DIY Rotocasting

Rotational molding, also known as rotomolding, is a molding process for creating many kinds of mostly hollow items. The info is not specific to Classic Cylon Centurions, but SURE can be helpful for them and many, many others projects. Here you'll find various threads with great info from our members for the hobby of costuming.
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DIY Rotocasting

Post by Big Al » Sat Jul 30, 2011 10:36 am

:cylongold: DIY Rotocasting
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:cylon: I wanted to start this thread because we need a thread on DIY Rotocasting. Anyone who has experience with this method or who has built there own Machine... please share.

I personlly have no experience with Rotocasting, I Have never done Rotocasting or even seen a Rotocast machine up close.

But I have seen alot of videos and read a few articles on the process and a few on-line builds.

I know this is a great way to make parts no matter if your making :cylon: Cylons or Worrier Helments, :cool: or whatever your favotite bucket might be, This would definitely be a great way to make em!!:salute:

I know there are Cylons here on this forum that do Rotocasting { :cylon: Huttman that means you! :cylon: } LOL...and it would be very cool to have their imput on this subject. :salute:

My intrest is in the DIY machines and plans so that is what I will be searching for and when I find the good ones I'll post the link.

Please do the same when you find stuff. :smile:

I would like to build one of these someday (in the future) and I'm sure other Cylons would too! :salute:


:cylon: I have some links to articals on the subject and alot of questions, So please imput.

Try to stay on topic and I wll edit and tweek my post as we go.

Thanks, :salute:
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Re: DIY Rotocasting

Post by Cylon-Knight » Sat Jul 30, 2011 10:41 am

So, I have no idea what Rotocasting is.
Robocop with a fishing pole? ... wouldn't the little boat sink??? :shock:
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Re: DIY Rotocasting

Post by Big Al » Sat Jul 30, 2011 11:08 am

Cylon-Knight wrote:So, I have no idea what Rotocasting is.
Robocop with a fishing pole? ... wouldn't the little boat sink??? :shock:

HAHAHAHAHAHA LOL :lol: BADDA-BING! (Ching!) (Schmultsy High Hat Sound goes here) :nah:

That was funny dude! :lol: :lol: :lol:

Roto Casting is this cool way to cast parts and you do it in a machine that looks like it could open a Time warp worm hole.

I gota take my Pop somewhere right now but when I get back I will post some of the stuff I found.
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Re: DIY Rotocasting

Post by Big Al » Sat Jul 30, 2011 2:07 pm

:cylongold: DIY Rotocast Machines :cylongold:



:cylon: OK I am still searching on the net for information on this topic as there are alot of videos and just a few build and plan resources.

I am still looking for PDF's and books on the subject and when I find them I will post.

So to get this started, here is a Video of Huttman's New Rotocast Machine His friend and him made and it is probablly the most professional looking DIY Build of a rotocaster I have seen to date.

:cylon: Huttman's Machine is top shelf and no doubt is as close as you can get to a commercial machine without buying one.

Have a look it's Impressive.........Most Impressive



:cylon: Huttman's DIY Rotocast machine



:cylon: This is where you can see Huttman's Blaster that he made with his Rotoform! :cool:Very Nice Job! :salute: :salute:



:cylon: Check out the rest of the incredible work on this site Off World Industries
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Re: DIY Rotocasting

Post by Big Al » Sat Jul 30, 2011 4:48 pm

:cylongold: A Different Type of DIY Rotocast Machine :cylongold:



:cylon: This machine is a "Barrel Type", Made by a fellow named Gerard Boom who creates minitures for role playing games.

His site has not been updates since Mar of 2010 but there is still some good info here. :wink:



:cylon: DIY Barrel Type Rotocast Machine
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Here is the Tutorial on the build: Shifting Lands Rotocast Machine



:cylon: This is Gerard's step by step tutorial on Making Rotocast Forms. Many Pics, Very clean easy to understand tutorial.
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:cylon: Here is another one of Gerard's forms.
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:cylon: This is his tutorial on Nomal and Detailed Casting. Very interesting and some great tips.

:cylon: Casting of detailed pieces using the wet water and pipette technique
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Re: DIY Rotocasting

Post by groupleaderzeta » Sat Jul 30, 2011 9:26 pm

I have been thinking about using rotocast for the IL head project, I have water clear casting resin. wondering how it might turn out. :blush:
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Re: DIY Rotocasting

Post by Big Al » Sat Jul 30, 2011 10:29 pm

groupleaderzeta wrote:I have been thinking about using rotocast for the IL head project, I have water clear casting resin. wondering how it might turn out. :blush:

:cylon: Probably Great!!! Do you have a rotocast machine? and if so did you build it yourself and if you did, did you design it. :salute:
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Re: DIY Rotocasting

Post by groupleaderzeta » Sat Jul 30, 2011 11:04 pm

no machine, but it looks simple to make
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Re: DIY Rotocasting

Post by Big Al » Sun Jul 31, 2011 9:11 am

groupleaderzeta wrote:no machine, but it looks simple to make
I agree!! Not a hard machine to make ...I have some more examples I will post soon!
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Re: DIY Rotocasting

Post by Big Al » Sun Jul 31, 2011 12:52 pm

:cylongold: DIY Rotocast Machine Made From 2 X 4's and Bycycle Parts! :cylongold:


:cylon: This machine is very cool! and is made with 2 X 4's, 1 X 2's, bicycle parts, some ridged plumbing pipe, some flanges, srceen, and Viola!......Let the ....RO..TO..CAST...ING....Begin!!! :nah:

This machine is featured on Instructables and looks like a good starter machine good for making small to med parts.


:cylon: DIY Rotocast Machine for under $150
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:cylon: Here is a video of this machine in action!





:cylon: The Plans!
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:cylon: Here is a pic of the machine with a motor
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:cylon: Here is the machine with the motor in action





Here is the link again for the Instructables article.


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Post by groupleaderzeta » Sun Jul 31, 2011 1:20 pm

vary interesting, indeed
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Re: DIY Rotocasting

Post by Big Al » Sun Jul 31, 2011 1:53 pm

:cylongold: DIY Rotocasting Machine and Plans from Solsylva :cylongold:


:cylon: This on is made with MDF, Wood, and a BBQ rotisserie motor


:cylon: Solsylva Machine
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Here is the link to their page Rotomold Machine


Here is the link for the DXF Files


:cylon: Here is another version of their machine
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:cylon: Here's the plan
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More to come!
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Re: DIY Rotocasting

Post by Big Al » Sun Jul 31, 2011 2:18 pm

:cylongold: DIY Rotocasting Machine Plans on E-Bay :cylongold:


:cylon: This machine is very nice, it's motorized, very inexspensive to build and the plans are only $10. :wink:

Have a look.....


:cylon: Cad Drawing of DIY Rotocaster
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:cylon: This is a video of the machine in action




:cylon: (A few words from the designer) DIY AUTOMATIC ROTO-MOLDING MACHINE. I wanted to build a better mouse trap. Most if not all DIY rotocasters on the web are contraptions with bicycle chains, gears and belts. I don't like to work that hard. I wanted an INEXPENSIVE machine, but not an unwieldy monster that you have to crank by hand for 15-20 minutes!. Here is the answer. Runs on two electric motors. For plans goto ebay.com and search ROTOCASTER MACHINE


:cylon: Here is another video of the machine actualy casting someting!





:cylon: Here is the E-Bay link


More Up Next! :salute:
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Re: DIY Rotocasting

Post by Big Al » Sun Jul 31, 2011 3:13 pm

:cylongold: DIY "Barrel Type" Rotocasting Machine :cylongold:


:cylon: If you are feeling ambitious, this one is for you. I'm not sure where this guy is because his site in in spanish. but this is a very cool machine for someone who would want a robust machine for small production. This machine is similar to the big industrial machines but does NOT have a heated chamber.

:cylon: DIY Rotocasting Machine "Barrel Type"
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:cylon: This is a video of the machine in action





:cylon: This is a video of the Machine being made




:cylon: I haven't found any links to plans nor do I know if he is offering any. Here is his link if you would like to contact him about plans.

Seguro Que Puedes


We'll be right back! :cool:
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Re: DIY Rotocasting

Post by groupleaderzeta » Sun Jul 31, 2011 3:17 pm

my question on the DIY Rotocasting Machine Plans on E-Bay,
is how does he keep the wire from the seconond motor from twisting and breaking after it passes through the shaft tube???

I do like the mechanical connection of the 2 frames, only needing 1 motor.
and I do like this one..
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