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Post#21 » Tue Oct 01, 2013 2:59 am

Looks great, I am interested.

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Post#22 » Tue Oct 01, 2013 2:48 pm

please add me to your list

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Post#23 » Tue Oct 01, 2013 3:03 pm

Quote from kirkrhino on October 1, 2013, 07:47
Sure thing Ross, thanks for your interest..

Sneak Peek! Making good progress! Still need second ops and PDMS insert. More soon- Kirk

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looks real good.. add me to the list for 2 please

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Post#24 » Wed Oct 02, 2013 10:46 pm

Please! add me to the list too.

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Post#25 » Fri Oct 04, 2013 10:12 pm

Kirk due to an unfortunate security issue I ask that my new name RossW be substituted for Ross.
I am still eager to buy your new vats when you have them available.

Ross

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Post#26 » Mon Oct 07, 2013 2:35 am

I also would be interested in one of your vats.

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Post#27 » Mon Oct 07, 2013 3:43 am

I'm interested in one or two as well. Those look great.

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Post#28 » Mon Oct 07, 2013 4:31 am

I would take some as well!

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Post#29 » Mon Oct 07, 2013 8:36 am

I am in for one as well. $?
cheers,

-Jonathan

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Post#30 » Mon Oct 07, 2013 2:56 pm

Hello Krik

I am interested in 2 Vats
Thanks

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Post#31 » Wed Oct 09, 2013 10:04 am

DIBS! Put me on the list!

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Post#32 » Fri Oct 11, 2013 6:30 am

Please count me in for 2 or 3 please.

Antonio

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Post#33 » Fri Oct 11, 2013 11:18 am

Please, count me in for 2 or 3.

Thanks.

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Post#34 » Fri Oct 11, 2013 11:19 am

oops. sory for the double post.

(I REALLY want it :-) )

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Post#35 » Tue Oct 15, 2013 5:33 am

Thanks everyone for your patience, the prototype is 99% complete and just a few more weeks until they will be available. Still need to make a precision glass cutting device so I can get the glass +0 -.005 inches, machine the PDMS inserts, and then some test printing and it will be time to begin production, FINALLY! : ) Everything looks good and everything is coming along without a hitch. Layouts, vice jaws, jigs and tooling needed are near complete as well. Material is on hand and ready to cut.
There are some pics of the first design and the new one, The "ball" design was OK but a bit too much, so I re did from scratch so it is much lighter, and easier on the eye. Weighs in at a mere .906lbs (that's 14.496 ounces- OR 411 grams), (but without glass and insert)! So weight is right on target 100%.

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Or gallery here:

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Still need to make a few optimizations in the programing for batch run and I should have the pricing at that point. Will definitely be reasonable and within everyone's reach. Figured out a cool way to make leveling fast and easy as well. This has been quite an adventure!

Also, for those who enjoy high resolution 50xy printing, -good news is I have another cool idea on the way as far as further PDMS saving is concerned, inspired by Keith the Cadwax guy- and should make precision projector placement quick and simple. More on that later..

Working every chance I get to make this all happen as quickly as humanly possible. Vats should be available in 2-4 weeks, depending on how much time I can get in at the shop I work at. Will contact all interested parties a few days in advance so everyone has equal chance at them as they come on line.
Best regards, Kirk

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Post#36 » Tue Oct 15, 2013 5:58 am

GREAT WORK!

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Post#37 » Tue Oct 15, 2013 5:58 am

GREAT WORK!

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Post#38 » Tue Oct 15, 2013 6:38 am

Looks great, can't wait!

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Post#39 » Tue Oct 15, 2013 6:40 am

OK one last detail. I guess I should just go ahead and post this as well.

Have not set an official final price yet so please don't quote me on this until I can get everything added up and machine time/cost calculated into the picture.

EDIT 1/2014
Please see update on pricing below this paragraph..:

Should be around $125 complete with small digital pocket scale and glass leveling accessory. The PDMS saving feature requires toaster oven at this point, until and unless I can come up with a way to make it work without one. (Have not had ta chance to experiment with this yet but may be possible as well)? Small discount if you order two @ $230 (but only one scale and leveler this way).
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*** UPDATE ON PRICING for 2014, for folks not already on the list*****
Originally quoted this amount before having to add the side window, that adds quite a bit more work and extra cost for glass, Therefore for 2014 the new prices are as follows: $150 each or two for $275 plus shipping.

Note: Pricing only applies to those who wanted them after January, 2014***** If you already PMed or emailed me or posted before this date, you are set with the original pricing. Will confirm with those folks shortly to secure those orders.
Happy New Year!

*** Thanks so much for your support and interest********
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When using low volume mix of PDMS,a small grams scale becomes necessary for precise and accurate portioning. Am pretty sure that's about rock bottom considering all production costs, Hopefully it won't be more than that -don't think so- this way everyone who wants one can afford it.
Subject to change if necessary, but probably pretty close. Just want to make sure I have all my costs and machining times calculated once production run begins. These take quite a bit of time to make, a lot of work and many steps go into this. Perhaps a few dollars off in kit form for the do it yourself folks as well? Price does not include shipping and subject to change, will know more in a couple of weeks!

Hope that helps! Can't take order requests until they are ready to ship, but all will be informed a few days ahead of time.

Best regards, Kirk

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Post#40 » Tue Oct 15, 2013 6:52 am

Thanks Kirk,
This sounds great. Myself I have 3 digital scales, a balance beam scale, a carat,grm,ounce scale and 2 pocket scales at this point.
you can hang on to the pocket scale if you like. I would think that most jewelers have the scales needed. It is just a suggestion at this point but if it saves money I am all for that.
then again I am willing to pay the 125 with or with out the scale. it looks pretty much indestructible. I would be more interested in an extra glass plate in case something happens to the one that comes with it.
you Rock man thank you.
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