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    That's it! I'm designing and building my own film processor.

    I recently almost lost the use of my JOBO CPE2 film processor.

    Luckily, I managed to revive it, but it's not getting any younger.

    The fear of living without it has made me resolve to come up with an alternative.

    I have the knowledge (I'm a mechanical engineer with a background in manufacturing), the resources (I still have access to high-end design tools, and friends with electrical expertise), the motivation (I live in fear of having to go back to processing by hand), and the time (well maybe the time, we'll see).

    Read all about my plan here (and if you wish to participate, pipe up!)
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    Make certain you're indebted to noone (tool use included) if your intent is make your fortune with it. Hey, ya never know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Christopher Walrath View Post
    Make certain you're indebted to noone (tool use included) if your intent is make your fortune with it. Hey, ya never know.
    I have no illusions of fortune, and will gladly put myself in debt for the right assistance in order to accomplish this.
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    What's so bad about hand processing?
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    I wish I had something similar but Jobo models on the bay are fetching too much so it's ss tanks for me for the time being.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brucemuir View Post
    I wish I had something similar but Jobo models on the bay are fetching too much so it's ss tanks for me for the time being.
    I completely agree. This is one of my motivating factors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas Bertilsson View Post
    What's so bad about hand processing?
    Nothing wrong with hand processing, but I process too much film for that not to become a chore.

    There's a huge difference between the "zen-like" appeal of wet printing compared to boring old development (with 35mm anyway).
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    I think it's a great idea and hope you can follow through on the project. I'm happy to help any way I can and would likely buy a unit. I strongly suggest you make the unit compatible with Jobo Expert drums to capture large format users.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry S View Post
    I think it's a great idea and hope you can follow through on the project. I'm happy to help any way I can and would likely buy a unit. I strongly suggest you make the unit compatible with Jobo Expert drums to capture large format users.
    Good point, Barry, and well noted. I'd like to be compatible with the JOBO 1500 series tanks too. I think I can pull all this off.
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    I'm sure you can succeed if you keep things simple. I bought some darkroom equipment from a guy that built his own unit and it looked simple but effective--with the same basic elements--heater with themostatic control, circulating pump, motor+control circuit, stainless steel rods w/rubber rollers--all in a polyethylene tank.

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