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A rolling stone gathers no mould

September 3, 2009
Posted by: gruso

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Case moulds. They’re slow old things to make. When will the moulds be done? Soon. What are we waiting for? The moulds. Thanks blog people, big help. But maybe not everyone out there knows exactly what these moulds are? If that’s you, pull up a pew. Rather than reinvent the wheel, we’ll just tap into some existing educational resources. This technology students page offers a (deceptively) simple overview of the moulding process. They’re not making a gaming handheld, but they are making a blue hedgehog… it’s the best we could do. (You don’t have to take the test at the end). For a more serious read, there’s the slightly less fun Wikipedia page. Pandora’s moulds are currently in the machining phase.

So what can be done while we wait for the moulds? Write code. Paint the fence. Go a little silly. Troll the royal family on MSN. EvilDragon chooses two, perhaps three of these things.

Well, they’re currently cutting the moulds, during the last days, we decided about the material to use, now we are choosing the perfect color (based on PANTONE samples) and I’m working on the silk screen for the case.

That’s what currently happening.

Oh, and I’m working on the new site, but that does take a lot of work, so be patient a bit more :)

A revamped official site? Gosh yes. Our German counterparts even have a sneaky screenshot or two . . .

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13 comments

  1. I feel like ed’s red-headed step child


  2. aaargfh, ugly website. Too wide text, validator buttons (UGH)…


  3. I remember someone (no idea who) made a quite lengthy, but very interesting forum post about the whole process as a responce to someones complaining. anyone remember the thread/responce?


  4. Do you need any help translating into Italian?


  5. lol can someone carbon ID that website? ^^


  6. The diagrams on both the tech-students and Wikipedia sites fail to show the cooling circuit which is used to rapidly cool the newly formed component immediately after injection.

    Worth noting also, that once the mould halves have been machined any designated smooth areas will still require polishing which can take days. (This is still a manual ‘person’ process)


  7. Simon, wat?

    Does that means another not-said delay? :(


  8. FFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU


  9. i vote we change the pandora color to something other than black. how about white?… ok fine then, i want a pink pandora to compliment my pink ds


  10. > “I remember someone (no idea who) made a quite lengthy, but very interesting forum post about the whole process as a responce to someones complaining. anyone remember the thread/responce?”

    As luck would have it, it looks like that thread has just been bumped:

    http://www.gp32x.com/board/index.php?/topic/48272-mould-creation-time/


  11. Well, that process aint so trivial looking at it from the 3d model view.

    there are several issues when looking at moulding.

    first of all you have to think that common moulds only have linear movement so it will only open and close ONE WAY.

    with only that youve got tons of constraints to face. the fact that there cant be any joint like pieces (they would break when opening the mould. (for example try injecting a narrow neck bottle instead of blowing it).

    there is also cooling factor and it is CRITICAl due that if the mould is miss-cooled the product will be easy to break and if it is way too displaced it could break the whole mould (nasty thing ive seen).

    yet just add more issues thinking on the Plastination hole (hot plastic entrance to the mould) there are speed and diferential cooling issues plus suckback .

    gloss profiles and borders when machingin quality is low they usually dent up and end up with leaks.

    so just patience and better hope the machined mould goes 1A


  12. As luck would have it, it looks like that thread has just been bumped:

    http://www.gp32x.com/board/index.php?/topic/48272-mould-creation-time/

    Yep thats the one – Cheers


  13. Did somebody say “Let it begin?”



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