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  1. 10 hours ago, HyReZ said:

    I created dozens of 3D files in a software from Micrografx called Simply 3D. Micrografx was bought by igrafx, that became Right Hemisphere. I have not found a rendering app that can open Simply 3D's .sd3 file format. I can run Simply 3D on a Windows 7 or older computer , but I cannot export the file into another 3D format.


    See if it will export to .stl format. Blender can import .stl as an object. You'll still need to make the shading and animation in blender itself.


    3 hours ago, Ego Eram Reputo said:

    I made this in blender


    Nice work. I don't have a 3-D printer, how much did that cost you?

  2. 2 hours ago, HyReZ said:

    I just found out moments ago, that as a subscriber to Amazon Prime, I get unlimited storage of my images. I just opened my free account and created a folder to which I loaded some test images. I was able to copy the image location and paste it into a different browser and view the image. This opens up other possibilities for image sharing and posting.


    I too am an Amazon Prime member, does this storage include everything, or just images? I guess I should look into it..


    4 hours ago, BoltBait said:

    My cell phone (iPhone 6S+, unlimited data/text/talk/etc. AT&T) is $91

    Internet (most basic plan, 12Mbps/1Mbps AT&T) $52


    I'm pretty cheap in tech stuff. My internet (50Mbps/25Mbps) is $45 per month. My cell phone (Android) costs me about $100 per year, as I use tracfone.


    My main PC desktop (i7) is 8 years old and I only paid $500 for it. My Laptop (i3) is 10 years old. I run Linux on everything and is obviously free.

  3. On 9/7/2019 at 4:36 AM, welshblue said:

    ... at the risk of being hit on the head with it ... a set of needle bearings would look great in there 🙃


    Thanks for the roller bearing idea. It was actually one of the easier parts to make. The wrist-pin and rod were easier, but the piston was a challenge. Mostly because I had to cut holes into it.


    15 hours ago, Reptillian said:

    Actually, once you figured out how to use a 3D program, most of the time it's just a matter of time until you get it done.


    Have you used Blender? From the videos I've seen, it looks like they mostly sculptured the skull. I have little to no experiencing with the sculpture layout. I guess I'll have to figure it out.

  4. 6 hours ago, BoltBait said:

    It doesn't look round.  You can see that it is made out of triangles.


    It's round, but the camera angle gives an optical illusion. The triangles you see are a result of my lack of knowledge about blender. I used the Wrist-pin cylinder to cut the hole into the piston wall and it wrecked the vertices. I don't yet have enough skill to correct that, or to use an alternative method.


    6 hours ago, welshblue said:

    I would recommend the links I pointed to.  That way you get to see the modelling to


    I checked out one of the pistons. It is very high quality and above my abilities at the moment. If I ever learn this monster, look out though. This one's a little better, I went with a different path.



  5. On 8/29/2019 at 7:46 AM, welshblue said:

    Best way I think.  I took my first Husqvarna chainsaw apart to rebuild at 11 ... progressed to trials bikes ... then cars ... then forestry heavy plant.

    I still miss the smell of hydraulic fluid and 2T 


    I agree. I learned 99% of everything I know mechanically by trial and error. I remember the first time I changed a set of points and condenser on a 69 Plymouth with a 383 and dropped the set screw into the distributor at age 16. How embarrassing! Since then, I've totally rebuilt motors and even done very technical things like adjust cam-timing via lobe-center phasing. All of which I learned on my own, never went to school for such things. Give me a dial-indicator, a degree wheel and a rat-tail file and I'm good to go.


    OK, here is some concrete carving.



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  6. Thanks Lynx and Welsh. I'm still very much a novice in Blender, but I'm learning. Now that I'm not working, I have the free time to learn that monster. I'm getting better at modeling, but can't remember all the key-board shortcuts. My PC is about 8 years old now, but it has an i7 with 12GB of RAM. No graphics card thought, so all CPU. Single frames aren't too bad, but that soccer animation had 240 frames @ 1920x1080 and took about 3 hours to render. About 48 sec average per frame.


    Earlier I made a Ball Peen hammer, today I decided to morph it into a pick ax. I learn things as I tinker.



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