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Benson Custom Engineering

RyanFodderRyanFodder Detroit, MI Icrontian
I mentioned in my other post that I was planning on starting a new business. The time has come for me to explain a little bit about what I plan to do! For now, this discussion will just talk about what my business will be capable of doing and not go into to much detail about how the business will be run. I will be (temporarily) moving to ICHQ in Detroit until @Malia eventually finds a job in the area.

First off, let me explain that I am a Mechanical Engineer. I have a lot of experience with machine design - what this means is that I set the specifications and approved the technical drawings for gears, castings, bearings, and assemblies. I calculated forces and stresses and made sure things fit together properly. In other words, that object / thing / widget that performs some function with physical force - I could probably figure out how it works and design it for you.

To this end - I will be purchasing a SolidWorks license. This will allow me to create 3D computer models (and drawings) of objects that I can either provide as a service or export to 3D printers or CNC mills...

Which leads me to the 3D printer that I have already purchased and will be delivered ~ mid-November. The printer I went with is a LulzBot Taz 2 that has the capability of printing PLA, ABS, and even some engineering grade plastics. With this, I can either print the finished product, or perhaps make a mold...

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With a mold, I could create wax parts which I could use to create metal cast parts. I will also be building a small cast furnace to work with aluminum, bronze, or cast iron parts. (I hope to be able to directly print to the wax part eventually.) Using aluminum or cast iron, a much wider variety of prototypes can be created - even things that are structural or create a part that can be machined into something that does a more specific purpose.

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The last thing I will be starting with is a 3D laser scanner that will be able to take an object, and turn it directly into a SolidWorks model that could be manipulated and then printed. This should help quite a bit with recreated difficult to model parts (like scroll work, complicated toys, gears, clay models, computer mice, etc.) and then allow me to spend my time customizing the model, and then printing to a customer's request. Here's a video of the 3D scanner working.


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  • shwaipshwaip bluffin' with my muffin Icrontian
    How much to 3d print @magic 's dick? Material cost shouldn't be an issue, as long as you charge by volume.
    UPSLynxTeramonaMAGICardichoke
  • RyanFodderRyanFodder Detroit, MI Icrontian
    Actually wouldn't be too hard if he could hold still long enough to scan it. Say - few hours of works worth?
  • TeramonaTeramona Baroness von Puttenham In a cute little love nest with Mymidan. Icrontian
    ... I think Dan could hold still for that long. I'll PM you to work out the details.

    (So excited for you!)
    Koreishmidga
  • PirateNinjaPirateNinja I don't know how to not Icrontian
    Open for business for less than 2 hours and you already got 2 dick orders. May need to 1099 some fluffers. Oh Icrontic.

    Congrats!
    UPSLynxJBoogaloo
  • shwaipshwaip bluffin' with my muffin Icrontian
    There has been talk of a "men of icrontic calendar" in the past. Why not a 3d calendar? days can be marked off on assorted veins and moles....
  • AlexDeGruvenAlexDeGruven Not as tall as Bobby Tallbeer. Twilight Sparkle is overrated. Meechigan Icrontian
    I was wondering how long it would take before penises became the topic. I was not disappointed.
    JBoogalooGnomeQueen
  • JBoogalooJBoogaloo This too shall pass... Alexandria, VA Icrontian
    Grats, dude! Awesome stuff!
  • d3k0yd3k0y Loveland, OH Icrontian
    Nice, I have only ever done a little bit of 3D modeling and printing in my college classes. I made some giant lego cubes as part of a project to explore tolerances to show that even with everything being the same size it can change, so some of the bits fit but some don't.

    Why did you go with SolidWorks? I was always more of a fan of SolidEdge, at least until I got into NX7 which was pretty awesome. Is it just what you are familiar with?
  • midgamidga "There's so much hot dog in Rome" ~digi (> ^.(> O_o)> Icrontian
    Solidworks? Man, if I was going in fresh like you I'd jump hard into Pro/E. Last I messed with it, you couldn't even do relational arrays in Solidworks.
    BuddyJ
  • SignalSignal Icrontian
    So you have a 3D scanner and printer and everyone here is having babies...

    Just saying, bronzing baby booties could be made outdated by bronzing a whole baby.
    MiracleManSmidgaprimesuspect
  • maliamalia Sconnie Nation Icrontian
    Signal said:

    So you have a 3D scanner and printer and everyone here is having babies...

    Just saying, bronzing baby booties could be made outdated by bronzing a whole baby.

    NO BABBIES.

  • JBoogalooJBoogaloo This too shall pass... Alexandria, VA Icrontian
    Soooooooooooooooooooooooooo...maybe I get a maya or max file of a modeled character to you and you print it for me, maybe? MAYBE?! :)
  • d3k0yd3k0y Loveland, OH Icrontian
    His entire business now is going to be 3D printing for Icrontic.
    JBoogaloo
  • AlexDeGruvenAlexDeGruven Not as tall as Bobby Tallbeer. Twilight Sparkle is overrated. Meechigan Icrontian
    You say this like it's a bad thing.

    Depending on his rates, I may have a bunch of stuff to get printed.
  • JBoogalooJBoogaloo This too shall pass... Alexandria, VA Icrontian
    I'm thinking he should go for IC Man of the Year and do it all pro bono :D
  • d3k0yd3k0y Loveland, OH Icrontian
    3inch models of classic RPG characters? Yes, please.
  • JBoogalooJBoogaloo This too shall pass... Alexandria, VA Icrontian
    I just realized this, (don't know how many gaming boners will pop, but oh well) we could actually have TF2 characters, with SPECIFIC hats and poses for our desks and other ridiculous places. They can be painted at home (think Warhammer/Necromunda type shit)



    I'm totally fucking your thread up, sorry dude. :D
    Signal
  • TushonTushon I'm scared, Coach Alexandria, VA Icrontian
    JBoogaloo said:

    I just realized this, (don't know how many gaming boners will pop, but oh well) we could actually have TF2 characters, with SPECIFIC hats and poses for our desks and other ridiculous places. They can be painted at home (think Warhammer/Necromunda type shit)



    I'm totally fucking your thread up, sorry dude. :D

    I'm pretty sure that he can't sell models for profit that are offered for sale in a similar fashion already.
    JBoogaloo
  • JBoogalooJBoogaloo This too shall pass... Alexandria, VA Icrontian
    hmmmm...as side work, maybe? Or does that not matter?
  • TushonTushon I'm scared, Coach Alexandria, VA Icrontian
    Not-for-profit probably wouldn't matter, but IANAL
  • PirateNinjaPirateNinja I don't know how to not Icrontian
    Technically he would need a license agreement to print and sell any ip -- but we are all friends. Cash only, no written requests? :3
    JBoogalooTushonSignal
  • Church4252Church4252 K-Pop authority™, Pho King Madison Heights, MI Icrontian
    Microcenter sells 3d printer spools. just a little fyi.
  • RyanFodderRyanFodder Detroit, MI Icrontian
    Wow, this blew up :D Excellent! Trying to respond to everyone:
    JBoogaloo said:

    Soooooooooooooooooooooooooo...maybe I get a maya or max file of a modeled character to you and you print it for me, maybe? MAYBE?! :)

    Sure - I'll only have one color, and I'm not good at painting so that part would be up to you. Also, see license agreement discussion.

    You say this like it's a bad thing.

    Depending on his rates, I may have a bunch of stuff to get printed.

    PM me with details and I'll see what I can do. Mostly looking to make my time and investment back - the materials are pretty low cost.
    JBoogaloo said:

    I'm thinking he should go for IC Man of the Year and do it all pro bono :D

    I can't afford to do that - I no longer have a real job :)

    To @JBoogaloo, @Tushon, @PirateNinja, @d3k0y
    RE: characters from games - I cannot openly market anything like this nor sell any IP replicas without a license. ;) ;)

    Microcenter sells 3d printer spools. just a little fyi.

    Excellent news, thanks! - I believe I can use anything that has a 3mm spool.
    JBoogaloo
  • JBoogalooJBoogaloo This too shall pass... Alexandria, VA Icrontian
    Thanks for all the info, dude! :)
  • d3k0yd3k0y Loveland, OH Icrontian
    edited Nov 2013


    RE: characters from games - I cannot openly market anything like this nor sell any IP replicas without a license. ;) ;)

    I am not saying you should sell me the figures, I mean that would be illegal without proper permission from the owner of the franchise. I am just saying if you happened to make some figures, in the shape of some well known characters and giving them away as gifts, I could see myself investing in your business... in a per piece sort of way. *wink wink*

    JBoogaloo
  • JBoogalooJBoogaloo This too shall pass... Alexandria, VA Icrontian
    Ditto...
  • CantiCanti =/= smalltime http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9K18CGEeiI&feature=related Icrontian
    Signal said:

    bronzing baby booties

    People actually do that?
  • GargoyleGargoyle Purveyor of Lincoln Nightmares Illinois Icrontian
    edited Nov 2013
    Congrats Ryanfodder! Sounds awesome!
    Canti said:

    Signal said:

    bronzing baby booties

    People actually do that?
    Only if they're smalltime and can't bronze the whole babby.

    JBoogalooGHoosdum
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