Ramblin' Dan's Workshop

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Did I Mention, They Are Hollow?

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The finished smiling owls all polished up and with their pendant jump ring and bails in place. Did I mention they are hollow? If solid it would act like a wrecking ball as the wearer moved around! One feller is laid back to show off the lack of interior mass. They are about 25 MM in height. Sightly ...
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Dawn of a New Silver Casting Era?

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I have been experimenting with 3D printing to make masters for my investment casting. Called "lost wax casting" when the master is wax. The 3D print is a form of plastic. These happy owls are the first reasonable casting. They are thin and hollow. Fresh out of the investment, the black is fire scale...
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Hi Quality 3D

The next workshop tool is a Wanhao DLP 3D printer. It is a very high resolution 3D printer that uses UV light sensitive resin to create solid 3D objects. My action plan is to test run it for awhile until I master or fully understand the operation and it capabilities. Then it will be used for making ...wanhaod7red 2
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What I have done!

The lost wax silver casting I started posting on this site was "spun off" to its own blog at KautzCraft.com . I started a small business selling the silver jewelry I have been making with lost wax casting. I am already retired so this is not a life sustaining income project. Unlike some hobby/small ...
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Stepping Up Again

You may know I have two near identical Taig Micro-mills. My first one is well over a decade in age. I use MACH3 controller software running in Win7 and using a USB SmoothStepper with a home made controller. My newer mill is less than two years old and uses MACH 3 as well running in WinXp Pro and dir...
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