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June 2017

 

Wednesday, 14 June, 2017

My '49 Plymouth is starting to act up. It bucks and sputters when it is hot and going up hill. I took it over to Pete's last Thursday and we tried to diagnose the problem. Three of the cylinders are at 90 PSI and 3 are at 40%, 40% and 20%. The rings appear to be in good shape, so I am now looking for someone that can do a valve job on a flathead 6. I won't drive it to any events until I can get the engine running properly again.


I think I know why I am having trouble locating ivory-colored filament for my 3D printer. I suspect that the word 'ivory' is no longer 'politically correct', so retailers are now calling that color 'natural'. I have ordered a spool of it to see if I am correct. If, I'm not correct, I can use it for any other projects that come to mind. It's not like it will go to waste!


Quote of the day:

Text processing has made it possible to right-justify any idea, even one which cannot be justified on any other grounds.
     J. Finnegan, USC

Silly sign of the day:


Free/Open Source Software


Hobby Stuff


Security Theater/"Intellectual Property"/Big Brother

Friday, 9 June, 2017

Have you ever had contact with someone who never says in five words what they can say in 500? I worked with someone like that at our gem show. It was really frustrating, as I was trying to impart important information to gem show attendees and he insisted in basically gabbing. Grrr.

Despite that, we had a very good gem show. We had 868 admissions and lots of good comments on the show. The vendors were happy, as everyone was in a buying mood.


Four weeks ago, I ordered some ivory colored filament and some salmon colored filament, so I could print the gear shift knob for my '52 Plymouth and some window knobs for a friend's 1950 Ford. Some filament arrived on the 5th and it was the wrong color; clear instead of salmon. I'm not going to complain, though, as it was only 99 cents. The ivory filament arrived on the 8th and there was just enough to print my gearshift knob.


Quote of the day:

Sure there are dishonest men in local government. But there are dishonest men in national government too.
     Richard M. Nixon

Silly sign of the day:


Free/Open Source Software


Security Theater/"Intellectual Property"/Big Brother

Thursday, 1 June, 2017

I'm going to have a busy weekend and week. On Friday, I will help set up for the Gem and Mineral Show. I will also attend a car show at Woodland Middle School, from 10:30 to 1:00.

On Saturday and Sunday, I will be working all day at the Gem and Mineral Show at the fairgrounds. On Monday is the Paul Bunyon Hayden cruise (with vintage trailers). On Tuesday, the first Cinderella Custom cruise of 2017 is in Post Falls, and on Wednesday, there is a cruise at Paul Bunyon Rathdrum. Like I said, busy week.


I have created and 3D printed a gear shift knob for my 1952 Plymouth. Initially, I put the model on its side to print, since I knew there wasn't enough surface area for it to stick to the printer bed. That produced an acceptable knob, but there were distinct patterns in the plastic where the support was attached, and where the printer finished the object.

So, instead of printing it on its side, I put the large end facing down. I than printed that with a raft underneath it and support material next to it. Not only did it print, but the result was 50 times better than the one where it layed on its side, and will require much less sanding for an acceptable result. Just goes to show that how you position the object to be printed is as important as the object itself.

If the filament I ordered for this part ever shows up, I will print it again in ivory-colored plastic.

I have also created and printed window knobs for a 1950 Ford, as my friend Bob has no passenger-side window knob. I am also waiting on the proper plastic for those parts.


I finally decided to print a 3D benchmark on my Creality CR-10, to compare against other printers. This may be an unfair comparison, but


3D Benchy from my CR-10

Benchy from under $200 3D Printer

I have a small problem with stringing, but you have to admit mine came out way better than theirs.


Quote of the day:

Some people like my advice so much that they frame it upon the wall instead of using it.
     Gordon R. Dickson

Silly sign of the day:


Free/Open Source Software


Hobby Stuff


Security Theater/"Intellectual Property"/Big Brother