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by kirkrhino
Sun May 11, 2014 5:42 pm
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: GEN 2 ALUMINUM "KAT VAT" coming soon!
Replies: 501
Views: 89737

GEN 2 ALUMINUM "KAT VAT" coming soon!

Also Tim, In the picture where the PDMS has come up- you will want to make sure you TRIM the PDMS -BEFORE- you remove the DAM, as looks like it got pulled up when removing the dam? If you trim it first, then remove the "dam" you created and should keep that from happening again. Hope that helps, and...
by kirkrhino
Sun May 11, 2014 4:45 pm
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: GEN 2 ALUMINUM "KAT VAT" coming soon!
Replies: 501
Views: 89737

GEN 2 ALUMINUM "KAT VAT" coming soon!

Hi AK, Hi Tim, The blue spacer/partition is not designed for oven temperatures could possibly melt or deform, as it's designed as a temporary partition for the "PDMS saver" method. Best adhesion by cleaning with alcohol prior to coating if desired for best stick. : ) Oven temperatures can vary, have...
by kirkrhino
Sun May 11, 2014 3:01 pm
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: GEN 2 ALUMINUM "KAT VAT" coming soon!
Replies: 501
Views: 89737

GEN 2 ALUMINUM "KAT VAT" coming soon!

@Metalcaster-sent you PM @behold#D Now that Mike has introduced the new I-beam method, these can now be coated in 3 different ways. Regular like the original vats, PDMS Saver, and the new I-beam method as discussed here: http://www.b9c.com/support/?mingleforumaction=viewtopic&t=1703 Your choice, but...
by kirkrhino
Sun May 11, 2014 6:22 am
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: GEN 2 ALUMINUM "KAT VAT" coming soon!
Replies: 501
Views: 89737

GEN 2 ALUMINUM "KAT VAT" coming soon!

Hello Capin, sending you PM with more info.
by kirkrhino
Fri May 09, 2014 10:08 am
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: GEN 2 ALUMINUM "KAT VAT" coming soon!
Replies: 501
Views: 89737

GEN 2 ALUMINUM "KAT VAT" coming soon!

Thanks Panda! Glad you like it. :) DanielV and AlexSmith, sending you PM's here in minute. And yes, @ Alex bare aluminum is not the way to go, must be plated like the build table (anodized). My design requires CNC milling machine, but there are files in the open source section for reference if you h...
by kirkrhino
Tue May 06, 2014 7:55 pm
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: GEN 2 ALUMINUM "KAT VAT" coming soon!
Replies: 501
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GEN 2 ALUMINUM "KAT VAT" coming soon!

Yes Jeremy, good timing as yes you are next and I do have one on hand and ready to go, will send you out and invoice. : )
by kirkrhino
Tue May 06, 2014 9:58 am
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: GEN 2 ALUMINUM "KAT VAT" coming soon!
Replies: 501
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GEN 2 ALUMINUM "KAT VAT" coming soon!

Deep breaths Robert! : ) It's physically impossible for the resin to cause oxidation on the plated surface, that much I do know for sure. Thanks for your continued testing and reporting, I greatly appreciate it. The proof is in the pudding as they say- so I appreciate all you do to confirm the actua...
by kirkrhino
Mon May 05, 2014 10:15 pm
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: GEN 2 ALUMINUM "KAT VAT" coming soon!
Replies: 501
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GEN 2 ALUMINUM "KAT VAT" coming soon!

Thanks guys! Glad you like them! Robert, no need to keep your fingers crossed, there is absolutely zero chance for casting problems, am willing to bet my life on it. It's 100% impossible for there to be -even the slightest remote chance- for casting problems..(now that the VAT is plated). Just s...
by kirkrhino
Fri Apr 25, 2014 7:00 am
Forum: Official News and Updates
Topic: v1.2 pre-order / JCK Las Vegas show pricing
Replies: 69
Views: 18507

v1.2 pre-order / JCK Las Vegas show pricing

Cool! Sounds awesome, good to hear it!
by kirkrhino
Fri Apr 25, 2014 6:31 am
Forum: Official News and Updates
Topic: v1.2 pre-order / JCK Las Vegas show pricing
Replies: 69
Views: 18507

v1.2 pre-order / JCK Las Vegas show pricing

Awesome Mike!

Aluminum and glass VAT! YAY! Love it! :)

Best, Kirk
by kirkrhino
Fri Apr 25, 2014 5:32 am
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: GEN 2 ALUMINUM "KAT VAT" coming soon!
Replies: 501
Views: 89737

GEN 2 ALUMINUM "KAT VAT" coming soon!

Hello everyone, Thanks for all the kind words and encouragement! Sorry been slow to respond staying focused on these and off the computer as much as possible. : ) Started out a bit slow but finally made a dent this week. The assembly process is long and tedious, but beginning to fall into the rhythm...
by kirkrhino
Fri Apr 18, 2014 8:42 am
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: GEN 2 ALUMINUM "KAT VAT" coming soon!
Replies: 501
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GEN 2 ALUMINUM "KAT VAT" coming soon!

Hello folks, Just a few quick pics, and updates. Here are some of the plated parts.. Once the tapping process was finished up= used hot soap and water and then an acetone bath to insure parts are super clean and ready to assemble. http://i.imgur.com/hB4P7Ti.jpg http://i.imgur.com/siszyUQ.jpg http://...
by kirkrhino
Fri Apr 11, 2014 3:38 pm
Forum: B9R-1-Cherry
Topic: Does resin go bad?
Replies: 66
Views: 10484

Does resin go bad?

Hello everyone, Also wanted to add that in general those who left the resin in long term have mixed or bad results, so better safe to use your acrylic VAT or a replacement so you won't have to take any chances when it comes casting costs. Perhaps coating the floor and removing resin after printing i...
by kirkrhino
Fri Apr 11, 2014 6:19 am
Forum: B9R-1-Cherry
Topic: Does resin go bad?
Replies: 66
Views: 10484

Does resin go bad?

Just wanted to give a final update on this matter. My final determination and recommendation is NOT to use the DOUBLE DOG VATS for metal casting even if you coat the entire floor. Please revert to your plastic VATs if you are casting metal. Have already made arrangements for several free replacement...
by kirkrhino
Fri Apr 11, 2014 4:16 am
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: GEN 2 ALUMINUM "KAT VAT" coming soon!
Replies: 501
Views: 89737

GEN 2 ALUMINUM "KAT VAT" coming soon!

Thanks mbroden! Hello everyone, Quick update: Platers finished yesterday so will be threading the walls and finishing those up this weekend. Just a few odds and ends, some hardware and accessories to put together still, but assembly/shipping is on track to begin next week. Both mills are open so hop...
by kirkrhino
Wed Apr 02, 2014 4:31 am
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: GEN 2 ALUMINUM "KAT VAT" coming soon!
Replies: 501
Views: 89737

GEN 2 ALUMINUM "KAT VAT" coming soon!

Thanks for the input and suggestions guys, all is in order and going extremely smoothly this round! :)
by kirkrhino
Tue Apr 01, 2014 11:59 am
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: GEN 2 ALUMINUM "KAT VAT" coming soon!
Replies: 501
Views: 89737

GEN 2 ALUMINUM "KAT VAT" coming soon!

Hi AK- Yes.. I called the platers just to verify what I already know from may years of experience.. and I do consider them the ultimate experts in this case, since they plate thousands of parts a day... : ) What I am ordering is hard anodize and they have an option to only add about .001 to the thic...
by kirkrhino
Tue Apr 01, 2014 6:56 am
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: GEN 2 ALUMINUM "KAT VAT" coming soon!
Replies: 501
Views: 89737

GEN 2 ALUMINUM "KAT VAT" coming soon!

Hi Rabs, yes thanks, had considered that, and perhaps that's a better choice in this case? The platers we work with are usually pretty good and have been doing this for 25 plus years without such issues, but yes when we used a different vendor years ago we had instances where when they didn't flush ...
by kirkrhino
Tue Apr 01, 2014 5:58 am
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: GEN 2 ALUMINUM "KAT VAT" coming soon!
Replies: 501
Views: 89737

GEN 2 ALUMINUM "KAT VAT" coming soon!

Just a few fun pics from KAT VAT production last weekend: New layout from scratch started Friday, ended with 24 hour shift on Sunday..lol.. Special thanks goes out to redbull. : ) http://i.imgur.com/v184oAZ.jpg http://i.imgur.com/WAvjDVo.jpg http://i.imgur.com/8w706Q3.jpg http://i.imgur.com/spIGE8S....
by kirkrhino
Sun Mar 30, 2014 5:25 am
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: GEN 2 ALUMINUM "KAT VAT" coming soon!
Replies: 501
Views: 89737

GEN 2 ALUMINUM "KAT VAT" coming soon!

HI Robert, Did research powder coatings way back thinking I could do it myself, Harbor freight often has sales on cheap powder coating units...however maker juice seems to love to destroy poly, and power coatings are poly based so I figured against it.. It would probably be fine for Mike’s resins? W...

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