Ok, as promised I am back on track with the latest news on the K9 Perma-VAT. : ) After much debating, have decided to go with ALUMINUM for the final design, for multiple reasons. Although polycarb would probably last a lifetime with standard B9 resins, it seems other aftermarket resins such as makerjuice CAN indeed begin to take devastating a toll certain plastics, perhaps even on poly, - In addition, someone also presented claims that alcohol could (might) also possibly eventually effect the POLY? Given all of this, plus unknowns such as oven heating/cooling over time, Plastic is officially out. Good news is ALUMINUM is an even better choice.
Due to multiple requests, I am now committed to making this happen, so may as well do it right the first time. Built to last a lifetime, and yes the glass is replaceable if ever necessary.
Final design optimizations in ALUMINUM are now COMPLETE and am ready to cut the first PROTOTYPE this weekend. YAY! Same identical features as my first POLY pictured above, and according to rhino it's right on target weight-wise, - (took some doing) and yes, best of all it has identical double-waterfall PDMS saver features!
The other consideration with ALUMINUM is to ANODIZE PLATE or not? It's kind of expensive for a small batch, but worth it in my opinion. Keep in mind the build table is ANODIZED aluminum as well. Will have to see how it goes and doing so will add another week or so to the process. Your thoughts? Color choices?
Will also be sending Mike one of these once I get a small batch completed, so he can get in on this as well if he so chooses?
After the first prototype is complete
, the plan is to continue forward and produce a batch of 25 in order to cover the initial tooling, material and yes probably plating costs, (again, might as well do it right to start with).
Will update with pics as soon as I get the first one done. Could be as soon as THIS WEEKEND -but depends on how fast I can get the mill programming done and multiple fixtures created and set up. Always takes longer than you want it to. REALISTICALLY Will probably take 2 more weekends just to pioneer the first one,
but after that I can set up and mass produce a small batch relatively quickly.
Anyways, if you are potentially among the interested, please feel free to message me with a one sentence reply. No commitment necessary. A few folks are already waiting. No orders until they are ready to ship,
but will be contacting the folks first who contacted me by messages/above posts/ or emails first. Should know pricing and availability once I get the first one done,- and YES there is still A TON of work to be done, (smiles) but my weekends are now freed up for now. and I am finally ready to double-dog down and get choppin!
Smiles and laughs, Kirk ---- firstname.lastname@example.org ------