I just wanted to give an update. It has been a while since I posted and that is mostly due to nothing particularly hackaday worthy. I have been focusing mostly on fulfilling orders and shipping out parts. That has stalled some of my r&d efforts, but I am very happy to be sending the product out to customers. It has taken a while, but I am now starting to get some pictures back from them of their robots. Hopefully that continues and I can show off more and more tracked robots.
I also moved my workspace to a new area and have been slowly setting that up. The method I am using works pretty well. The aluminum molds and heated plates continue to crank out parts time after time. I am curious what the life of the molds will be, but so far am not seeing any change in part quality. The edges of the mold are getting a little banged up from prying them open. But that was expected. In the future a mold opener might be nice to have. Something that pulls the mold open evenly rather than prying it.
Since the method is working well there has not been much hacker worthy notes. When I was first starting this project I was having to make a lot of tools, develop new methods and stuff like that. But now that the system is running smooth I just sit down and start making parts. I have several thousand black parts injection molded already and I only custom make the colored parts now. So I that has reduced the number of parts I am making by hand too.
One area that is interesting is prolonging the life of the resin. But I will post on that in a seperate log. Thank you to all the support.