It is all detailed in the Attached pdf file,
You can use the same basic method to mold or duplicate almost any part you need for any project.
How tough is this product. My thought was the same as Simon Z about making parts. I have designed a 6 leg crawler robot. If I was to machine the parts out of aluminum it would cost me $15K at the cheapest machine shop. I am looking for more affordable alternatives.
The http://www.smooth-on.com/Urethane-Plastic-a/c5_1120_1158/index.html or the http://www.smooth-on.com/Urethane-Plastic-a/c5_1120_1157/index.html might be a better choice for a stronger more ridged frame. If you give them a call and explain your application - they can recommend the best product to use.
It might be a long process, but should be a lot cheaper than $15k. Also, once you have molds you can cast as many parts as you like.
Defiantly not, Sorry if it appears that way.
I am not affiliated with Smooth-on what so ever.
Yeh, it did appear so. You registered at the site 15min ago, and just a few min later you posted a walkthrough leaving a subtle link to some product. So i assumed it was some kind of bullocks.
Anyhow, seems you're just a new member. I guess "welcome to the LMR" is what i should say :)
I was asked by CaptainObvious from the Arduino Forum to scoot on over and post this here after reading a reply I made here
But your observation is understandable and I probably would have thought the same thing ;)
Oh, then thanks for the link. And hope you stay a while -- here at Letsmakerobots.
Regarding the post topic. Wonder if the techniuqe could be transfered easily to creating robot-frames. My first impression is that it looks like a process which might just take to long compared to other alternatives.
Thanks, this is a very interesting site, I wonder why it never came up in any of my searches over the years.
That entire project took me about 3 to 4 hours. Obviously a simple box such as this, would be much easier to simply glue 1/8 ABS sheet together, but I simply wanted to show the basic concept and versitilaty of useing the liquid plastic. For a one time thing, it may not be the best course.
If your robot frame is something you want to repeat and duplicate, I would suggest makeing a rubber mold useing the OOMOO rubber. You can then cast several frames quickly and easy. And if you already have a frame, you can use that to produce the mold. The example on makeing the lid for the box is a good way to make and replicate custom shape platforms.
Here is another example of what I use it for and shows a rubber mold. http://www.jassper.com/other/Encasing_Boards.pdf