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Northern New Jersey

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Welded metal, printed plastic

By on August 23, 2016

I should say that while I have a poor-quality Harbor Freight MIG welder, I also have hardly any idea how to weld or use that machine properly. However, that did not stop me from making an ugly yet functional welded frame for the airbag!

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This weird Y-shape is hopefully going to be a secure mounting point for all the extra crap I want to add including the airbag itself, battery, fans, and maybe even a speaker if I can budget the space. Part of it will be visible beneath the airbag, since that seems to be how the screen one is designed:

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The frame is made of steel; I also made some aluminum L-brackets to hold my fake 3d printed right angle air hose fittings.

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Welding aluminum to steel is not happening with the welder I have available, so I’m going to have to settle for drilling some holes and securing these brackets to the frame with regular ol’ nuts and bolts.

Anyway, I am hoping that the frame I’ve made will be removable from the armor through three wing nuts (the one visible one mid-back, and two on either side of the “Y” shape under the airbag).

With the frame kinda roughly in the position I want it, my next problem was figuring out how to tackle the shoulder mounts where the air filter and front connectors sit. After debating a couple of ideas, I decided my best bet would be to use the crutch of 3d printing to solve the issue.

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I designed these in quick-and-dirty fashion to solve the angles I had to cover, and printed them at rough resolution just to prototype things. The gap in the top plate behind where the pipe protrudes is designed to hopefully accept a hose clamp that will hold the gas mask hose against the part. The front air filter is just loosely friction-fitted onto the hose part for now, but it gets the point across.

Basically, I’m hoping this can be permanently attached to each prong of the Y-frame and serve as a stable mount to hang the extra weight of the bag and other necessary hardware. Since it’s such a simple part, I may just sand these rough-printed pieces a bunch, XTC-3D them, and paint them up as-is. More work to be done on this part in the next few days!

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