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Joetrain59

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Working with FXD parts?
« on: March 07, 2018, 02:14:42 AM »
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I just started trying to finish a project I started in 2016. Atlas CNJ RS1 with twin beam headlights. I got the very small headlight parts back then. But they are tough to remove fron the "sprue" w/o damaging the part sometimes. (Shapeways gave me extras!) New #11 blade in knife, too. Seems these parts are very delicate, as even trying to place in position, they can break. The outside wall of the twin beam holes are very thin. Also how long should I soak them in Bestine?
 Thanks very much,
 Joe D

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Re: Working with FXD parts?
« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2018, 02:33:35 AM »
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I would cut the parts apart with a cut off wheel.

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Re: Working with FXD parts?
« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2018, 02:42:50 AM »
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Chris, I'll have to post a photo later. Would any heat generated by cut off wheel melt parts? It would be a very quick process, though. No time for heat to build?
 Joe D

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Re: Working with FXD parts?
« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2018, 02:48:29 AM »
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I have never had a problem. I cut the parts off with the wheel and grind down the leftover nub with the wheel. Then file it the rest of the way.

If you try to chop the parts off with a knife or cutters it could shatter and possibly ruin the part.

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Re: Working with FXD parts?
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2018, 02:53:51 AM »
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Wow this FXD stuff is a totally different beast. Thanks. What about the soak time in Bestine?
 Joe D

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Re: Working with FXD parts?
« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2018, 02:58:26 AM »
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Some people just soak it for a few hours, others a few days.  I put it in an ultrasonic cleaner for about 10min. and that is enough.

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Re: Working with FXD parts?
« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2018, 03:19:56 AM »
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Thanks so much Chris. Just got a new can of Bestine, too.
 Joe D

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Re: Working with FXD parts?
« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2018, 07:55:21 AM »
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FYI this crap don't melt.  Tokk a 900 degree soldering iron tip to it once and NADA.

Just wear a mask using the cutoff wheel and HOLD THE PART, NOT THE SPRUE.

Right @mmagliaro ?

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Re: Working with FXD parts?
« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2018, 01:42:21 AM »
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These are very small parts. Got 2 from sprue with a NEW single edge razor blade. A couple of back and forth swipes, and voila! Nice and clean, no nubs.
 Joe D