If you can, go for it. The horizontal orientation will help with strength.
I must have missed editing that section of video in. Those plates fit across the bottom of the bearing plate to hold the setting axle bearings in place.
Thank you for the compliments! I do not sell them. There is a tremendous amount of work involved -- too much to be able to sell them. Plus I need time to work on some other projects.
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I've updated the parts and the Instructable. There is now an option for splitting the step drum which reduces the minimum print volume to 160x160x170mm. That should allow more people to be able to build the Curta.
I used a triple c-bot I built (http://openbuilds.org/builds/triple-c-bot.1757/) to print the parts. The filament was 3D Mars from Amazon (http://amzn.to/2evDRLa)
It is a long build and he is a busy guy, but it hasn't gone unnoticed: https://twitter.com/donttrythis/status/730590977786662912More on that soon
I have my dad's slide rule. I really should look up how to use it some time.
To give a more specific timeline, it took about a year for the first Curta without paint (still haven't painted it yet). The second Curta I built faster, but spent months working out how to paint it. Doing a fresh one with paint and my full focus would probably take 2-3 months while also working full-time.
That's a cool story! I learned the basics of using it on YouTube and the rest I figured out through vcalc.net where the manual is posted (http://www.vcalc.net/cu.htm#manual).
Thanks! The engineering was done by the guy who invented the Curta (Curt Herzstark). I did the CAD work from the original engineering drawings at nominal dimensions and 1:1 scale. Then I scaled it up and added tolerances for 3D printing. The CAD work took about a month to get at 1:1 scale. A couple weeks after that I had a scaled up copy with tolerances added in. I learned CAD along the way... There are a few parts I would build differently now.
1) PLA. It has better printability and rigidity compared to the others.2) The height is due to the step drum and main axle. I can design a version that separates the largest portion from the step drum.3) None of the parts are designed to have the numbers and letters printed into them so multiple materials would not help with color without redesigning those parts. Soluble supports may help, but I did not need them and it does add to the expenses of the build.
The calculator's basic operations are addition and subtraction (subtraction is actually done via 10's compliment addition similar to how a computer does subtraction via 2's compliment addition in binary). From there, multiplication can be done via repeated addition and division can be done by repeated subtraction. Multiple digit multiplication and subtraction is aided by being able to rotate the upper carriage which is the base 10 equivalent of a shift operation on a computer -- basically multiplying the input by a power of 10 as it adds it to the result. Those who are good at using it can also calculate squares and roots among other things (though roots are not as easy as simply using the square root operator at the press of a button).
Absolutely! One of my biggest goals for the Curta right now is to see others build it as well. Having good and repeatable instructions goes a long way towards that.
Thanks! And for anyone / everyone reading, I think the biggest thanks I could get are pictures of completed builds. Here or on thingiverse (or both).
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