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3d Resin Printer Heater – Cheap and Easy!

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Hey guys!  I was hanging around the Siraya Tech group on Facebook and someone from Siraya Tech mentioned using fermentation belts to keep resin warm in the vat so I decided to check it out. Here are my findings.

What is a Fermentation Belt?

For those who don't know, fermentation belts are basically a heating element wrapped in silicone with a plug on it. They’re simple devices, you plug them in and they get warm or hot (depending on your definition of hot). They're primarily used to make beer, kombachi, kimchi, etc. You can use fermentation at a relatively steady temperature. So you might be wondering, why you need to do this?

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Why Do You Need One?

There's two main reasons why you might need a fermentation belt to heat your resin. Number one is if you're working in a non-conditioned space (no A/C or heat), you have relatively wild temperature swings or it simply gets too cold for your resin to work properly. All resins have temperature ranges that they're designed to work in. If you set up your resin 3D printer, run some test prints and get an exposure time, then the temperature drops that exposure time will be longer. If it gets warmer, then the exposure time potentially gets shorter. If you're in an unconditioned space and you start printing at one temperature, then the temperature drops significantly, the exposure time is going to change and your print's going to fail.

The second reason is some resins are specifically designed to work best at higher temperatures. The resins I primarily use are Siraya Tech Sculpt and Siraya Tech Build. According to Siraya Tech, both work best above 25 degrees Celsius. You might have seen my other video where I built an enclosure, put a thermostatically controlled outlet on it and a cheap amazon heater. That worked great and it's still a completely viable build and it works especially well if you want to enclose some of the fumes that could be produced while 3D printing.

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The Results

The fermentation belt is not only good, but it’s fast and it's cheap which is kind of a miracle of engineering. I strapped one onto my Epax E10 and about an hour later the resin was up to 25 Celsius. Within about two hours, it stabilized at right around 30 Celsius. This is perfect as resin needs to be above 25 and 30 Celsius as well within a normal range. The belt fits perfectly on the Epax E10. On my smaller Creality LD2, I had to put a support. You can use materials such as a rubber band or a Velcro strap to hold the fermentation belt close to the vat. If you have a printer with a metal vat, such as a Saturn or the Mars, its going to heat up quicker since they're more heat conductive.

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Heating Resin Outside of the Vat

There's one area where this doesn't perform as well as my heated enclosure and that is if you need to add resin in the middle of a print which I often have to do when I’m printing large molds. So for that you need another fermentation belt, or in this case I got a Kombucha heater. You can also get large pad heaters if you want to do multiple prints. These pad heaters work really well since you can put multiple resin containers inside and keep them heated. It still comes out much cheaper than the enclosure and the thermostatic control outlet and the space heater. You're looking at under sixty dollars for the fermentation belt set up and it works great.

 

Links to the different fermentation belts I’ve used are in the description below. if you're using any engineering resin that needs to be warm, this is a great way to do it. It absolutely works flawlessly.

Good luck with it guys. Take care- tight lines.

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The Complete Guide to 3d Printing Fishing Lures – Part 1

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Today we're going to be talking about 3D printing and give you a quick introduction with all the information you need to get started on your own! I received a lot of questions after my last video, so to make sure I covered all bases this is part 1 of a series answering questions about software and types of printers to look for.

The first type of printer to look for is an FDM that extrudes filaments out of a nozzle and builds that up in layers to produce your final product. The other major type is a Resin SLA printer, which takes a vat of resin and uses US lights to cure in a certain pattern and produce the model. This type will give you higher resolution and a “better print”, although FDM isn't significantly worse and is much cheaper.

One thing to note is that this a manufacturing machine, so it requires upkeep to make sure that it remains in working condition. Another point to remember is that keeping this in your house may not be the best due to the amount of chemicals and noise it produces. A shop area or garage would be better suited for this kind of product, definitely not in a home office or desk.

3d printed fishing mold

The first major software you need to look for is called a slicer, which takes a 3D model and slices it down, simulates the movements of the 3D printer, and then translates that into something called G Code. For the FDM printer, Ultimaker Cura is the standard operating software and thankfully it's relatively straightforward. As for Resin, Chitubox is another free software, which I don't highly recommend, though CAD or sculpting programs might be a better option.

You are able to create lures that are custom shapes and then sculpt to your liking, although CAD is more for exact measurements and shapes. There is a database called Thingiverse in which you are able to select specific molds from a catalog, including lures I have made in previous videos! You'll have to be patient to learn the programs yourself, though if you wish to hire someone to design them for you, the website to go to is Fiver.

3D printed fish mold

Altogether, it may seem complicated to get started 3D printing but I highly recommend looking into getting started sooner rather than later. As always, thank you for watching this video and be sure to like and subscribe to my channel!

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3d Printed Fishing Lure Molds Better than Aluminum?

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Today we've got a revolutionary idea that I haven't found anyone else on YouTube doing yet! I want to test to see if 3D printed fishing lure molds are functional or even better than those made out of aluminum. I used something called Siraya Tech Sculpt Resin, which has high-temperature tolerance of nearly 380 degrees! The alternatives are much closer to 350 degrees or less, so under a certain amount of pressure, the material will bend or start to deform.

I have never poured this mold before, I downloaded this (did not create it) and will try about 3 or 4 different trials. I will link another video about the printing and creation of the molds once it is finished, and for your reference, I am relatively new to working with resin likes this. Although aluminum is extremely durable, the main downside is going to be cost ($60-300 for different varieties or custom lures).

For this hollow mold using the resin, it was less than $4.00 and took around 3 and a half hours in total using my Elegoo Saturn. When I printed it solid, it increased to $7.00 on a midsize 3D printer. I may have overcooked it and lost some dimensional accuracy but the overall quality is what I'm looking for here. 3d printed mold fishing lure

3d Printed Fishing Lure Molds Better than Aluminum?

After giving it time to cool off post-microwaving, it needs to dissipate the heat. I put roughly 350-degree plastic on the inside, so the plastic needs a while to solidify and then de-mold. The mold was cool at first and has now started to heat up, though I might not have waited long enough.

The detail of my mold is pretty fantastic, though fairly soft after 6-8 minutes or less. I think it would be best to reclamp the mold because it did not warp as much as I thought, as it is hollow with air in the middle. The solid resin as it cured warped more than the current resin walls, and I'll let this one wait for 10 minutes.

Immediately I noticed the hollow mold dissipated heat more, but the molds are much more stuck together. This one is less shiny, including sand and debris, but the color is exactly how I wanted it. My final trial has incredible detail, and I'm very surprised how well they all came out for being my first attempts at this.

Look out for future prints that I am planning on designing, and as always please like and subscribe to the channel! 

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Epic Houston Texas Bayou Fishing

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The mission today is to catch fish in under two hours using a new setup that I am very excited to start using! This includes my Shimano Stratic 1000 that I have used before, as well as a Steelhead rod that I have never combined this way before. Hopefully, some carp come our way after this cold front in Houston, so let's get fishing!

I'm using a tiny ned head today with a swivel, so the goal is to be as lightweight as possible. I'm keeping my hand on the line to detect bites, which came almost immediately. To my surprise, there was a giant catfish in this spot which may have actually been my biggest yet!

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Shortly thereafter, I continued to find success with another large grass carp to add to my list! I have been fortunate with two catches in two casts so far because the current is keeping my bread bait afloat in the mid-water column.

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It may seem like these videos show me catching fish on every single cast that I throw out, but that is not always the case. However, today has been one of my luckier days because of the weather, but I like to think that my setup is also playing a part! The next catch was a channel catfish, but much smaller than the big boy we caught first.

Now, do I want to catch a tilapia to complete the Bayou Slam or go for another large carp? On days like this, it feels like you can catch just about anything. With a little help from my net, I secured another huge fish to top off an incredible day! I would have to say the grass carp was the highlight of my day, and keep in mind I was only out here for less than 2 hours.

As always, if you enjoyed this video please go ahead and give my video a like and subscribe to the channel! Be safe, catch fish, and tie lines!