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Wax Carving Tools

DSC08813 TEB10-004 Mill Bit
An investment in tools is required for most every craft except perhaps daydreaming. Is thinking not a type of formless tool? Let me ponder that… Just a prelude to this pricey little tool used for machine controlled (CNC) wax carving. It is an 1/8 inch shaft diameter, tapered (10 degree [total]) 0.004 inch ball end carbide milling bit. That's a mout...
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MamaCetus

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This is my favorite go-to FDM 3D printer. It just works. It's not a fast printer. Speed is not what I expect. Slow is good when the output quality is excellent.  MamaCetus has it's own slicer software and G-Code generator called UPStudio. Cetus is a printer made by Tiertime. It will also run G-Code produced by other software such as Simplify3D...
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Lost Wax Casting

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Posting here in the middle of a project. Gotta start somewhere.  Been doing LWC (Lost Wax Casting) for a few years. Created a small business called KautzCraft for the silver jewelry and any other "crafty" items I want to sell. The primary goal is to enjoy the work and to at least break even as a business. I have taken perhaps 500 to 1000 pictu...
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Mini Jewel Boxes

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These boxes are a 50% downsize of the Jewelry box shown in the previous post. One is 50% and the other is sized at 51% due to my experimentation with fitting clearances in that small of a downsize. Turns out there is no issue at all with the parts fitting together. Now there are two new boxes The big roses in the right hand insert don't print prope...
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This is a Jewel

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 Not one of my designs but it is how I would design a box like this. It is large, thick walled, and heavy. It's also printed with PLA/wood. Hatchbox brand in this case.. Presently a work-in-progress and will require a lot of material and printing time. But that is OK. I have always maintained that 3D printing is not a race to see how fast...
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Slow Is Good. Enjoy the Music

DSC08581 MamaCetus in action.
I am sitting here after filling a few on-line store orders for my customers. I am watching "MamaCetus" (My 3D Cetus (brand) printer doing her thing. She's very slow because that IS her thing, using only 150 micron layer height. BUT she is producing outstanding 3D printing. I do almost all my printing these days at 150 microns. Sometimes I drop to 1...
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Texas Bowl & Lid

DSC08570 Texas Bowl & Lid
 This is an original design I created. Both the bowl and the lid. They were drawn in Autodesk Fusion 360 and exported as  STL files. Then sliced by Simplify3D and exported as a gcode file to an SD memory card. The printing was made from the code on the SD card with my Anycubic Kossel (Delta) 3D printer. Layer height is 150 microns. Total ...
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First RD Blog

This is the first entry in the blog section of RD Forum. This isn't intended to be a YAB, Y et A nother B log so why is it here? Why not?  I have looked around my websites and discovered what has happened. I have created a separate blog in many of them. What was I thinking? So many Blog sites to maintain. It makes little sense as to which blog...
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