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Nick Clarke 308/02/2021 13:25:45
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Anyone ever used one of these? *Link*

Useful or not?

 

Edited By Nick Clarke 3 on 08/02/2021 13:27:12

Grindstone Cowboy08/02/2021 13:28:29
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Just looks like a soldering iron with a smooth flat tip - can imagine it would take a steady hand and a lot of care to get anything like a good finish.

Rob

Journeyman08/02/2021 13:46:53
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Seems like a very effective tool for quickly ruining a nice 3D printdevil

John

Tim Stevens08/02/2021 14:29:23
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I once saw a big casting (over 6 x 6 x 6 feet) being smoothed using the same principle, but with a big electric arc and an air jet. Very spectacular and - I guess - more effective that this soldering-iron thingy.

Tim

John Haine08/02/2021 14:50:01
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Looks very like the tool I bought years ago for sticking plastic film to model airframes, though that was mains powered. Being USB powered this must be a bit limited in heat output.

Dave Halford08/02/2021 17:30:03
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Posted by John Haine on 08/02/2021 14:50:01:

Looks very like the tool I bought years ago for sticking plastic film to model airframes, though that was mains powered. Being USB powered this must be a bit limited in heat output.

Where I come from they were called mini travel irons, teflon coated base and a only fiver

Nick Clarke 308/02/2021 17:38:39
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Posted by John Haine on 08/02/2021 14:50:01:

Looks very like the tool I bought years ago for sticking plastic film to model airframes, though that was mains powered. Being USB powered this must be a bit limited in heat output.

I used a similar mains powered device as a tacking iron for photo mounting tissue to hold the tissue in place before mount, print and tissue were all placed in a mounting press and fixed for good.

Old tech now I suspect.

My own first thoughts were with Journeyman's above, hence my question.

Neil Wyatt09/02/2021 14:35:24
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I can imagine it's handy for ornamental jobs and maybe welding thermoplastics, but I suspect that it's not too useful for anything where dimensional accuracy or small detail is involved.

Neil

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