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    CAD programing for fishing lures

    I have taught Catia. Never had anyone that couldn't 'get it'. Keep in mind; CAD is one of those things that you have to use regularly otherwise you forget how to do it. Using once a year is no good. You might get away with once a month once you have mastered what you want to do, but it may be a struggle. Dave
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    CAD programing for fishing lures

    Very useful post Andy, thanks. Dave
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    CAD programing for fishing lures

    I use Catia V5 because this is what I use for my job. It is a complex system that covers many industries. Although very expensive, it is available through torrent downloads to obtain free. I have had no problems hooking up to 3D printers with it. There is a wealth of training material available on the internet, and there answers to all your questions available from Google searches. Recommended, probably not, but this is my only CAD experience. I hope you get a good response with recommendations of simpler software. As for what I can do with Catia - no limits. You can expect to put a LOT of hours in learning no matter which system you use, and do not expect CAD design to be quicker than hand carving, it takes a lot longer. Dave
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    I used a side grinder with a saw tooth blade. The advantages are that it cuts efficiently and is very cheap to replace. The disadvantage is that you are going to get ridges. The solution to the ridges is to reduce the feed of the grinder, but this increases the production time. I never got around to trying this. The best cutter for a fine finish would be a round nose milling bit, but this would not work with the side grinder. The disadvantage is that the bits are very expensive and they do dull. If I was to get back to the project, I would try to reduce the cross-feed of the grinder to 0.5mm (not sure how yet) and 'round' the corners of a fine saw disk. Personally the ridges were a minor inconvenience. When I started a new lure, I took a blank from the box and spent a minute or two on the drill press with a flap-wheel to knock some of the ridges down. I was not selling lures, so surface finish was not an issue. Plus, the epoxy top coat would probably eliminate the ridges and give a smooth finish. I suggest that you find out the range of cutter disks available and try them all out, and see what works for you. Dave
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    Bojon Cd/Dvd Tube Dipping

    Parishomme - I do understand your frustration, but it is what it is. I think it is time to move on and deal with the problem of horizontal dipping and come up with a workable solution. I do not see this a complicated issue. Dave
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    Crankbait Bills

    D2T is fine for gluing bills. The only problems for me: stopping the bill from slipping during the fluid stage. The time penalty waiting for the D2T to cure. The wastage of the epoxy and risk of getting the mix wrong with such a small quantity Dave.
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    Bojon Cd/Dvd Tube Dipping

    Walking dead - interesting. I had visualized an 'S'-shaped rod set in a block, group of 4 or 5. Some kind of bending jig would have to be fabricated to form all the rods to identical parameters. I would imagine 6 blocks of 5 rods for an efficient dipping session. Dave
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    Crankbait Bills

    I tack my bills in place with the merest dab of superglue. If alignment is not perfect, the lip can easily be dislodged for another go. Once the alignment is good, I apply more superglue (runny) which is drawn into the joint by capillary action. The top coat of epoxy around the edge of the joint completes the installation. Dave
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    Bojon Cd/Dvd Tube Dipping

    Someone needs to propose an initial horizontal dipping block design for discussion purposes, so that the idea can be 'fine-tuned' before starting. This should cut down on the trial and error phase. I am not a 'plastics guy', so you guys need to get to grips with this idea. A simple sketch is all that is needed for discussion. Dave
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    Bojon Cd/Dvd Tube Dipping

    Walking Dead - Now that is a very good suggestion. Dave
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    Bream & Blues Ep. 1 Some Days

    They are very entertaining and there is something in your video list for everyone. I actually came across your YouTube channel, 'Black Warrior Lures' first, I was researching BSF larvae at the time, and then accidentally found you on TU. I like your docu style, it keeps it real, and combined with the editing, keeps the video story moving and interesting. Looking forward to more vids Dave
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    Bream & Blues Ep. 1 Some Days

    LOvin' your vids Dave
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    Swim/twitch bait help

    Because I have no access to micro balloons, I have no choice but to mold a pure resin. As all the resins are roughly the same specific gravity (SG) of 1.2 (water = 1.0), I decided to go with cheap and readily available fiberglass resin. Not an ideal material; brittle, toxicity issues, shrinkage, but with careful handling it sets in minutes, cleans up with emery easily, producing a very nice lure, keeping in mind that I do not sell. Because of the SG issue, I have no choice but to make my lure hollow by assembling two molded halves together in order to get the lure to float. I have the mold design 'down', but have not produced a successful mold to date due to making the lure wall thickness too thin, the problem being the soft silicone, again, I have to work with what is available locally. Your work on this lure has definitely inspired me to have another go, starting with some CAD design. If I can get the lure to float (on paper) I will take it to the next level of 3D printing a mold master. Dave
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    Swim/twitch bait help

    This would work with a tilapia model for bawal. The fins are crazy so I am thinking molded rubber inserts. Dave
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    Swim/twitch bait help

    Do you have video capability. I find video a great tool for analyzing a lure's movements in the water. You might see things on playback that you miss at the live swim, plus, I would love to see this little lure in action. This is the size of lure that I need for bawal at my local ponds, perhaps a tad shorter (small mouths), although they would not let me use it for competition. If I was having a bad day, I would use such a lure for fun for the last 30 minutes, declaring myself out of the running. Dave