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    • January 17, 2020 3:00 PM EST
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      Devon Sinsley said:

      See I never was involved or knew MIK either. But the question does always remain as to what is in the "spirit" of MIK. And from what I gather it was NOT about using garbage to make a beauty queen, while I am sure that is exactly what happened. What I think the whole thing was #1 have fun. #2 do something together with fellow modelers at a time when many of us are buried in snow. #3 take what you have and make something.

       

       

      When MIK started the challenge it was simply do something to get through the heart of winter.(Devon's #2) Simply build whatever you want with what you have on hand and have fun. Any other stipulations, rules, and/or prizes have been added over time. But Rule #1 has survived.

      We didn't have 3D printers or for that matter laser cutters or CDC routers in our home workshops. We did use whatever tools, skills, and materials we had on hand along with I seem to recall a bottle of paint we could purchase.

      Enjoy the build while learning new skills, egging each other on to new processes to encourage their skills growth. Laugh and joke along the way and get bragging rights for the next year if you win.

       John you're right sometimes the best doesn't win as it's the amount of skills and accomplishment the individual entrant has gained that drive my voting most of the time. They seem to have gained the most from the challenge and became a better modeler.

      Just my humble opinion.

       

    • January 17, 2020 8:04 PM EST
      • Peoria, NW of Phoenix, Arizona
         
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      David has a valid point! Enjoy getting your butt kicked for doing/not doing things during the Challenge, or thinking to much, taking on too big of project , not having a RR to put any of your builds. Its all mainly about having fun with each other and everyone making something "together" and I am missing the fun this year, but its all my fault!.

      Dan I was really kidding when I said electricity for the printer, I really didnt think about the saws, lights, cauterizing tools when I said that. I am looking forward to seeing the first #d printed building and seeing how it stands the test of time on a layout. Its really getting me wanting a printer to make stuff for my layout. Rule # 1 is the main rule and most everyone seems to follow it really well>

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    • January 17, 2020 8:09 PM EST
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      Interesting, I would be very curious how well the printed materials hold up to UV light outside. 

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    • January 17, 2020 8:39 PM EST
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      Pete Lassen said:

      David has a valid point! Enjoy getting your butt kicked for doing/not doing things during the Challenge, or thinking to much, taking on too big of project , not having a RR to put any of your builds. Its all mainly about having fun with each other and everyone making something "together" and I am missing the fun this year, but its all my fault!.

      Dan I was really kidding when I said electricity for the printer, I really didnt think about the saws, lights, cauterizing tools when I said that. I am looking forward to seeing the first #d printed building and seeing how it stands the test of time on a layout. Its really getting me wanting a printer to make stuff for my layout. Rule # 1 is the main rule and most everyone seems to follow it really well>

      Pete, I only took it as a little friendly ribbing   Keep it coming 

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    • January 17, 2020 9:51 PM EST
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      Pete Lassen said:

      ....taking on too big of project...

       

        That hurts! And I never learn!

       

       

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    • January 18, 2020 4:09 PM EST
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      Dan,

       

       

      With 3D printers coming down in price, it won't be long until their presence in households could become the norm.  I really appreciate what you are doing, as it shows the art of the possible. I would opine that the rising availability of these items will probably lead to rising availability of free file sharing for basic parts like windows and doors, which could really open up the art of the possible for individuals trying to take their modeling to the next step and even companies trying to figure out how to make a go of it in the digital age (some video game companies have learned the art of sell the product then open the source code for "mods," for instance which can keep a franchise profitable for quite a while).  

       

      Print on!  

       

      Eric

    • January 18, 2020 4:13 PM EST
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      Eric Mueller said:

      Dan,

       

       

      With 3D printers coming down in price, it won't be long until their presence in households could become the norm.  I really appreciate what you are doing, as it shows the art of the possible. I would opine that the rising availability of these items will probably lead to rising availability of free file sharing for basic parts like windows and doors, which could really open up the art of the possible for individuals trying to take their modeling to the next step and even companies trying to figure out how to make a go of it in the digital age (some video game companies have learned the art of sell the product then open the source code for "mods," for instance which can keep a franchise profitable for quite a while).  

       

      Print on!  

       

      Eric

      Eric, checkout thingiverse.com

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    • January 18, 2020 4:23 PM EST
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      Awesome, Dan.  I would bet in 5-10 years LSC will have a place for the CAD-capable to post files for the rest of us to use either for the part or as a start point for individualized work.

       

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    • January 18, 2020 5:13 PM EST
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      Eric, I could see that happening much sooner.  If we had such a place available on this site now, I think there would be a lot of activity.

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    • January 18, 2020 5:36 PM EST
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      End of first week update.  All the walls are printed, roof trusses are printing literally as we speak but that will take several more days to complete, only design work left is to finish up clapboard siding and stairs, all doors and windows have been draw and just need to be printed and I still have to mill all the wood for the deck and deck support.Whats left to print: siding, winch parts, stairs, a few beams and doors and windows, I think.  106 hrs left not including siding, winch and stairs   Siding is probably another 60-75 hours, winch parts 2-3 and stairs 5-6.  Time may force me to use wood or a mixture of wood and tin for siding.

       

      All the walls have been temporarily put together with clamps.  This will give you some concept of size.

       

       

      Now its time to start permanently putting it all together.  My original plan was to simply use CA glue and that is still part of the plan.  I have another idea in mind now.  I had to order some parts in order to see if it will work.  Once I test my theory out I'll let you know what it is and how it comes out.  Film at 11:00 ...... Tuesday 

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    • January 18, 2020 7:27 PM EST
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      You are going to give Cliff a run for his 3D printed money. Looking good, Dan!

    • January 18, 2020 7:43 PM EST
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      Jim Rowson said:

      You are going to give Cliff a run for his 3D printed money. Looking good, Dan!

      Cliff has his own money??  Damn, I knew he was good, but I didn't know he had is own currency   I guess I missed out on that too   

       

      Thanks, Jim.  Cliff has a knack for the tiny details and I'm not sure I'll ever get to that level.  We'll see when I get the winch parts printed.  Its my intention that it will be a working model.  May have to tweak the printer a little to get the detail needed for that.  I just hope I can get all this printed before time is up.  Long way to go.

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    • January 19, 2020 1:05 AM EST
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      Preview of how the trusses on the main warehouse are going to look.  They are just stuck up there for the time being, I did not measure the spacing so don't start docking my pay just yet   I am printing a jig to provide the proper spacing and support the truss while its being attached to the walls.

       

       

      BTW: each print is labeled so I can keep up with where it goes and whats been printed.  I think you can make it out in the photo below.  Its '1 E2 F'.  1 stands for building 1, E2 is east wall back section and F indicates that end of the wall goes toward the front of the building.  All the prints are listed in a spreadsheet with needed quantities, qty per print, # of prints required, # prints printed, # prints remaining, print time per print and filament used per print.

       

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    • January 19, 2020 1:19 AM EST
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      Continues to look really good. Some very clever and highly organized things you are doing here. Good food for thought (jigs for spacing, labeling each individual part, and of course your overall approach).

       

      Looking forward to seeing the rest of the build. Can't you buy another printer so you can get this done faster? Sheesh! (tapping foot)

       

    • January 19, 2020 1:33 AM EST
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      Jim Rowson said:

      Continues to look really good. Some very clever and highly organized things you are doing here. Good food for thought (jigs for spacing, labeling each individual part, and of course your overall approach).

       

      Looking forward to seeing the rest of the build. Can't you buy another printer so you can get this done faster? Sheesh! (tapping foot)

       

      Thanks, Jim. Hmmm ...... another printer ...... I wonder what Momma  would say?  " Dear, Jim suggested I get another 3D printer and Jim is a very wise man and if he says I need another printer then I NEED another printer"   Since this a family site, I won't add her response 

       

      Jim I've often thought about getting another one, but I just don't need another one that often.  I do want a bigger one and I think Prusa, the maker of the one I have now, is coming out with an XL version sometime this year and I will probably get one when its available.

      This post was edited by Dan Hilyer at January 19, 2020 1:33 AM EST
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    • January 19, 2020 6:24 AM EST
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      Quite an impressive structure you've got going there Dan. To show off the work for the contest why not plan on a still under construction phase and only cover so much.

    • January 19, 2020 7:26 AM EST
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      Dan Hilyer said:

      BTW: each print is labeled so I can keep up with where it goes and whats been printed.  I think you can make it out in the photo below.  Its '1 E2 F'.  1 stands for building 1, E2 is east wall back section and F indicates that end of the wall goes toward the front of the building.  All the prints are listed in a spreadsheet with needed quantities, qty per print, # of prints required, # prints printed, # prints remaining, print time per print and filament used per print.

      This is getting way to technical for me. I lost ya on  "1 E2 F' thing.............. 

       

       

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    • January 19, 2020 10:16 AM EST
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      Awesome Dan, Just very cool. If you said what you are gluing it with I missed it.

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    • January 19, 2020 1:35 PM EST
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      David Marconi,FOGCH said:

      Quite an impressive structure you've got going there Dan. To show off the work for the contest why not plan on a still under construction phase and only cover so much.

      Hollywood, That may very well happen whether i want to or not ........ times a ticking away 

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