still lots of work to do, but at least we have everything in place to keep us busy.
Quote of the week:
“Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.”
~Mark Victor Hansen