to weaponeer.net for our monthly hosting fee's had been just good
enough to pay the hosting fee's for the last couple months mainly just
from a couple kind souls and two automated $20
monthly donation's. (which is greatly helpful)
As you all know, I'm a 51 year old impoverished
Veteran in declining health, and I can no longer pay the hosting fees for
weaponeer.net, and therefor I'm forced to rely on the membership and
viewers of weaponeer.net to make donations to make our $100
monthly hosting payment.
THIS MONTHS DONATIONS ARE NOT REMOTELY ENOUGH TO PAY THE HOSTING FEE'S DUE IN JUST 6 DAY'S !
without the donations weaponeer.net will unfortunately be shut down for
good, which would be a great loss to the shooting, gunsmithing and
firearm building community. Gunsmithing is a dying art, right at the
point when gun ownership is at an new all time high, and technology such
as CAD, CNC and 3D printing are enabling new Builders/Makers/Home
Gunsmiths to design and build accessories, especially for the modular AR
I am NOT talking about Printing a firearm, and
showing the world that you can make a plastic handgun and starting the
hysteria all over again that polymer guns in general caused, because
non-shooters just imagined that they would pass through metal detectors.
the hysteria was so bad with the Glock that they forced Glock to
imprint their SN on a steel tag embedded in the polymer frame just so it
had metal in it. Granted the Avg person does not know anything about
guns, and the fact that the Glock still has a metal slide, barrel,
Magazine, FCG etc. and all they really did was to make the handgun
Lighter, not invisible to metal detectors. As professionals, builder's
and those just starting out and do not yet know anything about guns.
it's our actions that others see online. and building a gun online is a
VERY bad image that we do not want the public to see or hear about.
don't do it... your damaging our sport and hobby, right when people are
starting to get comfortable with guns.
Now 3D printing will
become integral with gun manufacturing in the future, due to rapid
prototyping. this allows you to print a grip, BUIS, Rail Covers, even
Rails and lower receivers for AR's and handguns, and then do the
resulting refinishing work on those prints which tends to require
heating them to smooth them, sanding them, so the surface is as good as
you would expect from a wood butt stock.
The most common
polymer's typically used in 3D printers is PLA. which is a great 3D
printing material for early stage prototyping on
simple geometry parts, made out of biodegradable corn starch.
The other most common material is ABS.
Check out this link for improving the surface of PLA (we are talking about the LINES) http://tinyurl.com/y7kuy83q
high Resilution printing try Nylon, VERO, Transparent, ABS-Like,
Rubber-Like, and VISICLEAR. (there are many others, with more showing up
Keep in mind the 3D printed parts is mainly for
Prototypes to check fitting ect. you would then print in a better
material and max resolution that that will give you the perfect finish.
those parts then would be used to mold better parts. in some cases the
parts are used in Lost PLA Casting in the same way Wax was used.. heat
it up (much higher Temp for PLA) to remove it from the mold, and then
the mold is filled with the material you intend to use in the end
product. you don't use PLA to make an AR15 lower, you use the PLA as
part of the process to create a proper mold, so you could use it to make
the product out of the correct material.
Obviously I don't have a
3d printer, much less a quality 3D printer for showing the whole
process here on weaponeer. the donations would have to be a LOT higher
for me to be able to show the community the proper tools such as 3d
printing etc. here, and it was part of my To-Do List. But if we don't
bring in the funds to pay for the monthly hosting fee's, I'll never be
able to take things to the next level.
Next month I intended on
announcing to the membership about me Hosting a Shoot here in Wisconsin
this summer to include shooting clinic for handguns and rifles. back in
2010 I announced a Camp N Shoot, where we taught some basic skills such
as fire starting with fire steel's etc. at night, and during the day,
driving a few miles to the range for a days worth of shooting. only
locals attended back then, but we had one hack of a good time. so much
so that we had a camp N shoot every month during the summer. if there
was interest in trying that once again, I have no problem with it being a
weaponeer hosted event" If weaponeer is still around".
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