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Bronze Casting Walkthrough Videos From QC Colab

QC Colab is awesome. They made bronze coins by taking a mold of a MakerBotted coin and then pouring bronze into it to make their own custom bronze coins. They are back with two walkthrough videos so that anyone with the bravery to hook up a vacuum cleaner and liquid propane to a custom made forge make things out of molten metal.

Check out these videos and leave them some nice comments. It’s great that they are sharing their wisdom so that anyone can turn MakerBotted ABS 3D prints into METAL.

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  • MauiMaker
    October 24, 2010 at 6:29 pm
     

    trackback: Bronze Casting from Makerbot Printed Original to this, and previous article.

     
  • zee
    October 24, 2010 at 7:33 pm
     

    this video makes me so happy! nice!

     
  • Weekly Digest for October 29th « The StrangeMinds of SmilyBorg
    October 29, 2010 at 10:00 am
     

    [...] Shared Bronze Casting Walkthrough Videos From QC Colab. [...]

     
  • rick hatfield
    November 13, 2010 at 9:04 am
     

    bronze casting is a pain no matter how you do it, but a different approach suggests itself. there is this stuff called metal clay; it’s made of metal powder in an organic binder. you mold it like clay, fire it in a kiln or with a blow torch, the organic stuff burns away, and you have a solid metal object. metal clay also comes as a paste packed into syringes for extrusion.
    i wonder if this kind of thing could be adapted for printing. you could print a block of the organic material (and plastic is nothing but an artificial organic) with the metal particles embedded in the appropriate places. then you just fire it and voila. and because you’re printing a block, you could make much trickier shapes.
    of course it would still have some limitations. the organic probably wouldn’t be able to burn out of a totally enclosed cavity. but for solid object it should work just fine.

     
  • Twotimes
    November 13, 2010 at 3:43 pm
     

    Hey rick,

    Even better, print in metal clay with the frostruder!

     
 

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