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BlinkMold is a device that lets an user produce high accuracy platinum cure silicone molds with the minimum of machine skills or setup.  Oh, and also double sided PCBs.

Please refer to the guerilla guide to cnc machining for ideas:

  • Figuring out the Makerslide and Experiments in Molding

    dammitcoetzee05/14/2014 at 04:58 0 comments

    I've been spending the past few days doing two things: 

    1. Looking at all the popular makerslide project and seeing how they were put together. It's a pretty simple system. My main concern is dust, but hopefully it will not be too big of an issue as long as the ways are sprayed with canned air occasionally and remain unlubricated. I may also try to cover them with baffles. I have ordered myself a nice dial indicator from ebay so I can measure the runout of the machine as I build it. Hopefully I can turn this information into rock -solid assembly instructions later. Inventables has been a great resource for this step. They are kind enough to supply many of the 3dmodels and drawings of the parts needed to assemble a makerslide system.

    2. Experimenting with mold silicones and resins in the manner described by the the guerrilla guide to cnc machining.. This has been educational. While it is a very simple process, it is messy and a vacuum chamber is required for good results. (Though this is mainly for the higher performance stuff). I have some ideas on how to simplify this process and reduce the mess.

  • Evolving Specifications Part 1

    dammitcoetzee05/07/2014 at 16:15 0 comments

    So, the specs for the machine are evolving as I go, but for now I've settled on a 6 inch X, 4 inch y, and 2 inch z build volume. While this may seem absurdly tiny for a mill, the real goal isn't for this to be a regular flexible mill. By controlling the material shape and size, I want an inexperienced user to load a bit, load the material and click make. No figuring out how to clamp, no excessive time measuring the diameter of the bit, the shank length, zeroing the parts,  or any of the other numerous and confusing things a newcomer has to know to get a successful part cnc'd.  

    A lot of work has been going to specify exactly what the blinkmold will run on mechanically. One of the goals is super high accuracy, which is easy to get if you just throw money at it. However, throwing money at it is directly opposite of the goal to make it affordable. Now, you can make it cheap and super precise if you're willing to throw time at it, but we're short on that too. Damn.

    For this, the maker-slide system has a lot to offer. In fact, I believe while the shapeoko doesn't meet a lot of the projects requirements, its basic build idea isn't too bad. It's been shown that a belted system is decently accurate and long lasting with other cnc systems like the zenbot. However, I may still go with a acme leadscrew on all the axis, especially since the build volume will be so small.

    On that note, does any one have a good list of suppliers for linear motion stuff past vxb bearings and inventables?

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Adam Fabio wrote 06/10/2014 at 05:27 point
With all the talk of 3D printers, people forget that the easiest way to make a lot of parts quickly is good old fashioned molding. Thank you for submitting BlinkMold to The Hackaday Prize! I can't wait to see the sketches CAD drawings change into pictures as your project progresses!

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