For a new surfshop in Antwerp (http://havensurf.com/) I designed and printed a hex core demo fin.
Watch in 3D here: http://finfoil.io/s/r/j63wz
NICE work....love that program still haven't had a chance to really show what I can do with it yet....
cool! what material is it printed with?
Hans, that's a nice looking fin. It's amazing that the CAD is done with freeware. I hope they give you some nice t-shirts.
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Brilliant! love that
all the best
Personally I'm always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught. - Winston Churchill
Yes it's all done with free software! finFoil (http://www.finfoil.io/) and OpenSCAD (http://www.openscad.org/).
@grasshopper: It's laser sintered polyamide. A bit more flexible than the plastic FCS fins, but feel just as strong. Time will tell.
finFoil: free fin designing software
Did anyone ever 3d print some fin boxes for a thruster?
Are they strong enough? Or just snap in half 3rd bottom turn?
I was thinking of a box design similar to the surffinz box to fit FCS2 fins which have a wider base/better support than fcs1.
Surffinz was a great 1 pass cut/install, it was strong, under the glass, and I've still got a few of their router bits lol.
The new design could be a little bit shorter than the original surffinz giving the tail a bit more flex.
But if it costs $60 and 3 hours labour to print a set of boxes that snaps in half, that'll blow that idea.
You could do the same idea using the Futures router bit.
you can find the plugs here, 3d printed in abs it's 3 years that i'm using them no problem at all...
Very nice. These guys ( Live3Mind )are printing custom boxes at any % up to 22% and some hexagonal fins also for the standard box price.
Nice to hear a longevity report on the printed boxes.
Seems like if you can get them printed for reasonable money it is worth it.
First 3D vendor I used for work stuff quoted me like 80$ US a set.
Co-worker with a 3D printing hobby did them for 20$ US or so.
I still have them in box, not yet in a board or in the water.
I am looking for help on how to do exactly this. I figure it's not easy to do... I played around with a mix of freecad, finfoil and slicer settings, but failed.
Finfoil gives me a stl, but how do I create the mesh?
My goal is to have a shaped mesh that I can reinforce with a fiber/ resin mix and some layers of cloth.
Plan B for the moment is to use gyroids as an infill, drill some holes through the outer layers to fill the structure with resin (haven't tried it-theory from the web) and use my slicer options to split the fin right at the Z height of the (dual) tabs to get continuous fiber on both side of the tabs. That probably sounds strange for anybody who's not into 3d printing ,but basically I will end up sandwiching some layers of cloth between two plastic parts and wrap that in cloth again.
Any input is much appreciated...