Ed Brabant

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  1. Ed Brabant

    Hardness

    I am just pouring for myself and a few friends. My son says i pour to slow the boat down. He may be right. Weight adds up fast.......
  2. Ed Brabant

    Hardness

    SI have tried to pour some larger swimbaits. The tails are soft not uncured plastic soft but more like the plastic is too soft. Hardner or just order harder plastic. Salt water or a bit softer?
  3. Ed Brabant

    Swimbait

    I made a 2 piece mold of a live target trout. Mold came out ok. But the plastic i use is out of the jug. I noticed that they are too soft. If i use 2 cups at a time how much hardner should i use. I want to try and make larger baits too. I am going to try to use the big guys to make the molds. I dont sell any thing i have ever poured give them away but no sell. Does any one have a 3D swimbait file? We have 3d printers at work and i would like to try having molds made on them.
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    Frogs

    Not a frog but it is the same principal.
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    Cad

    If the bait is designed with 3D software such as Pro Engineer or Solidworks there should be no problems. the 3D model has to be good meaning no unattached segments. For example you can't create a box with out the end points meeting.
  6. Ed Brabant

    Injecting Two Colors

    I went crazy when i got mine. Was ready to chuck them up against the wall. Pre heat the injectors. Thats the key. If you do a search here and on bears site you will find great tips. But for me it was pre heating that made the big diffrence. Are you using the 2 color adaptor?
  7. Ed Brabant

    Modifying Bears Injectors

    I did the same thing. It is a twist lock now. I also changed the nozzle as well. I brought it to the machine shop where I work and took a 1/2" end mill and went down either 1/2" or 3/8". I am at work and the injectors are at home. I then took a dremmel tool and blended the transition from the 1/2" to the hole the hole that comes out of the end. What I tried to do is get a larger amount of plastic as close to the exit point as I could. I have a medium injector that I put the twist to lock pin in as well. Some people can do the hold it up agaist the bottom of the cup thing but I find this real easy to use. When I return the plastic to the cup if I hit the end of the stroke the tip stays on. And to remove it I just take a glove and turn the end. The pin sticks out a bit and the glove catches the pin and off it comes.
  8. Ed Brabant

    Problems With 2 Color Injector

    I put mine on my hot plate and all the problems went away. With out heating the injectors I was ready to throw them in the trash. You may want to look a bears site there is quite a bit of information there as well as there is here.
  9. Ed Brabant

    Rainbow Smelt

    Rainbow Smelt
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    Injector Modifications

    I took mine to work and had one of the machinists drill into the nozzel and press in a 1/16 pin about 3/32 from the shoulder. Then he milled a slot in the tube 3/32 from the end and .078 wide. Then a right turn for about 3/32. So when i have my gloves on I can push the nozzel and twist to lock in place. I had him leave the pin sticking out about 3/32 so the gloves can get a grip on the nozzel to turn it to the remove position. I also took my 2 color injector and bored a hole on the center line of the insert 1/2 diamater and 1/2 deep. I then took a dremmel tool and blended in the transition from the 1/2 diamater to the .135 hole where the plastic comes out. It made the plastic flow better. Any time you can make a smmoth transition from one surface to another the plastic wil flow much better.
  11. Ed Brabant

    Another Bears Hollow Belly Swim

    I have been fooling around with the timing of the injectors. I did a rainbow smelt that looks great. I increased the rainbow by pushing the injctor with the rainbow in it a bit sooner. You are right its a great mold. I will try and put some pictures up. I have been fooling around with the timing of the injectors. I did a rainbow smelt that looks great. I increased the rainbow by pushing the injctor with the rainbow in it a bit sooner. You are right its a great mold. I will try and put some pictures up.
  12. Ed Brabant

    What Am I Doing Wrong Today?!

    With my stick bait I just pour a steady stream down the middle of the mold. I try not to hit the sides. And just fill to the top. there is an excess on the top top help fill any shrinkage as it cools. I find if i am too hot I get quite a bit of shrinkage.
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    Old School Pourer Considering Injection Molding

    If you go to a local machine shop and explain what you need to have done I can't see them charging too much. I would say under $20. I won't take but 10 minuets in a milling machine. Then you can establish a relation with the shop and who knows the little trinkets that you want to have made you now will have a source.
  14. Ed Brabant

    What Swimbait Mold?

    Bears hinge is machined into the mold. I don't know where they got theres but mine aren't store bought hinges. Look at the web site. The only new hinge is from a new vendor they started to use last week. So I think your so called friends are puling your leg. Bear just as all the mold sellers will work with you if you have an issue. If your so call friends have a problem cal Bear direct. I have called him as well as Del and they are both great to work with. In the future you should not knock some one on what your so called friends say.
  15. Ed Brabant

    What Swimbait Mold?

    1/16 minimum. I will have to measure mine. Go to Bears site and ask that question. You will get an reply asap..