Monday, June 22, 2015

Want To Know What I'm Waiting For?


3D printed moulding planes.

It could be a big thing!!

I know, you think the plastic would wear out quickly, be soft and difficult.

The perfect plastic already exists. I help put it in nearly everyday I work in the hospital helping Orthopedic surgeons implant total joint replacements into hips, knees, shoulders, elbows, and ankles. Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene, laboratory tested to hold up to twenty years of continuous pressure, friction, and wear. It does have issues with exposure to UV radiation but something like a carbon fiber skin would solve that and and maybe other issues.  

I'm not the engineer I'm standing in as the idea guy. 

Old, historic planes of the past, scanned in and reproduced. Impervious to moisture and humidity changes yet inexpensive enough you can still drill a hang hole through them and feel zero guilt. CNC plane blades could be matched up to the computed profile exactly, no fine tuning, no guess work. Just straight usable planes cheep, customized, and delivered right to your shop. 

Hell you could probably get them from a vending machine at your local Home Depot or Lowes!

With this technology how cheep can a full set of hollows and rounds get? Think about it. Skewed blades. Custom coloring. Logos. Customization of profiles. Customization of bed angles to deal with difficult grains and woods. Print on demand. Thousands of "historic" profiles to select from.

I want in on the ground floor of this. Whoever picks this up and runs with it owes me at least one of every plane they produce so lets make this happen folks. Are any of the Chinese manufacturing corporations I get a dozen (or more) emails a week from really listening? Time to put your Yuan where your mouth is.

Ratione et Passionis
Oldwolf

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  2. Adam Cherubini talked about this years ago. No one listened.

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    1. I miss Adam's voice and style. I tried to read most anything he had to say for a long time, it is possible that's where the seed of this became planted in my mind.

      To be honest though, I hate this idea and my tongue in cheek words here aligns with the times my reminds me that mostly, I'm the only one who thinks I'm funny.

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    2. I got it, Derek. You are funny.

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  3. It creeps though. Better to put some UHMW-PE sticky tape on the sole of one. :)

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