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The Versatile Frag Plug Project.

Discussion in 'DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Projects' started by spinycheek, Dec 16, 2015.

  1. projectx

    projectx Tuna M.A.S.C Club Member

    Those look great
     
  2. spinycheek

    spinycheek Users with zero posts needing moderation to determine if they are spam bots

    I made a video of my first test with the "Coral Clip". It's meant to be a universal, glue-less attachment for branching, plating and soft corals. Have yet to test on soft corals.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWIi2IZQUSI
     
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  3. spinycheek

    spinycheek Users with zero posts needing moderation to determine if they are spam bots

    I finally made a DIY 3D printable disc. I had to adjust quite a few things to account for the imperfections inherent in FDM printers, but the results are pretty cool. The surface texture is actually designed as a grid pattern on the CAD file, but it's meant to use the printer's bridging artefacts to get the course, textured surface where the glue/coral attaches.

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  5. SynDen

    SynDen Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    Yet one more reason for me to invest in a printer. Very nice.
     
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  6. SkyShark

    SkyShark Barracuda Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    That's great. Really like the textured surface.
     
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  7. spinycheek

    spinycheek Users with zero posts needing moderation to determine if they are spam bots

    Some color experiments with ceramic plugs.

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    The finalists...

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  8. SynDen

    SynDen Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    Those look great, very natural looking. What's your process for these like?
     
  9. spinycheek

    spinycheek Users with zero posts needing moderation to determine if they are spam bots

    Thanks!

    It takes about a week from start to finish, I have to blend colors to get the clay the right color then they're shaped and textured by hand. Dry for a day, Add more coloring, dry again. Fire them which takes about a day. Once they're cool, I clean them up with water and a toothbrush.

    Then I print the threads and glue them into the bottom of the ceramic mounts. Let that cure for a day. Then they're finally done.



    I started off using molds, but I couldn't get the concave underside the way I wanted it, which I've found to be really nice for conforming to live rock, because they wrap around it and don't stick out so bad.
     
  10. J.guokas

    J.guokas Copepod M.A.S.C Club Member

    Should have some pics for you soon man. These things are badass!


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  11. spinycheek

    spinycheek Users with zero posts needing moderation to determine if they are spam bots

    Looking forward to it!

    -Ben
     
  12. spinycheek

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    Ceramic mounts are now in production.

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  14. larryl

    larryl Copepod

    Do you have any pictures of frags encrusted on your plugs? I'm curious about how fast they encrust compared to ceramic frag plugs, and how securely the frags stay attached once they encrust.
     
  15. spinycheek

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    I don't have any encrusted pics, but I'm working on it. The plastic ones are made of the same stuff ORA plugs are made of, so growth should be similar.
     
  16. Fitz19d

    Fitz19d Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    Have a booth at reef stock by chance?

    Still love that 3d octo you sent with samples. Need to get it painted and mounted.
     
  17. spinycheek

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    I won't have a table, but Nick with Ambrosio Aquatics will have my stuff including the ceramic ones. Hopefully I will have time to stop by, but I may not make it.

    Glad you like the octo! If I can, I try to throw something fun into my orders.
     
  18. Tango

    Tango Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    Man those glue less plugs look nice may have to order those when they come out


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  19. SynDen

    SynDen Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    You getting back in?
     
  20. Tango

    Tango Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    Yeah just started a biocube want to get some coral in it probably gonna get a frag tank going and the wife wants a predator tank


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