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Old 06-09-2015, 01:41 PM   #1
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finished up another fab project..

so i was commissioned to build a logo for a company called Moment Factory out of canada. They developed a software package for video projections called X-Agora. the logo(s) will be traveling the world and go to conventions and trade shows. I made 2 of them....one for north american tour, and the other for the european tour.

fully welded aluminum construction. I disassembled a virtual model of the logo in CAD and was able to get each face cut out of .125" 6063 aluminum sheet with hidef plasma. (it runs at about a .010" tolerance, which was more than sufficient)

when i was approached about it and heard the description, i thought it was as simple as taking a piece of square tube, cutting it at the right angles, and capping it. but as i realized, that wouldnt work. the issue with a square tube with a cross section cut at an angle is that the shape made from that cross section isnt a square, its a parallelogram. well, they wanted the cross sectional angled shape to be a square, which meant the tube had to be a parallelogram. hence the reason for each face being produced individually. it was important that the only the faces seen at each 90 deg location was isolated....impossible to do with a square tube at the 2 different angles.


anywho....heres the pics. they changed the finish design during the process. it was supposed to be raw aluminum but after they researched, they wanted it painted with a specific paint thats good for projection screen surfaces

the entire logo is 3feet tall



raw material after cnc cutting



clamped to the jigs, ended up being 80.5 degree angle on one corner, and 99.5 on the other




funky angles for the caps



the cross member....also made of individual faces, welded and smoothed




cross member mounted up for fitment



mock up of all pieces fitted...... i love cnc....it all fit like a glove




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the "X" from one angle



the "A" from 90 degrees rotated:



more detail








because they need to travel, it had to be easily disassembled...so i had to engineer that system a little bit and it ended up working out just right.


it also meant we needed to somehow box them up to be on tour......so we got pelican cases and theyre all safe now!







ironically, one of them is on its way to houston and the other is going to belgium. I originally had them both sent to austin as their home base.
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Old 06-09-2015, 01:48 PM   #2
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I think you did a bang up job, nicely done.
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First off, WOW, nicely done

Second, interested in the paint used.

Etch primer?

Any clears?

That looks freak powder coated and you said "painted" I want that "paint"
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Thanks guys.

It is not powder coated...etch primed first, then rolled on the paint. It's a specific Sherwin Williams product. About $75/gal but you don't need that much of it. Depending on what you plan on covering.

I'll get the number when I get back to my desk.


It's not the most durable but in their industry, they wanted the projections to take priority. Barco are the ones supplying the projection hardware ... Not your home theater stuff. When I was working at cirque, we had a trio of them in our theater..... They were $120k each. Yea... You read that right. So I trusted they knew what paint to use as they specified it to me.
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Thanks guys.

It is not powder coated...etch primed first, then rolled on the paint. It's a specific Sherwin Williams product. About $75/gal but you don't need that much of it. Depending on what you plan on covering.

I'll get the number when I get back to my desk.


It's not the most durable but in their industry, they wanted the projections to take priority. Barco are the ones supplying the projection hardware ... Not your home theater stuff. When I was working at cirque, we had a trio of them in our theater..... They were $120k each. Yea... You read that right. So I trusted they knew what paint to use as they specified it to me.
Is it a water based paint?

Thanks for the info! Stuff looks super flat and caught my eye. I work with paints a bit
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yea....its a water based acrylic latex.

found it again:

Sherwin-Williams ProClassic Smooth Enamel Satin Extra White, # B20 W 51

they also sent me an article about testing different brands and all their options and this particular paint has some sort of different surface tension or some . thats what the article was saying and it was formulated specifically for smooth surfaces, not walls.


ive got some experience with paint too. but mostly PPG. lol


ill see if i can locate the article too for ya
very basic, but works excellent
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yea....its a water based acrylic latex.

found it again:

Sherwin-Williams ProClassic Smooth Enamel Satin Extra White, # B20 W 51

they also sent me an article about testing different brands and all their options and this particular paint has some sort of different surface tension or some . thats what the article was saying and it was formulated specifically for smooth surfaces, not walls.


ive got some experience with paint too. but mostly PPG. lol


ill see if i can locate the article too for ya
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Awesome, so it is water based!

Solvent paint is a to use for hydro dipping, the water based don't harden to a point it won't take the ink during a dip. Solvent paints only allow a window to dip and then you are screwed.

How thick was it? could it be shot thru an HVLP gun?
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there is an oil base version of it, but this one, with the "W" designation in the paint code denotes water based.

hmmm...i would think it needs reducing for hvlp.


but ive never tried to shoot latex through one of those.

you could do it airless sprayer i bet
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there is an oil base version of it, but this one, with the "W" designation in the paint code denotes water based.

hmmm...i would think it needs reducing for hvlp.


but ive never tried to shoot latex through one of those.

you could do it airless sprayer i bet
Thinking reducer might get it done.

Might have to try some next time im in S-W picking up supplies.

Thanks for the info and again, very nice work!

You ever need to incorporate a hydro design on a project, hit me up!
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will do!


although i generally work with raw stainless.
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I hope you can find a good way to hide those bolt holes....that's kind of distracting.
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its not a hole. its a countersunk allen so the surfaces are flush.


they like em though cause it shows the mechanical aspect of the assembly.
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they sent me pics of project in its habitat...



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Looks great. what's design/fab costs on something like that ?
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