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    Vacuum molded Micro sluice

    I wanted to see if I could 3d print a mold and vacuum mold over it to make a micro sluice. Turns out I can. Not sure if they will work worth a darn, but it was fun to go through the process of making them.
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    How much?


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    Cool

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    mill some back cut riffles. Those square drops boil to much and fine gold can't settle out. The calsluice is the same and it spits out fine gold.

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    us
    May 2016
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldwasher View Post
    mill some back cut riffles. Those square drops boil to much and fine gold can't settle out. The calsluice is the same and it spits out fine gold.
    I was wanting to do this, bit not sure how well the part will release from the mold. I'll check out the calsluice and see how it works.

    Mine did get a little back cut from the pattern softening under the heat of the vacuum mold.

    Thank you for the input.

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    true I guess ir would lock on because of the riffles

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldwasher View Post
    true I guess ir would lock on because of the riffles
    If I wanted to get fancy I could make it so the riffles retract at the angle of the back cut prior to the sluice coming off the mold.

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    Rosej - really awesome what you can produce-like the creativity. Like other's comments, try a riffle pattern with cut-back and varying extruded heights. Maybe something simple like below...
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    Quote Originally Posted by rosej3570 View Post
    I was wanting to do this, bit not sure how well the part will release from the mold. I'll check out the calsluice and see how it works.

    Mine did get a little back cut from the pattern softening under the heat of the vacuum mold.

    Thank you for the input.
    Use a product called "mold release" to get your sluice free from the mother mold!

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    Apr 2015
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    Russau,

    I don't think mold relsase would help with back cuts, as the molded part would cover more than 180 degrees of the mother and trap it.
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