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Old 09-06-2013, 03:20 PM
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3d Printers

Hey yall,
Has anybody tried to 3d print a disc? If so, what mold and how did it fly?
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Old 09-06-2013, 03:25 PM
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I'm not very knowledgeable about 3d printing but aren't they basically just models? I think it'd be only 1-throw durable...?

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Old 09-06-2013, 03:27 PM
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They're good enough to make gun parts with so I don't know.
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Old 09-06-2013, 03:28 PM
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I know GDBP gets to play around with one of these at work. Mebbe he can stay late at the office some night and print out some Grooves.

Re: quality, I believe it really depends on exactly how high-end it is...some can't do more than generic models, while others basically make usable prototypes.
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Old 09-06-2013, 03:43 PM
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I can't believe nobody's done this yet. I tried to search but "3d" is too short to search.
I was hoping you'd say grooves. lol What would be cool is if they actual threw better than the ones from the factory.
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Old 09-06-2013, 03:44 PM
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This was discussed here recently, but I can't find the thread.

The overwhelming opinion is that the current technology is still too expensive for this to be a feasible idea. For the most part, discs that are 3D printed would be brittle and likely would shatter on first impact.
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Old 09-06-2013, 03:46 PM
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There was a discussion about this earlier in the year, I'll see if I can find it.

In summary, while the material is out there to make discs that are usable and durable, the process is slower (than injection molding) and more costly on a large scale production run. 3D printing is much more useful as a rapid prototyping practice as it provides the designer with a 3D representation of the object without having to invest in a tool. Its not economical for large scale production.

I don't know if anyone has actually tried it though. There was a guy who made a disc out of Carbon Fibers though.

Edit: Found it

http://www.dgcoursereview.com/forums...ad.php?t=88580

Edit #2: Chuck answers your question and sums it up well with his post (#20) in that thread. Yes its been done but...

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Old 09-06-2013, 03:49 PM
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I played with this in high school. My idea was to have one "base" (read flight plate and part of the rim) with detachable profiles. Basically a flight plate with removable rims. At this point I didn't realize that flight plates varied all that much.

When I threw it the rims almost always came apart but the ABS plastic took a few hits and was ok. I didn't throw it very hard though, just in our classroom. I bet a tree would eat the ABS pretty quickly. The way our 3D printer worked was it layered the plastic. What is a small knick in DX would turn into rips and gashes probably on an ABS printed disc.
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Old 09-06-2013, 03:50 PM
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Carbon Fiber discs? Sweet. I agree that it is a slow process and would never keep up with the demands of us nuts but somebody has to try this.
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Old 09-06-2013, 03:54 PM
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Carbon fiber disc link:

http://www.dudeiwantthat.com/enterta...er-frisbee.asp

There are threads on these forums regarding this too. Too lazy to link though.
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