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Ball-cup rod ends for CF arms just arrived

Posted: Thu Sep 22, 2016 2:06 pm
by bvandiepenbos
First batch of injection molded rod ends arrived today.
Should be available for shipping by end of next week. After we inspect and package up kits.
Will be available as complete CF arms sets, retrofit kit for existing Trick Laser CF arms, and just rod ends for building your own arms.
Fits 3/8" balls like oem seemecnc bar-bells.
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Re: Ball-cup rod ends for CF arms just arrived

Posted: Thu Sep 22, 2016 2:37 pm
by Tincho85
Nice add-on Brian, they do look great.
Just out of curiosity, will they come in other colors?

Re: Ball-cup rod ends for CF arms just arrived

Posted: Thu Sep 22, 2016 3:47 pm
by bvandiepenbos
Tincho85 wrote:Nice add-on Brian, they do look great.
Just out of curiosity, will they come in other colors?
Only red.

Re: Ball-cup rod ends for CF arms just arrived

Posted: Fri Sep 23, 2016 10:39 am
by U.S. Water Rockets
What kind of plastic are they made from? My slight OCD makes me wish these were a neutral color like black/white/silver so I'd be interested to know if they were made from something I could use a black plastic dye on.

Re: Ball-cup rod ends for CF arms just arrived

Posted: Fri Sep 23, 2016 7:04 pm
by KAS
Brian, do you have a "conversion" in the works for the Max Metal Platform? (http://www.tricklaser.com/MAX-METAL-Pla ... L-PLAT.htm)

Re: Ball-cup rod ends for CF arms just arrived

Posted: Fri Sep 23, 2016 10:22 pm
by bvandiepenbos
U.S. Water Rockets wrote:What kind of plastic are they made from? My slight OCD makes me wish these were a neutral color like black/white/silver so I'd be interested to know if they were made from something I could use a black plastic dye on.
Glass fiber reinforced PBT

Re: Ball-cup rod ends for CF arms just arrived

Posted: Fri Sep 23, 2016 10:49 pm
by bvandiepenbos
KAS wrote:Brian, do you have a "conversion" in the works for the Max Metal Platform? (http://www.tricklaser.com/MAX-METAL-Pla ... L-PLAT.htm)
Hi Kevin,
Yes, metal balls with M3 studs will be available.
I got a few 100 threaded balls in a few months ago but the quality was not acceptable. (China, no suprise there)
So I built a fixture to drill balls myself very precisely and press studs in, it works but is very labor intensive.
I am looking for a more efficient way to make them, possibly friction welding cap screws to stainless steel bearing balls. Once I get a few other projects off my plate, the plan is to build a spin welding jig.
Trying to keep cost reasonable.
Quotes to have custom turned ball+stud have been ridiculously expensive.
I REALLY want steel balls, the seeme plastic barbells flex a bit to much for me. But they do work decent, so that's what we will use with our rod ends for now.
Actually, one piece machined metal bar-bells is possibly the best design. I have one designed and modeled, just have not had time to get prototypes made.

Re: Ball-cup rod ends for CF arms just arrived

Posted: Sat Sep 24, 2016 4:34 pm
by KAS
Sounds good, when available I'll definitely purchase a set.