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 Post subject: Black strong & flexible!
PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 12:15 pm 
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Finally! This is now an option at Shapeways. :D


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 Post subject: Re: Black strong & flexible!
PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 12:16 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Black strong & flexible!
PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 12:30 pm 
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You're not the first person to notice it though...

It's a bit too expensive for my taste. I'm not going to pay an extra $40 to have my parts dyed for me when I can do the same thing at home in half an hour using $5 worth of dye. But it's nice for smaller projects or the people who value their time a bit more.

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 Post subject: Re: Black strong & flexible!
PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 12:44 pm 
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TomZ wrote:
You're not the first person to notice it though...

Oops. :oops: I did do a search for "black strong flexible" before posting!

I also wonder about the price tradeoff. If I were accustomed to dyeing I might stick with that route, but not having tried it yet, I'll probably just shell out the $$ instead.


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 Post subject: Re: Black strong & flexible!
PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 1:06 pm 
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You should give dyeing a try... it is really easy!
And cheap! RIT fabric dye costs only a few bucks, and you can dye a ton (or a few) pieces at once...


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 Post subject: Re: Black strong & flexible!
PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 1:24 pm 
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So is this the right product?

http://www.ritdye.com/Liquids.28.51.5.9.lasso

Any tips on using it for WSF?


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 Post subject: Re: Black strong & flexible!
PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 1:32 pm 
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I've dyed pieces once with great success. Here's what I did:

I use dylon #8, the kind that comes in a tin.

Step 1: Cleaning
First I bring to the boil some water (about 1.5L) in a large pan. In this water I clean the pieces with some detergent. I allow them to boil in the soapy water for a couple of minutes. I then rinse the pieces in cold, running water to remove *all* of the soap.

Step 2: Dying
Again I bring some new water to the boil (you don't want to reuse the soapy stuff) and add the dylon and some salt (30g or whatever it says on the packet). After allowing the dye to dissolve completely I put in the pieces and let them soak up the dye for 20 minutes (water still boiling, I believe - but do what it says on the packet). Stir constantly to ensure even dying.

Step 3: Final cleaning
Finally I take the pan off the stove and drain the dye solution and the pieces into the sink. I then run tap water over them until no more dye runs off. Allow to dry and you're done.

Don't worry about the pieces melting, they won't. The pan doesn't seem to be affected but I wouldn't use it for food after doing this.

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 Post subject: Re: Black strong & flexible!
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The same steps apply for the RIT stuff... I've only used the powder, but I'm told the liquid works well too...

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 Post subject: Re: Black strong & flexible!
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OK, thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: Black strong & flexible!
PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 5:08 pm 
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RIT dye should work fine, as I use it to dye my Lacrosse Heads, which are similar, both the pieces and the heads are plastic.

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 Post subject: Re: Black strong & flexible!
PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 8:45 am 
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Do the pieces increase in size?

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 Post subject: Re: Black strong & flexible!
PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 10:28 am 
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I haven't noticed any changes in tolerance due to the dye...
But I can't say for sure...


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 Post subject: Re: Black strong & flexible!
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I'm interested in dying a white puzzle (specifically, an FTO) red... should I worry about melting pieces?


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 Post subject: Re: Black strong & flexible!
PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 2:42 pm 
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You can't do that. White strong and flexible is a very porous material. Your FTO is made with a much denser plastic and won't absorb any of the dye. I bet it will turn out just as white as when you started.

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