Archive for April, 2014

Production Update #2

Posted: April 29, 2014 in News
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Today marks the arrival of the last batch of 3-D printed parts. I’m happy to say that they’ve come out looking really good and I’m already at work getting them cleaned up and ready for casting. Mike and I will be going back into the studio next week, and we should be coming back with lots of individual molds for new parts as well as another batch of production-scale molds. Casting with the existing molds is ongoing, and the results have been good – with fewer miscasts than I had estimated.

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One of my equipment suppliers has managed to track down one of the last tools I needed (for cutting the corner columns) and the raw materials for the columns is now on order. My employer at Sentry Box has generously lent me a bunch of modular shelving, so I’ve got lots of room for demolded parts to cure.

I’m pretty psyched to have all these parts in hand, and I can’t wait to get all the molds up and running. Expect another update in the next week or two as I get set to ramp up production.

Cheers,

-Chris

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Production Update #1

Posted: April 20, 2014 in News
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My apologies for not posting an update sooner after the campaign finished, but as you might understand I was rather busy :D

I’ve decided to repost production updates from the campaign here, so that anyone interested who isn’t a backer can still find them easily (plus, this blog is supposed to be about the hobby-related stuff I’m up to, and I’d say this qualifies…)

So, here’s Production Update #1:

I’m happy to report that things are already moving ahead quickly. Uncle Mike has spent a productive couple days in the studio, churning out lots of new molds. This includes the individual part molds for some of the new parts you saw a few updates ago, as well as the first round of production-level molds for the first three building designs you saw featured in the Kickstarter.

All of the new molds have entered casting, and entirely on my own equipment – while there’s still equipment I need to cast at full speed (high-quality pressure pots are scarce in Canada), this confirms that the setup I have works and can be ramped up to produce buildings en masse.

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This pile of parts is from just five production molds – less than the capacity of a single pot load! With lots more molds and another pressure pot, I should be able to crank out buildings at top speed.

Here’s the first couple of casts for the new parts (still in need of trimming, though), which will be used to lay out the production molds:

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A sneak peek at the production molds themselves…

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And in other news, I’ve received notice that the last batch of printed parts has been shipped. Once it arrives, the frenzy of moldmaking will continue.

Thanks for reading!

-Chris

 

Seven Days

Posted: April 2, 2014 in News
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It’s been quite a ride, and now there’s only one week left in the Kickstarter campaign. The project has come a long way since it first started, so here’s a quick review of all the shiny stuff I’ve managed to cram in there:

Lots of unlocked buildings…

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And some new custom add-ons…

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And with seven days left, even I don’t know where we’ll end up. For more info, you can find the campaign right here.

Thanks for your support and thanks for reading!

-Chris