2017-03-04 (Sa) Pi0 Laser Tag PiTagErrUs

There were several changes to the model based on the things I saw while holding the first prints. The first change was breaking up the cover so it was four pieces instead of one. As a single piece, it took five hours to print and was prone to warping toward the end. By printing numerous flat pieces the total print time should be increased but errors can be spotted in small pieces and stopped before they waste more printer filament. This was done by cutting out the parts of the cover which weren’t being printed at that time. When they are printed, they will have to be rotated in order to lie flat.

Mounting holes and receiver blocks had to be added so the sides and cover could attach to one another. This was done with a single function that included a variable which would alternate between making a hole or making a block. This was done to ensure proper alignment between the blocks and holes.

The most obvious design change was the easiest. A metal bar will be purchased to interface with the bottom of the enclosure, the base. This bar will support the bottom accessory rail, trigger switch, and the handle. It will also add some weight to the tagger for realism. The bar will have to be drilled and tapped to accommodate the attachments.

Since a single file is still being used for all the parts it was easy to see the changes to all the parts. It may be beneficial to align the parts as they should fit together but this would not help with printing, only presentation.

All the parts of the model

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2017-02-21 (Tu)