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Puddidium235: A radioactive isotope of banana pudding. Generally considered harmless, but may cause eye strain if looked at too long.

Yep. :D I'm at it again. During the previous project I picked up some really obnoxious plexiglas. I was also drawing up something with brutalism as the theme. Eventually it evolved into what I will now attempt to build. -I mean, I kept telling myself, "too simple." How crazy did the design get? Well, here's a hint:
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-NOT a cube! :lol: Obviously, I may have set the bar a little high. Some of this stuff doesn't fit my little mill, so there might be a gantry mill mini-game.
Speaking of Mills, I did some tidying up:
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-I got everything running on one pump, and chopped this old xerox chassis. Other mods include a ps2 plug for the antique keyboard.
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-Day one: I have here some freshly tile-sawed 3 1/2" tube, 1/2" clear with 1/8" teal bonded to it, and some strips of blue with...glitter. :D It's going to be gloriously obnoxious, I promise.
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-The first milling pic may be blurry, but it's nice and loud.
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-I'm trying some chinese bits here. (Well, they had a fake Japanese name on them, clever bastards..) I will admit the edge cuts are nice and clean, but the center-cutting is a big fat lie. For this part I have a tiny hole in the very center, so I can line the part up after flipping it.
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-Here I'm drilling the center hole all the way through the part. I also marked out the horizontal positioning.
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-and again my camera proves it can change history and travel through time. (How the F does it save a pic from a day before AFTER this pic?)
Anyway.. I was a little rusty after taking such a long break, and forgot to flip the CAD to match the part. :sad-md: YEP! The first part was also the first mistake. I'm good.
The circle shows one of the screw hole starts on the opposite side. The X is where it's supposed to be.
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-Luckily, I made two blanks. This is a finished 2nd try.
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-I drilled and tapped these out. Did I mention these will be a reservoir mount? No?
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-Here's a hint. This is the last time I played with some of this heavy 3 1/2" tube. The tolerances were awful, it rattled, and there's no way to dismantle it.
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-Here's a bushing I'll be needing for this. You can see the awful surface cutting of the chinese bit here. I'm also noticing the holes are out of spec. (I HOPE that's the bits. God help me if my machine is out of tune. :terror:) This 1/4" bit should fit in the hole. Instead, I doubt it would fit if it was hammered in.
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-For now, I'm focusing on parts I can fit on the machine. Here's another hint of the loudness to come. It's florescent yellow pearl, and it isn't nearly as loud as the rest.
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-Enter our primary color: Neon banana puddin'. Notice it's UV reaction to even white LEDs. :D
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-Here's a better example of the edge and surface cuts. I'm not happy I now need to program a 2nd set of code for surface bits.
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-Here's my current parts pile.
I hope you enjoyed my disjointed, disorganized, and downright cryptic first post. I can't guarantee it will make more sense in the future, but confusing you is just the nature of my game.
I'll leave you with the part I'm currently trying to realize:
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It is impossible to get a good photo of, though. 90% of the shots are blowout or blur.

I can't thank Kyle enough. The image hosting was a saintly act. BTW, @Kylevdm - notification doesn't work because I spammed a full page of @'s and he turned his off. :lol:

 

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The zoo is turning into Mosquito's private hangout. :/-md:

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-I have this framework in clear. It's on the inside, and I have a lot of clear, so 99% of the bracing will be layered 1/4" clear.  You can see I had to make the ring in 2 pieces and splice it together. 
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-1/8 inch my ass. I found the source of my undersized hole problem. I'm playing fast and loose with the tolerances anyway. I expect it will bite me in the butt about a year from now.
These are currently selling as HQ Master brand on Amazon. I'll admit Amazon did finally nuke 90% of the "chinese amway" stuff you've heard me ranting about. These at least cut. 
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-I have a spot on this "end cap" I'm building where the parts overlap. To fix this I planned to mill the bottom of the yellow bits at an angle. I clamped this little jig in the mill. The pictures of the process didn't come out. (Note to self: This plastic + flash = blinding white.) 
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-Hey, I got a picture of it! So these little yellow bits each glue to a spline against the pearl disc. -and I'm already kicking myself for not building alignment tabs into the design.

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Hey, as long as they keep it warm in here I won't die over the winter, so just as good a place to hangout as any, right? 😄  

Soon, I will have a project of my own to share again.  Finally... 

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