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Everything else / Re: PALS Adapter Hardware
« Last post by Bootcat on April 20, 2018, 12:52:25 AM »
The correct way is to 3D print the piece in acetal, test it then contract short-run production with one of the companies offering short run injection molding on 3D printed molds.
Kind of want to take care of this one but I don't have the time right now.

Edit: I found the old blueprints I made for this part and contracted the 3D print. Let's see what we can make. Crowdfunding would be a good way to pay for the initial run.
Concept, design, and engineering / Re: Prototype Making.
« Last post by rouge on April 19, 2018, 12:08:30 PM »
So this is what I use.
Itís autosketch, I have a grid which I scale up and down. The idea is that each square represents an inch and the bodyís represent a healthy person at 5.11 in height, I use them for size reference when making things to give me an idea how big itís gonna look on a body. Itís not 100% accurate but it helps.
I work everything out in inches and then just add seam allowances when I mark up the fabric. I import a bunch of images from stuff for inspiration itís handy cos I can scale the pictures up and down and get rough measurements for them.

It gets pretty easy and second nature over time.....I rarely work with round edges......I prefer to use fabric and construction to alter how bags or pouches sit and how they look.

Nothing dodgy in the top right .....just images I drag in for inspiration....Iíll usually have 5 or 6 and a bunch of camo patterns and different webbings and clips

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Everything else / Re: PALS Adapter Hardware
« Last post by Gear Dynamics on April 19, 2018, 11:01:15 AM »
WBTactical, I really do like the slotted loop buckle, but the plastic duraflex version is just too weak. We could look at doing a metal version, but the cost might be prohibitive. I would think for such a small part that water jet or laser cutting might be the best choice. After that it would need to be blasted or tumbled to knock off the sharp edges, and then some sort of anodize or coating.
Everything else / Re: PALS Adapter Hardware
« Last post by Bootcat on April 19, 2018, 04:56:56 AM »
A sturdy version of the C-loop is something on my mind. Why use repair GTSR buckles when you don't need the regulation?
I have a machine set up to run 138 thread and it is set up to run #23 needles.
Your needle size may not be a problem, but is your machine set up to run the needle size that you are using? With the thread and bobbin removed from the machine, verify that your needle to hook clearance is set up properly.
Thank you  ;D
Everything else / Re: PALS Adapter Hardware
« Last post by WBTactical on April 18, 2018, 07:14:39 PM »
Any plans for a fabricated metal version of this hardware?
Materials science / Re: Mixing thread sizes - Top & Bobbin
« Last post by Globe on April 18, 2018, 12:54:18 PM »
It's recommended to only use Kevlar thread with more Kevlar thread and fabric. It is extremely abrasive and will eventually cut nylon.
Everything else / Re: PALS Adapter Hardware
« Last post by Gear Dynamics on April 18, 2018, 12:32:31 PM »
Nothing firm yet. The intent is to retail these parts through.
Workspace, tools, machinery, and manufacturing / Re: Upgrading from 111W - Advice
« Last post by rouge on April 18, 2018, 05:11:46 AM »
I brought my last 2 machines from a dealer, when Iíve had problems with my machine the owner of the business has driven to my place after shop hours to look at it, or Iíve just dropped it over and he fixes it within 24 hours
I canít fault the service, Iíve seen machines for far less the price than what I paid, I was skint the month I brought it, but itís a one time purchase, I Stopped feeling the sting of it after that, and now I have someone who will come and fix it at any point.......partially because he knows Iíll need another machine soon ::)
Itís definately worth it, itís even more helpful because the owner helps with advice and tells me when Iím doing something wrong or advises me on what needles to buy and even how I can sew certain fabrics better.
Everything else / Re: PALS Adapter Hardware
« Last post by rouge on April 18, 2018, 03:59:25 AM »
What would the cost be ??
I can imagine quite a few applications
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