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 Post subject: Trimmed Perfection
PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2008 8:05 pm 
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Some things take awhile to needle the mind enough to get its attention, so for those who haven't yet found this out for themselves, here's today's tip of the hour:

Some parts are best trimmed to their finish edge AFTERWARD.

Take thin axles. Or tiny gun barrels. When small, creating these rolled cylinders can be impossible until you realize you cut the parts out with enough margin to get the rolling started, then trim to the finish gluing edge AFTER getting the piece's curl established.

Small cones are more easily manipulated into shape by leaving twin "handles" sticking out away from the notch that when pulled across each other instantly shape the cone and give you something to keep the cone clamped into shape with until the glue dries. Then the "handles" are snipped off AFTERWARD.

In short - give some thought to HOW the pieces that will need shaping or manipulation will be held onto in the shaping, or what the fingers will grasp when positioning small pieces, and cut the pieces from the paper with margins and tangs large enough to allow the manipulation and grasping (and also prevent marring of the piece's finish surface).

Now, many models are printed in such manner that keeping a tang or margin would mean slicing into an adjacent piece - and in those situations get extra paper and make multiple printouts. Paper and ink is (relatively) cheap compared to keeping sane while gluing up those half millimeter fiddly bits.

Hope this helps out -

Mark Baird
Alameda CA

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2008 11:15 pm 
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hmmmmm...that sounds like a great tip...thanks..... :D :D

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