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Old 03-22-2011, 06:08 PM #1
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AKA Merlin Extrusion CAD Renderings

Ive been toying with the idea for damn near a decade for making my own line of custom body guns. Now that Im pretty much finished with college and have access to the toys to make it a reality Im starting to go through the design phases. This thread is intended to document the step by step process.

I got some dimensional drawings from PBN a while back and hadnt done anything with them until now. Ive decided Im going to design some bodies and see if I want to have some made. The existing milling designs I like and will probably draw from are Ripper(autococker), Highlander (Viking/Excalibur), Aardvark Entity (Matrix), AKALMP Diamond pattern (Viking/Excalibur), and Karnivor (Autococker).

My starting material will be a 2.25"x1" aluminum block extrusion or premade Merlin style extrusions. I have modeled a starting point for my designs so I dont have to go back through and redo all the chambers every single time. Here is a screen shot..

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3/17/11: Merlin Extrusion Based Model. Weight= 0.44 lbs


3/22/11: Merlin Extrusion Based Model



As I get more done, Ill update this post with what Im doing and what my current to-do list is. If anyone has suggestions on what they might like to see done Ill be happy to consider any outside input.

Current To-do List

-get dimensions for frame mounting holes
-get dimensions for ball detent and wire detent
-get thread dimensions for sear nut, front block hole
-get more exact dimensions for barrel cavity
-begin coming up with concepts for design

Whats been done so far

-created base model
-added in known features
-created Slim Merlin Body model 3/17/11
-created Ripple 1/2 Mill Merlin Body 3/22/11

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Old 03-22-2011, 07:38 PM #2
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You might want to look through this list and see if any of the info you need is in there.
BTW I have the 2nd design already made. It was a prototype from AKA.
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Old 03-22-2011, 08:24 PM #3
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Old 03-22-2011, 11:36 PM #5
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dam dan are you running a 32" monitor?
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Actually a 27" I didn't realize the links from AKAOG were for the full size files until just now. They will resize on the desktop but I don't think will on the phones. I'll see if I can find the links to the smaller files and edit the post.

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Old 03-23-2011, 10:35 AM #7
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Very nice Merlin pictures Dan.

Looks like a good project to the OP.
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hey Poptart what dementions are you needing I may have a Solid works drawing and auto cad drawing of the merlin/evilM and what not , let me see what I can dig up

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EPT- Great to see you back around. I like your thinking, keep that momentum, interested to see what comes up. If you are considering taking any orders, im down.

That 3/17 model with a Pblock would be nice. Pretty much a featherlite. The ASA/front block approach always seemed a bit blocky though. Only thing better might be a flowline milled

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Man, that black cocker is amazing. I would love one just like that with the P block style. I also love the cocking rod and bolt pin looking the same as the Viking/Excal pin. That is really what made it for me.
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Old 03-23-2011, 02:50 PM #11
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hey Poptart what dementions are you needing I may have a Solid works drawing and auto cad drawing of the merlin/evilM and what not , let me see what I can dig up

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All the threading listings would be nice.

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EPT- Great to see you back around. I like your thinking, keep that momentum, interested to see what comes up. If you are considering taking any orders, im down.

That 3/17 model with a Pblock would be nice. Pretty much a featherlite. The ASA/front block approach always seemed a bit blocky though. Only thing better might be a flowline milled
Ill be honest, Im not really intending to do a ton of any one design of these. Im doing it more for fun and to expand my design portfolio to show potential clients stuff later on as a contract design engineer.

If anyone has a certain style they are interested in seeing and can show me examples of what they like, please feel free to PM me. Ill see what I can whip up.

Also, does anyone know any machine shops that can take on small run milling projects and can generate their own machine code from CAD files?
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Not sure but you could always contact Tarantula, Elia Paintball, DC, Acid Customs or KPCS and see if it something they would be willing to do.
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Old 03-23-2011, 03:27 PM #13
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i tried emailing a bunch of folks. didnt hear back from many.
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Old 03-24-2011, 11:46 AM #14
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All the threading listings would be nice.
No problem I will sit down this weekend, and get you the thread spec's, I belive I may have the full AC vertion as well, let me see what I can find, I will have ot digg out a thumb drive as my other machine was used as a wrestling ring and I haven't recovered all my file(or anyy for that matter) off that machine.

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This is typical for a paintball company, honestly I wouldn't go with a paintball company for the milling, 1- they don't understand time lines, and 2- They are the pure form of FUbar when it comes to time lines and dead lines.

Just my thoughts, you said you wanted to do the diamond milling(also known as EDGE) that would be awesome as a wrap around on a Merlin body.

I guess I am going to actually have to finish those Merlin pump kits now.

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I wouldnt mind a copy of those thread specs either if possible
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Old 03-27-2011, 09:48 PM #16
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A KAPP Flame style would be awesome(3D Flames) I have been keeping my eye out for one.
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Old 03-28-2011, 03:57 AM #17
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also might i suggest BPS twister style milling.. its like barebones milling, but so much cooler

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Old 03-30-2011, 12:22 AM #18
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If you're gonna make some Merlin Bodies I want DIBS!!!
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Don't need this any longer
not 100% clean, but ok for cosmetic milling





Find the CAD Files here

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Any way you can export those to something besides inventor? We do everything here in Solidworks. I would love to poke around and see what interesting things I might be able to do with it.
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