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Old 02-26-2013, 09:58 AM #1
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spire question

does anybody know if anybody is making a drop in to make the ramp a little better? or of a ghetto mod to do it that works?
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Old 02-27-2013, 07:11 PM #2
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what?
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Old 02-28-2013, 07:01 AM #3
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Old 02-28-2013, 07:37 AM #4
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I think hes wondering if someone will make a spring ramp to feed paint into the paddle area of the spire when it gets low on paint similar to the rotor....

I have not heard of anyone developing on yet.
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Old 02-28-2013, 12:27 PM #5
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I believe that it what he is trying to ask.

I do not have a spire to confirm this, but you can probably take a piece of polycarbonate or other easily available plastics and machine/form it until it will fit nicely inside the hopper. From there it can be attached however would be best.
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Old 03-08-2013, 07:38 AM #6
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I actually just starting working on one last night, made a prototype out of some cardboard and I need to make it plastic and hopefully test this weekend, I can post some pics and let you know how its going.
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Old 03-08-2013, 10:40 PM #7
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Sweet idea post results plz
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Old 03-10-2013, 10:18 AM #8
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Ok, Heres what I got so far.

I started off with some cardboard - easy to cut and manipulate to try to make something with for a prototype.



I added some springs and some tabs so that it utilizes the 2 rectangular tabs in the spire feed tray.



It seems to fit well enough for a test in the tray.



Once this was done I took some extra plexiglass material that I had and recreated this and added a little more beef to the clips by modifying some pin clips.




It seems to fit well enough into the tray as well.




The next step was once it was fitted well to test it in the spire. It fits well, and with the springs compressed it doesn't seem to take up much room.




I managed to do some capacity tests as well to see how much space is lost. Without the spring ramp in I was able to fit 200 Paintballs into the spire, with the spring ramp in I was able to fit 191 Paintballs into the spire. A 9 paintball capacity difference isn't that bad in my opinion, and is something that I can live with. As for testing, I was able to feed the spire until it was almost empty to see if it worked for its intended purpose. At an extreme angle, such as pointed forward past 50-60 degrees, the paint still tended to move toward the front. Anywhere up to that angle however, the paint tended to roll back towards the feed cone. I am hoping to bring it to the field today and try it in a few games to see if it holds up to the torture of in-game play and if there are any other modifications that need to be done to it.

What do you guys think?
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Old 03-10-2013, 11:11 AM #9
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Looks sweet, amazing how creative and resourceful people are.
I would have just waited because I had no idea where to even start on a project like this.

Awsome job.


You may want to try to make the plastic thinner, it would reduce capacity less, and because the pressure on the plate should even the piece should not be subject to cracking.(theory) or maybe a thinner spring so when it compresses it does not take up as much room.

Or if you wanna mod your spire. I don't have one yet. Could you mill off that front bump so the ramp could lay flat?
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Old 03-10-2013, 12:09 PM #10
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I am going to try using some thinner plastic I have at home once I get home. I did all of this in a hotel room while on travel for work, so the tools I have and materials are very limited. The plastic I got from work and was able to cut with some shears, and the springs that I used were the lightest springs that I could find at the moment.

Unfortunately, milling the front is pretty much out of the question because that is where the gyroscopic sensor is located to trigger the feeding.

On the plus side however, within a few weeks I will have my new CNC router up and running, and can possibly create something that will fit with the contours of the tray.
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Old 03-10-2013, 02:35 PM #11
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if you can make another, ill buy it off of you. let me know!
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Old 03-10-2013, 03:34 PM #12
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Well done, spire mk 2 virtue? ;-)
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Old 03-10-2013, 06:59 PM #13
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Looks like it turned out well! Hopefully the end result is even better than the prototype.
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Old 03-10-2013, 09:23 PM #14
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Having it contour the bottoms tray woe be a great idea
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Old 03-10-2013, 11:26 PM #15
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Makes you wonder why they didnt do it to start with..
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Old 03-11-2013, 05:46 AM #16
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I was able to do some field testing yesterday, and while it worked well I think I need to use a different clip to hold it in because it likes to move around a little too much for my liking.
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Old 03-11-2013, 08:25 AM #17
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looks good. This would def. be a worthwhile upgrade for the spire!
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Old 03-13-2013, 04:08 PM #18
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Don't want to ghetto it up too much, but a piece of sticky tape would work as the hinge to the floor of the tray...
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Old 03-13-2013, 05:02 PM #19
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also, i would try sliding and diving with it...or get a snake/dorito player to play a game with it, and see how it holds up to all that stuff
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