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Title: The Forum VI 3D Printed Pick
Post by: markj on January 03, 2022, 03:27:37 AM
I have been working on this for a while. A few iterations of design and then re-design to accommodate the limitations of my printer. I tried several versions of this and these two final designs are what I am presenting to you.

I will custom print one of these for every original owner of the Larrive Forum VI Guitar, free of charge.

It is a simple design yet one that uses two tool changes. I could actually make these 3 colors but chose to just "Sandwich" the "inlay" material between two layers of the same color.

I tried to add Larrivee and even attempted an actual logo but it started to look too busy. The logo was not pretty. lol. I would have to try to print it with a .25mm nozzle and that can be challenging and inconsistent. At least with this design, I know that every time I print one, it will work. The surface may look a little rough in the photo below but they are surprisingly smooth in real life.

We have Terra Cotta with a White inlay and Brown with a Terra Cotta inlay. If you want one of each design, let me know which color scheme you would like for each one.

(https://i.postimg.cc/MK5X9VLr/Larrivee-Forum-VIPicks.jpg)

These picks play really nice. They are 1mm thick and printed using PETG 3D filament.

Shoot me a PM with your address if you want one or two.


Title: Re: The Forum VI 3D Printed Pick
Post by: markj on January 03, 2022, 03:43:56 AM
The collection of designs and printing attempts. They were getting to be over 2mm thick with the embossed lettering. It does provide a nice grip but I prefer the "inlay" versions as they don't affect the flexibility of the pick.

(https://i.postimg.cc/8Ch2bBK7/20220102-213723.jpg)


Title: Re: The Forum VI 3D Printed Pick
Post by: Mikeymac on January 03, 2022, 06:02:24 AM
Wow - those are very cool! I'm sure we'll all be in touch to get ours...   :thumb


Title: Re: The Forum VI 3D Printed Pick
Post by: Riverbend on January 03, 2022, 11:28:10 AM
Very nice Mark, and a very kind and generous gesture I might add. I have no preference, they're both cool in either color. I'll take one with what you think is the best grip. Thank you!


Title: Re: The Forum VI 3D Printed Pick
Post by: jwdecour on January 03, 2022, 12:41:37 PM
Nice work!  :cheers


Title: Re: The Forum VI 3D Printed Pick
Post by: Hooked on January 03, 2022, 12:51:25 PM
What a cool gesture! Thanks Mark - PM sent.
 :thumbsup


Title: Re: The Forum VI 3D Printed Pick
Post by: markj on January 12, 2022, 05:43:00 AM
Started to batch print the picks.

Here is a short video showing the printing process. Remember, this printer is melting the plastic at 240c and laying it down on a heated textured steel sheet at 90c. The picks this process produces are actually pretty cool. I laughed when I first thought about 3D printing picks. I intend to experiment with different materials, softer, maybe some carbon fiber infused plastic. It will be fun.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ox1VIodA56E

That is the very first layer of brown being laid down after terra cotta layers so it is not as dark as the final product will be. It mixes the two colors for the first layer or two until it takes on it's actual color.

First batch, I screwed up and made the color switch one layer too soon. There are 9 of these "mistake" picks that just have a slightly darker inlay than the terra cotta inlay.

The first 9 people to claim their free Forum VI pick, will get one of the mistake picks included.


Title: Re: The Forum VI 3D Printed Pick
Post by: markj on January 12, 2022, 05:54:00 AM
The first batch of 9 Forum VI picks and then another photo showing the "mistake" picks.



Title: Re: The Forum VI 3D Printed Pick
Post by: Riverbend on January 12, 2022, 11:08:23 AM
Pretty cool, and I wonder if someday they'll make a guitar like that, if they haven't already!
I sent you my address, and thanks again for the kind gesture!


Title: Re: The Forum VI 3D Printed Pick
Post by: mgood1845 on January 12, 2022, 02:37:10 PM
I have been working on this for a while. A few iterations of design and then re-design to accommodate the limitations of my printer. I tried several versions of this and these two final designs are what I am presenting to you.

I will custom print one of these for every original owner of the Larrive Forum VI Guitar, free of charge.

It is a simple design yet one that uses two tool changes. I could actually make these 3 colors but chose to just "Sandwich" the "inlay" material between two layers of the same color.

I tried to add Larrivee and even attempted an actual logo but it started to look too busy. The logo was not pretty. lol. I would have to try to print it with a .25mm nozzle and that can be challenging and inconsistent. At least with this design, I know that every time I print one, it will work. The surface may look a little rough in the photo below but they are surprisingly smooth in real life.

We have Terra Cotta with a White inlay and Brown with a Terra Cotta inlay. If you want one of each design, let me know which color scheme you would like for each one.

(https://i.postimg.cc/MK5X9VLr/Larrivee-Forum-VIPicks.jpg)

These picks play really nice. They are 1mm thick and printed using PETG 3D filament.

Shoot me a PM with your address if you want one or two.


markj that is so cool! also I had to settle for the X570 Carbon because you snagged the godlike! hahaha I don't have a 3d printer so it went to the right person! Nice gesture for all the new forum owners that material isn't cheap!


Title: Re: The Forum VI 3D Printed Pick
Post by: markj on January 12, 2022, 02:52:33 PM

markj that is so cool! also I had to settle for the X570 Carbon because you snagged the godlike! hahaha I don't have a 3d printer so it went to the right person! Nice gesture for all the new forum owners that material isn't cheap!

LMAO!  I actually do have an X570 Godlike motherboard.

(https://i.postimg.cc/FzPsKztd/20210107-221721.jpg)


Title: Re: The Forum VI 3D Printed Pick
Post by: Mikeymac on January 12, 2022, 03:38:55 PM
Thanks again, Mark! PM sent.   :thumb

 :donut :coffee :donut2 :coffee


Title: Re: The Forum VI 3D Printed Pick
Post by: Riverbend on January 12, 2022, 03:45:53 PM
LMAO!  I actually do have an X570 Godlike motherboard.

(https://i.postimg.cc/FzPsKztd/20210107-221721.jpg)
Open the pod doors, HAL...


Title: Re: The Forum VI 3D Printed Pick
Post by: eded on January 12, 2022, 04:22:25 PM
Open the pod doors, HAL...

I'm sorry.  I can't do that Dave.


Title: Re: The Forum VI 3D Printed Pick
Post by: Hooked on January 12, 2022, 08:17:47 PM
Now you guys are quoting my favorite movie. I knew I was hanging out with a bad crowd!

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Title: Re: The Forum VI 3D Printed Pick
Post by: Riverbend on January 13, 2022, 12:20:21 AM
Now you guys are quoting my favorite movie. I knew I was hanging out with a bad crowd!
Sent from my SM-G986U using Tapatalk
:cheers


Title: Re: The Forum VI 3D Printed Pick
Post by: markj on January 13, 2022, 03:31:28 AM
I count 8 of you so far.

Hooked
Riverbend
awarsoca
jazzereh
mike in lytle   
Bard   
Mikeymac   
Strings4Him

Each of you will receive a "mistake" pick along with your request from your pm.

There is one more "mistake" pick for the 9th caller...


Title: Re: The Forum VI 3D Printed Pick
Post by: Frasier1 on January 13, 2022, 04:03:10 AM
Oh count me in for sure!!  I meant to respond last week but got sidetracked with work.

Thanks for what you're doing!!


Title: Re: The Forum VI 3D Printed Pick
Post by: mike in lytle on January 13, 2022, 04:20:39 AM
LMAO!  I actually do have an X570 Godlike motherboard.
Awesome, but aside from crushing my enemies in battle, can it help me make You tube videos more entrancing and lifelike?
Mike


Title: Re: The Forum VI 3D Printed Pick
Post by: markj on January 14, 2022, 05:00:04 AM
Awesome, but aside from crushing my enemies in battle, can it help me make You tube videos more entrancing and lifelike?
Mike

Well, it does have an AMD 5950X 16 core / 32 thread processor overclocked to 4.6Ghz all core and 64GB of ram and a 24GB NVIDIA RTX3090 liquid cooled GPU. It can do a lot for video processing.  :cop:

edit to say that the photo above is before the 3090 GPU upgrade. Pictured is a lowly AMD 6900XT. Which is AMD top of the line GPU which is in my other workstation now.

Anyway, back to your regularly scheduled program...


Title: Re: The Forum VI 3D Printed Pick
Post by: Mikeymac on January 21, 2022, 10:01:26 PM
My picks arrived today! Thank you, Mark!

They look great, and just the right thickness.

I am doing some sanding on the playing edge to get it to the tone I'm looking for.

 :bowdown:


Title: Re: The Forum VI 3D Printed Pick
Post by: markj on January 21, 2022, 11:55:35 PM
My picks arrived today! Thank you, Mark!

They look great, and just the right thickness.

I am doing some sanding on the playing edge to get it to the tone I'm looking for.

 :bowdown:

Happy to see they are starting to arrive. They were all mailed on Tuesday.

Sand away! I do the same thing.


Title: Re: The Forum VI 3D Printed Pick
Post by: Strings4Him on January 21, 2022, 11:57:49 PM
Yes, thank you Mark for the picks and the nice note too.  Appreciate your kindness in doing this 👍


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Title: Re: The Forum VI 3D Printed Pick
Post by: Riverbend on January 22, 2022, 06:21:57 PM
Thank you Mark, I got mine today! Very nice, indeed!


Title: Re: The Forum VI 3D Printed Pick
Post by: Bard on January 22, 2022, 07:00:06 PM
I got mine too! Thanks Mark. They are pretty cool.


Title: Re: The Forum VI 3D Printed Pick
Post by: mike in lytle on January 22, 2022, 08:56:12 PM
Mine arrived today as well!
Great work. What a gift, gonna keep the envelope, note and picks in the case as provenance.
Thank you!
Mike


Title: Re: The Forum VI 3D Printed Pick
Post by: markj on January 24, 2022, 10:06:49 PM
All the picks that were requested have been mailed as of today. There are still a few of you out there that have not requested the picks. It's cool if you don't want them, but I do have more printed, just waiting here. :wave
 :gotpics: <- Should be, "Got Picks?"


Title: Re: The Forum VI 3D Printed Pick
Post by: awarsoca on January 24, 2022, 11:31:00 PM
My envelope came today.  Thanks so much Mark!  I am going to wait to open it whenever my guitar gets here.  Still waiting on my call


Title: Re: The Forum VI 3D Printed Pick
Post by: mike in lytle on January 25, 2022, 01:20:23 AM
Mine arrived today as well!
Great work. What a gift, gonna keep the envelope, note and picks in the case as provenance.
I read my post and could have been misunderstood ALL the picks were going in the case.
They aren't. Two are being played and I would like some opinions on "how" to sand them.
I like that the picks are slightly larger than a normal pick is, and that the picks are easy to grip.
Mike


Title: Re: The Forum VI 3D Printed Pick
Post by: Mikeymac on January 25, 2022, 04:58:09 AM

 :gotpics: <- Should be, "Got Picks?"

 

Good one!!!


Title: Re: The Forum VI 3D Printed Pick
Post by: Mikeymac on January 25, 2022, 07:40:58 PM

They aren't. Two are being played and I would like some opinions on "how" to sand them.


You can use either files or sandpaper. So far, I've used a "sanding pick" that came with some Snark picks I bought (each package of 12 Snark picks has a "pick file" in the package; see pic of the pick file below). Like a nail file, the pick file has a "shaping" (rougher grit) side and a "finishing"
 (finer grit) side to use.

On the Forum VI picks, I started by rounding the tip a little, making it just slightly less pointy (which should give a rounder tone). Then I round the edge of the pick (which is pretty square as received) with the shaping side, and smooth it some with the finishing side. I'll probably also pull out some finder sandpaper in 600, 1500 and 2000 grit to really polish off the pick when I'm happy with the tone it produces. You can also use a microfiber cloth to polish the edges of the pick somewhat.

It's a process ... you just have to be patient, take your time, and keep testing the pick on the strings to get the tone you're looking for. I'm not there yet - haven't had enough time to finish one to satisfaction (darn work - having a real job gets in the way of my hobbies!).

Good luck!


Title: Re: The Forum VI 3D Printed Pick
Post by: markj on January 25, 2022, 07:59:32 PM
You can use either files or sandpaper. So far, I've used a "sanding pick" that came with some Snark picks I bought (each package of 12 Snark picks has a "pick file" in the package; see pic of the pick file below). Like a nail file, the pick file has a "shaping" (rougher grit) side and a "finishing"
 (finer grit) side to use.

On the Forum VI picks, I started by rounding the tip a little, making it just slightly less pointy (which should give a rounder tone). Then I round the edge of the pick (which is pretty square as received) with the shaping side, and smooth it some with the finishing side. I'll probably also pull out some finder sandpaper in 600, 1500 and 2000 grit to really polish off the pick when I'm happy with the tone it produces. You can also use a microfiber cloth to polish the edges of the pick somewhat.

It's a process ... you just have to be patient, take your time, and keep testing the pick on the strings to get the tone you're looking for. I'm not there yet - haven't had enough time to finish one to satisfaction (darn work - having a real job gets in the way of my hobbies!).

Good luck!


That sounds like the perfect method to get good results.

Sand and file away! If you mess one up you have more. Use the "Mistake Pick" as a test subject. Well the first 9 of you that get a "Mistake Pick" They are all gone now. In any event, if you need a replacement, it can be arranged.  :beer


Title: Re: The Forum VI 3D Printed Pick
Post by: jazzereh on January 28, 2022, 03:23:47 PM
Got my 'hallmark envelope' today.  Many thanks, Mark, for doing this.  Indeed a unique way to celebrate a wonderful guitar and the process that got it to us.
Ralph


Title: Re: The Forum VI 3D Printed Pick
Post by: markj on January 28, 2022, 10:01:41 PM
The "Hallmarks" were provided by my better half.  :wink:


Title: Re: The Forum VI 3D Printed Pick
Post by: Guzzijeff on February 17, 2022, 07:02:49 PM
Hi Mark. Thanks for doing this. Please put me on your list. I would be happy with any that you send me (1 of each?)! Thanks again!
Peace, Jeff


Title: Re: The Forum VI 3D Printed Pick
Post by: markj on February 17, 2022, 09:03:20 PM
Send me a private message with your shipping info.


Title: Re: The Forum VI 3D Printed Pick
Post by: markj on February 17, 2022, 09:06:40 PM
I still need to get Rockysdad his picks too. I have been isolating for the past 2 weeks after testing positive for COVID-19 on February 3rd.

All better now with a Negative at home test today and a PCR follow-up tomorrow.

I should be all clear to leave the house early next week.


Title: Re: The Forum VI 3D Printed Pick
Post by: Rockysdad on February 18, 2022, 03:15:54 AM
I still need to get Rockysdad his picks too. I have been isolating for the past 2 weeks after testing positive for COVID-19 on February 3rd.

All better now with a Negative at home test today and a PCR follow-up tomorrow.

I should be all clear to leave the house early next week.

Hope you're okay, no rush, whenever you get around to it will be just fine.


Title: Re: The Forum VI 3D Printed Pick
Post by: markj on February 18, 2022, 05:44:40 PM
PMs received. I hope to get them mailed out Monday, Possibly tomorrow.


Title: Re: The Forum VI 3D Printed Pick
Post by: markj on March 21, 2022, 10:38:54 PM
Finally got the last 3 sets shipped today.

Rockysdad
jwdecour
Guzzijeff

You should receive your picks in a few days.


Title: Re: The Forum VI 3D Printed Pick
Post by: markj on March 26, 2022, 01:18:31 AM
I just finished printing 3 picks out using TPU which is essentially, rubber.

I have a very floppy .75mm and middle ground 1.5mm and a chonky 2.5mm.

The .75mm makes your guitar very quiet. I mean, you could probably practice in the middle of the night, and not bother or wake anyone. It's rather remarkable.

All of them provide a near silent pick sound and a very warm tone.

Has anyone ever played with a rubber pick?

Has anyone ever even heard of rubber picks being offered for sale?





Title: Re: The Forum VI 3D Printed Pick
Post by: jwdecour on March 28, 2022, 09:58:31 PM
Thanks Mark for the awesome guitar picks.  I received them today.


Title: Re: The Forum VI 3D Printed Pick
Post by: Guzzijeff on March 30, 2022, 03:50:53 PM
Thank you, Mark. I love the picks. My 14yr old son just got a 3D printer and he thinks your picks are really cool! He says he’ll make some for me (after the 100+ projects he wants to get too first!).


Title: Re: The Forum VI 3D Printed Pick
Post by: markj on March 31, 2022, 03:31:02 AM
My pleasure guys! I had a lot of fun making them.

Jeff, good move getting a 3D printer for your son. Try to get him to learn 3D design. FreeCAD is a great and free program he should download. He can start in TinkerCAD which is online only and also free, but it is much more limited than FreeCAD. FreeCAD is a complex program but, learning 3D parametric design with it could provide a nice base for a possible future career.