Originally Posted by Lutfij
Will be sure to check that up on your site
Excellent! Loop Planning
So, I thought I'd allow you folks to have a peak inside my head. I've been doing some
loop planning in the past few days (~20 hours since Friday, to be more exact), and
it's a bit of a head-scratcher, but I'm getting there. The most recent layout I'm at
currently is probably not too far from what I'll eventually go with.
I won't start trying to explain what's actually going on here and why I'm making
the choices I'm making, that would take way too long and will be much easier
explained with some actual work (which will have to wait until my neighbour gets
back from vacation and I get the fittings). If anyone has any specific questions I'll
gladly answer them of course, and I'll happily accept feedback, but this is more
for documenting the build process than anything else.
One thing you might notice is that I'm not much of a CAD guy. Sure, CAD is awesome,
but I have found pen and paper to be much more conducive to my thinking
process. I have several dozen A4 pages of drawings for a scratch build that was, well,
scratched, because the SMH10 came onto the market and made my concept
superfluous. So you are rather unlikely to ever see me go through the planning
stages of a project with tons of CAD iterations (nothing against that, of course,
it's just not how my head works).
One thing I must note is that the tube I'm using is can't be bent, hence all those
angles. However, it does have an upside, which I will present once I actually get
to the building stage of this loop.
These are the iterations I've gone through so far, or at least the major ones.
The most recent one is bottom right.(click image for full res)
And a close-up of that most recent stage:(click image for full res)