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    Re: TravelWide Repair Question

    If this is a flat piece (could be made out of plate) and you have a dxf file, then why not ask someone with a lasercutter or waterjet cutter? Could be a cheap and fast way to have small batch made. Certainly if the holes are the same size or larger than the thickness. If you go metal then maybe it could be made thinner to arrive at that condition. Then inox might even be the cheapest option. (steel is cheaper but will need work or it rusts)
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    Re: TravelWide Repair Question

    Creating a dsx.file for making a little series requires wellknown dimensions.
    This plastic pieces are somehow wobbling, the holes are broken.
    Measuring became hard and unprecise.
    For this task and concerning the tiny dimensions of the holes lasercuttung would not be my first idea.

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    Re: TravelWide Repair Question

    OK, no problem. I don't have a travelwide so it is hard to have an idea how large the pieces are from a photo without references. But I regulary have steel parts laser cut for hobby use and this is surprisingly affordable IF you can find a willing supplier.

    If the holes are so fine (from what I understand about 1mm) then "wire cutting" would be a good way to make them. Not as cheap as laser cutting but still affordable. Try to find a toolmaker, someone that makes injection dies for plastic or so. Sadly I don't have relations in that world anymore.

    But I think that waterjet cutting might be possible. If you have a .dxf, send it on (PM) I could ask my supplier. If you have a sketch with dimensions then I can make a .dxf if needed.
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    Re: TravelWide Repair Question

    Do we have a count on how many want a repair?

    Perhaps a Poll?

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    Re: TravelWide Repair Question

    A better question would be how many were produced and how many need repair?

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    Re: TravelWide Repair Question

    There were 1026 backers, so the total number of cameras produced was around this. Of these, it looks like 237 were shipped in the 65mm fixed-focus configuration, so that means around 800 cameras have the focusing helicoid. I think it's safe to say that all of the 90mm versions need (or will eventually need) repair.

    Another interesting question is how many of these are being used. Mine isn't - it needs this repair

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    Re: TravelWide Repair Question

    Iím in on any fix anyone can come up with

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    Re: TravelWide Repair Question

    I need a fix for my TravelWide.

    The total production was something like 2,500 I think. Maybe only 2K, don't remember exactly.

    Don't know the nuts and bolts of this stuff, but I understood that commercial shops can now make parts in metals like Aluminum, Brass and Stainless Steel. Could the parts can be prototyped in plastic, then done in in metal?


    I have been away a bit. Read the last two pages and I am not sure that I understand: Will the machined ring approach work? Or is the 3D printed method the way to go?
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    Re: TravelWide Repair Question

    Drew, the machined ring will work fine.
    If you have time to wait two or three days, I should be over the mountain and being able to present the result.
    A printed method only would repeat your problems, we really need more rigid stuff.

    Best,Ritchie

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