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  2. 3D Printed Baits

    I use CATIA V5. The CAD model can be assigned a material density. I also model the ballast, harness, split rings and hooks, each with their own density material applied. I inquire the CoG of the basic assembled body shape (no density added) and create point-1. I then inquire the CoG of the assembled model with material densities applied. Here I create point-2. Draw a line between the points. The angle of this line indicates the angle that the lure will float. In the water, the line will be vertical, so rotate the model and line to the vertical, and that gives the floating attitude. As for ballast: inquire the volume of the assembly, inquire the weight of the assembly. Divide the volume by the mass. if greater than 1, then the lure sinks (fresh water). You can even incorporate sea water density and make a correction. But remember, the angle the lure floats is NOT the angle the lure swims. That is far more complex, and is beyond simple calculation. Dave
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    You have been busy , all your paint looks great and I really like this scheme !! Keep the paint flying
  4. Envirotex lite 30 min epoxy mixing

    I am not happy with how the baits are swimming due to I’m guessing epoxy in the bills. Any way to get this epoxyy to coat more evenly?
  5. Injection Molds

    Would you consider selling the BTS molds? 903-360-6102
  6. Poison Swingtail Mold

    Really? Did the mold close completely? The mold I have didn't look like it would close on 0.040" wire but I didn't actually try it.
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  8. Plastisol Recipe

    Check out my Recipes, so far i have written two lists of materials to use to make plastisol resin for your own lures, some say it is not cheap but you can make a gallon or two for around fifty bucks, which is a a fair price, but alot of people buy in bulk to really save money (but intially that is expensive and time consuming which defeats the purpose for making plastisol). It is not the liquid that is expensive to make, it is the equipment that is expensive.
  9. 3D Printed Baits

    I do it all. I send them a disassembled lure and a working prototype along with the stl file.
  10. 3D Printed Baits

    How do you go about finding this information, are you using solidworks for some sort of analysis or?
  11. 3D Printed Baits

    It does take several hours to print a lure. I have printed about 10 so far and am working on my next .stl file to print nine at a time. If I can do that in five hours, I would call that time ahead as I dont think I can do anywhere near that detail or that kinda of design in 30 mins using PVC or wood. I will post some pictures as I progress but it seems to be fairly economical, very custom and if you can print twice in a day, at 5 to 9 lure bodies a day thats 10 to 18 ready to be weighted, eyed, hooked and painted by the next day. I am new but really getting excited at the chances of making some real cool, one off lures that are not bodies being painted or something I have to cut and sand by hand. There is something about that aspect yes but, its just not my cup of tea. I would like to see more users ideas and what software they are using, printers and such. People who have tested through wires vs screw eyes on polymers and overall results of printing them themselves.
  12. Poison Swingtail Mold

    I have poured some spinnerbaits with this mold WITHOUT any modification and very little flashing using preformed spinnerbait wire
  13. 3D Printed Baits

    Do you print halves and then do all the ballasting and hardware installation yourself first, or do you send them the prototype body and let them do that stuff?
  14. 3D Printed Baits

    I haven't done anything on lures for a while, but I have been experimenting with 3D printing the molds rather than the lures. Of course, it all starts by 3D CAD modelling the desired lure. My aim is always to make the mold symmetrical such that you only have to print one side model repeatedly, rather than having a left side and right side. This would enable you to print out multiple molds that are all interchangeable, for a mass production situation. CAD design of 3D molds is particularly useful for creating hollow lure halves, including ballast pockets and harness slots. CAD is also useful for determining the amount of ballast required for a lure, and determining the angle at which an assembled lure would float. Dave
  15. Poison Swingtail Mold

    The eye slot isn't the same size as the jig mold so the hook eye won't fit without modification of the mold. The wire form has a larger diameter then a hook. Also no weed guard slot. Nothing that couldn't be overcome with modification. Same thing to use it as a spinnerbait mold. Depends on how much you want to cut the mold up.
  16. Bullet Weight Mold

    Yep, that's a Shawn Collins mold. His ebay account is under CNC-works. Be prepared to pay about $150 for the mold. But the mold is first rate. I also got a Hilts mold off eBay that makes them the way you want but I've only seen one other come up for sale. But I don't watch religiously either.
  17. Help: Heating silicone molds for large laminates

    You know, heating Silicone molds occasionally is one way of making them last longer. It removes hardeners and other things that permeate into the silicone. BUT, I would suggest painting the mold with Silicone oil after your are done for the day, just to keep them "healthy",
  18. Plastisol Recipe

    It can be hard to find the search feature on TU. Hover your mouse over ACTIVITY at the top right of this screen. When the drop down menu comes up, go to search at the bottom. Enter your keywords and hang on. Lots and lots of info. Welcome to the site. Perhaps, for sure I won't be trying to make my own.
  19. 3D Printed Baits

    Hi Lock, good to have another new person on the site. Welcome. To help out on this site, hover your mouse over ACTIVITY at the top right of this screen. When the drop down menu comes up, go to search at the bottom. Enter your keywords and hang on, lots and lots of information. Now, we have had discussions on this site recently about the subject, and we have a couple of young guns that are doing excellent work with 3D printing. I am impressed! But, the take I get from it is that it takes several hours to print out a lure, not much cost per lure, but time. I think that prototyping is the most common thing I hear done. Excellent prototyping, and Hughesy has done some excellent ones. Unless Hughesy does it, I don't know of anyone that actually prints and then paints lures veres making them out of other things.
  20. 3D Printed Baits

    LOL, You are not too far either. Table Rock is just across the northern boarder. I just didnt see very much of this in the search, I have been playing with it for a bit and am looking at trying to make a run in the hobby designing, printing, and painting my own lures. I have made a few out of wood but I have a CAD degree and that is where my love for design is. I bought a DLP printer last week and have already printed out a few prototypes on it. I was just looking for like minded people to share the interest with and possibly swap ideas on lure design when it comes to CAD models vs actual working designs.
  21. 3D Printed Baits

    I do! I also design lures for Bass Pro Shops and make their prototypes with the printer that are then sent to the factories for production.
  22. 3D Printed Baits

    I know this has probably been beaten to death, I have searched but I didn't find very many people actually designing lures in CAD and printing them. How many of you actually print your lures and paint them vs make them out of PVC or Wood?
  23. Which urethane

    As long as I know it seals wood. I have my test piece to cut into today. Also, the amber look could be a pretty cool look if one was going for an antique look. My plan is to stick with sealing and just use my regular clear coat.
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