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Old 12-26-2016, 04:02 PM   #76
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Got the printer to draw straight lines that lay flat..


And it printed out this cup..


The cup on the left is the one my homebrew printer made and the cup on the right was printed out with the ebay printer I bought and assembled..

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I need to add some pics of the parts you made for me installed. They took a little massaging to get them to fit right but they are perfect now they are installed. Thanks again.
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I found this test print. A tugboat named benchy. This is meant to be a difficult item to print. It has overhangs and angles that are tough for a lot of low end printers to handle..





It's getting better but I still have more to go before this is printing respectably
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I wanted to get a better idea in the differences in print quality across my 3 machines. So I printed this same boat out on all 3 platforms..


The different colors represent different printers used. The black was printed by my homemade printer, the clear was made by the ebay printer I assembled, and the grey was made by the monoprice select mini printer I recently bought for the kids. I believe the difference is the fan blowing on the filament as it leaves the nozzle and I will explore this, but man check out the quality of this print..





I have to get all 3 printers to print in this quality. This must be the minimum required quality of the Creation Station.
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I stopped the video as soon as I saw the extrusion problem. This printer is making me look bad. And it has me thinking about this old movie, Office Space.
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I had this thought. It would be cool to find or draw something on my laptop at work and get it to start printing on one of the printers back at home. So cool would it be to do this that I am practically obligated to take this project. It will help in my making stuff for work also. The first step of this is I need to setup auto leveling. Before each print I have to use some paper as a feeler gauge and check and set the bed level and height. Here is the upgrade parts..


The proximity sensor will be attached to the print head and read the height off the aluminum build plate at 3 or 5 different points before it starts each print and there will be no more prep needed before starting a print.
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This is one you made for me. Below is an original.



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With the new aluminum print bed..


Should be up and running this weekend. or at least that's the plan
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I wanted to get a better idea in the differences in print quality across my 3 machines. So I printed this same boat out on all 3 platforms..


The different colors represent different printers used. The black was printed by my homemade printer, the clear was made by the ebay printer I assembled, and the grey was made by the monoprice select mini printer I recently bought for the kids. I believe the difference is the fan blowing on the filament as it leaves the nozzle and I will explore this, but man check out the quality of this print..





I have to get all 3 printers to print in this quality. This must be the minimum required quality of the Creation Station.
What is the price difference between the 3?
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What is the price difference between the 3?

The Monoprice mini is ~$200. It comes fully assembled and within 20 minutes of opening the box you can be printing out your first item. It's drawbacks are a slow print speed and small build envelope 120mmx120mmx120mm.

The GEEETech i3 I bought off ebay for ~$300. It has a bigger build envelope of 200mmx200mmx180mm. Its big downfall is it comes completely unassembled and without any instructions. It is a good way to go if you like electronics and building models. I detailed it's assembly here:
http://www.digitalcorvettes.com/foru...d.php?t=269457

And the home made printer is probably the most expensive as I have I think somewhere between 3 and 4 bills invested into all the fun and parts swapping. And it can build up to 300mmx200mmx180mm. It saves a lot of $$$ when you can just design and print out parts. Uses a little plastic.
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A while ago I made a double din android head unit fit in the din and a half opening of my c5. I made it fit and it works great, but the way I cut the bezel is just ugly..




So I made a few attempts and prints for test fitting and making adjustments. Here are those 2 test prints..



And this is what I ended up with. It's not perfect or even really all that great looking to be honest, but it hides the ugly..





And I can and will keep reprinting this piece making small changes here and there to make it blend in better with the oem bezel behind it. But I couldn't do this on the ebay printer. I had to build that bigger printer to be able to take on this project because the bezel is over 200mm wide.
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