Here is a list of all the postings Ron Colvin has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: Have You considered getting a 3D printer|
I brought a Creality ender 3 pro last February to produce components for small scale railway modelling.
For this, I found the finish of the printed components too coarse for the intended purpose.
In the future I will be looking at resin 3D printers to fulfil my original requirements.
I have found the Creality useful for producing jigs and templates though.
Here are a couple of images of items for a 1/10th scale garden railway diorama that I used the printer to produce.
|Thread: New Covid Rules|
Or have a segregation of the generations,. Sixteen to Thirty year old's get to live in Partyland. Once turning thirty, unlike in Logan's Run, they are not euthanized, but are expelled into Oldiesland, where there is no more partying, ever!.
|Thread: Grumpy old men|
|Thread: Please Avoid Political and Partisan Issues|
One of those to rule out would seem to be obvious, I can not though identify what the second one would be.
|Thread: Changes to Fusion 360 Terms|
Onshape changed their terms and conditions for non-commercial users from what they were when the product was initially launched some time ago. They did not reduce functionality in any way. To continue to use the product for free, required allowing anything you create with the program to be available for public accessibility.
This did not concern me in any way. As I am only using the program for hobby purposes. If I was creating a product that I wished to make money from, then it would be only right that I should pay to use the professional version of Onshape.
|Thread: What rivet to use to join aluminium?|
|Thread: Strength of Beams|
Edited By Ron Colvin on 10/09/2020 13:14:59
Edited By Ron Colvin on 10/09/2020 12:41:10
|Thread: New Moderators|
Bioler is a combination of letters that looks like it should be an actual word. I Google searched it to see if it was, Googles reply, "do you mean boiler".
My first thought on what a bioler could be, was, a musical instrument controlled by biorhythms.
Then I found out that there appears to be a US patent for such a device.
My final conclusion, I spend far too much time Googling trivia.
|Thread: Battleship Grey|
Just to tip another can of worms into the saucepan, there is the school of thought that a scale model should not be painted in the same shade of paint as the full size prototype. The reasoning being that visual depth perception would indicate that the colours used, should be made a lighter shade that is based upon the reduced scale of the model.
Unless they are German automotive engineers, in which case they will do it for €2.22.
|Thread: Model horse|
Carousel horses are a somewhat different beast to the farm variety. Which means that you may have to model them yourself. 3D printing is one route to take, but you would need to use a 3D modelling program that is amenable to figurine modelling. The gaining of competency in the use of such a program can entail a steep learning curve. An alternative for someone with good hand tool using skills, would be to wood carve them.
|Thread: Message from the prime minister|
The P.M. should not require a workshop to pursue his model making hobby. The kitchen table and a few woodworking/crafting tools should serve his purpose in the construction of model buses from wine boxes .
|Thread: Change to the Code of Conduct|
As for "the desire among users for a more modern platform". I don't consider myself either a Luddite or a dinosaur, but have over the years become used to the ME/MEW forum user interface, and do not find any inadequacies within it that would justify a change.
|Thread: Source of CNC plastic for software proving purposes|
Yes, if you have the right gear.
With wax you can recycle it in a domestic oven, if the management is not looking.
Machinable wax has one attribute that aluminium does not.
You can collect your swarf, and cast it into new blocks to use again.
|Thread: 3D printer recommendations|
I received my Ender 3 Pro in February. The assembly went well, and I stood back to admire my work, then experienced one of those slap the forehead and emit doh! moments.
At first I found that the prints would not adhere to the heated bed, then realised that the default temperature was set at 16 degrees C, increasing that to 60 cured the problem.
The other problem that I had was with the slicer, I wanted to use Cura, but being a 64bit program, I could not install it on my old 32bit desktop machine, nor was it possible to install it on my chromebook. The solution I found was to use AstroPrint, **LINK** which is a cloud based 3d printing operating system using Cura as the slicing software. It is free for non commercial users.
I believe that the beer should deserve an adjective too, strong, tasty etc.
|Thread: DVLA Scam|
This is not a process that I am happy with, the automatic annual extracting of payment from a debit card once you have used it once.
I used to pay my Model Engineer annual subscription by cheque, and each year received a reminder that the subscription required renewing. One year I paid by debit card instead, and since then it has been automatically renewed.
Maybe there is way to opt out of this procedure, but I would much rather that it was configured so that you had to opt in.
|Thread: Old Computers - why do people bother|
I first used Autocad on a Apricot PC, the computer had neither a hard drive or a maths co-processor. The version of Autocad that I used (v2.03) ran off a 3.5" floppy disk. Later on, to speed things up, l bought a second hand 8087 processor.
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