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Old 06-10-2016, 10:13 PM   #1
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Making Stuff

Ok so I got this powerful new tool. A new path to making stuff. Here is my setup..


Here is the building of a cup holder to hang off my toolcart at work..






By this point we can see the extruder is having difficulty pushing enough pla through it. This is my first big print so I expect to identify areas that need attention.




So I make some adjustments to my software, get some glow in the dark green pla filament to play with..


And before I started the next print I noticed this..



So it is time for parts and upgrades. I have metal parts coming to replace the broken plastic. There is also a larger lcd screen on its way and this..



bigger build volume. now instead of 200x200x180mm I can build up to 300x200x?mm. Not sure how tall the build volume is on this new frame.
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thats a darn impressive tool to have in the shop, but I have to ask, the approximate price , delivery time frame and whats required in training to operate it efficiently as I suspect that the price alone puts it well out of reach financially for most members and if its going to take a few weeks of training to learn to operate it I suspect even those, few who can afford it may be hesitant to buy or use it
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I spent ~$250 on the kit from ebay. It was complete. I had to buy the filament separately. They do require a certain level of skill and attention to detail to get them together and working right. The software took me a few days to get the hang of. But then I have discovered a rather powerful way of learning. If you notice how I have 2 computers at my station. A laptop and an overbuilt gaming rig..



The gaming rig and huge monitor are for running 3d software and driving the printer. The laptop is for youtube tutorials on 3d design software. while the tutorial is playing, I am going through the motions building what the person giving the tutorial is building. There is no faster way to catch on to something than hands on experience.
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So with printing the cup holder I have identified problems with the extruder that seem to be linked to long prints. So I will start by doing something about cooling the incoming filament and see what I get. here is the extruder with the fdan and heatsink off..



As we can see the extruder is very similar in its function and design as the wire feed on a mig welder. The big difference being that mig wire doesn't crush melt and bend and warp like plastics. I believe the hot end is over time getting the whole extruder hot and degrading its performance. So first I want to cut a hole in the heatsink in a very specific place to allow for direct airflow between the hot end and the extruder..





And from my experience building and repairing pc's and gaming rigs I profoundly understand the importance of thermal compound between heatsinks and the surfaces they are trying to cool. I personally am a fan of artic silver 5..


I use this stuff on gm ignition modules, too. It is good stuff.
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That is pretty cool. Interested to see how you make out.
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Aside from the above modification, I slowed print speed down by 10%. the results can be seen in the next few pieces I made..



This is a light fixture to attach to the top of the new frame and shine down on the print bed..


And I made my own little voltage gauge to monitor what the power supply is putting out..



I am so happy for my new path to making parts.
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Oh man I am having so much fun with this. My life will never be the same. Made some high flow grilles for one of my gaming rigs..


I made this solution for the c3 corvettes..


And I have been printing stuff for the kids without designing just by searching the information superhighway for .stl files and almost effortlessly I was able to print "Starmie" from Pokémon..


A Minecraft villager..


And this adjustable wrench..



I just don't understand why more people don't have one of these. They are absolutely incredible. My printer has been running every single day sisnce it has been together. And I am building a second with a mixing extruder that will mix and blend 3 filaments to bring color to my prints.
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So I am building a new printer And I need to mount an lcd screen to it..






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And I also made a camera mount so I can take time lapse video of my prints..


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But.....but can it print a 3-D rendering of itself and be self perpetuating. If so, this might be the robot that takes over the world. Be verrrry careful. You might wake up one day to a dozen of the damned things trying to tie you to your bed.
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But.....but can it print a 3-D rendering of itself and be self perpetuating. If so, this might be the robot that takes over the world. Be verrrry careful. You might wake up one day to a dozen of the damned things trying to tie you to your bed.
Ya that day is coming anyways. While we saw terminator and were terrified at what AI can be, our military saw it and got an erection.
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I made this 120mm fan shroud / funnel piece. It is cool because it has 1mm wall thickness. And it is pretty strong for 1mm worth of plastic..


It attaches to a pc case fan..


It's intended function is to grab hot air right off the cpu cooler and funnel it directly outside the pc case and in doing so lower ambient temps inside of pc case..


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But.....but can it print a 3-D rendering of itself and be self perpetuating. If so, this might be the robot that takes over the world. Be verrrry careful. You might wake up one day to a dozen of the damned things trying to tie you to your bed.
To your point. There already are a few self replicating printers. You can google and find them.
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