Yearly RepRap adventures roundup 2012

RichRap

Final thoughts - So, I have had some real proud moments in my 2012 RepRap developments; I have had fantastic people from all walks of life contact me.

The Cube in Review - 2012 at 6 Months

Cubify 3D Printing Fans & Fun

This is going to be a very short post. That is because it''s being typed on my granddaughter''s iPad. The iPad is terrific. But, my skills at typing on a screen are not. However, I thought that this post was important enough to give it a try as I travel. BOTTOM LINE - The Cube is Every Thing I''d Hoped it Would be and MORE It''s been almost 6 months since I opened my Cube''s box.

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What is RepRap & RapMan Z-Axis Wobble?

3D Printer Users

I''m fairly confident that any issues with the Y-Axis alignment and the Bed Leveling alignment on my RapMan has been successfully solved using the new tools that I designed to make the process more precise. But, when printing at.125mm, it is apparent that one more issue may need to be tackled.

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RapMan 3.2: The Build Experience - Part 1

3D Printer Users

While I have watched, for a long time, the development of the RepRap 3D printers, I resisted the urge to buy one because I''m more interested in PRINTING in 3D than BUILDING a 3D printer. Let''s face it. It IS quite an undertaking.

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Will 2012 be the year of the “ultrabook?”

Thornburg Thoughts

The Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show opens on January 10, and there are rumbles that this show will feature lots of ultrathin laptops similar to the Macintosh Air. Last year was supposedly the year of the tablet, but the rollout didn’t take place until months later, leaving Apple with the marketpretty much to itself. Of Of course that has changed, with everyone from Toshiba to Samsung offering quite powerful tablets at reasonable prices.

A Robot Respite While building

3D Printer Users

I got home late this evening and decided NOT to tackle the RapMan tonight. So, I''m going to take a little respite and tell you about a wonderful site that is sure to get your family excited about 3D printing.

Autodesk 123D Catch - Fire Truck Model

3D Printer Users

Ultimately, software will determine the success or failure of 3D printing to catch on with the larger public. Attempts at easier to use 3D software are going on all over the globe. One of the most promising technologies is being explored by Autodesk.

Z-Axis Wobble Fix Update

3D Printer Users

It''s been some time since I created some fixtures for my RapMan intended to reduce or eliminate Z-Axis Wobble. Before posting I wanted to make sure that the fix stood up to day-to-day printing. Here is the fix as I now have it installed on the printer.

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A Horizontal Filament Spool System

3D Printer Users

Some of the objects I print take a LONG time and I don''t want to have to babysit my RapMan printer for the entire print time. Early in my quest for a spool holder, I realized that a spool holder with a bearing was my best choice.

3D Systems Corporation Displays Emerging Technology at IMTS 2012

Advanced Design Concepts

In a press release on September 6, 3D Systems Corporationannounced that it will be showcasing its comprehensive 3D content-to-print portfolio at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) this week. The event will be held from September 10 – 15, and the 3D Systems display can be found in the Emerging Technology Center at McCormick Place in Chicago.

Fine Tuning the RapMan 3.2 - X Carrier Alignment

3D Printer Users

So far, I have not found a single defect in the design of the RapMan 3.2 that I could pinpoint for you. However, the printer is only going to print as well as we have built our RapMan printer.

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Fine Tuning RapMan 3.2 - Precise Bed Leveling

3D Printer Users

Making sure that the RapMan 3.2 bed is level is probably among the most important things we can do to ensure better results. The build manual and the display panel gives up some tools to level the bed using three bolts. But, my eyes were having a hard time seeing the hot end height.

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RapMan 3.2 Unattended Print at.250mm

3D Printer Users

UPDATE: I did manage to figure out why the.125mm test was not, initially. printing well. It didn''t dawn on me that because the layers were 1/2 the thickness, I needed to raise the bed to compensate. Once that was done, it was running fine when I left it this morning.

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RapMan 3.2 Unattended Print:125mm - Part 1

3D Printer Users

Good news! I arrived home this evening to see the print job still going strong. An hour or so later, the job was done. The RapMan successfully printed without intervention and unattended for more than 13 hours! Once again, for now, I am using a point and shoot.

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First Unattended Print!

3D Printer Users

I apologize for the images. All I had was a point & shoot that does not seem to like to focus on white plastic objects. :) I''ll take better images tomorrow. The important thing about this post is not the quality of the photography; but, the fact that the roller bearing hubs WORKED!

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RapMan Reel Holder Using MOI 3D

3D Printer Users

Moment of Inspiratio n, or MOI 3D, is an absolutely wonderful application. I installed it two days ago and was immediately able to design some things that will be not only useful to me; but, other RapMan and RepRap users as well.

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Bed Level Adjustment - Using the Test Duck

3D Printer Users

Once the build of the RapMan 3.2 is completed, it is time to try to optimize the print. This generally involves two critical adjustments. Positioning the bed relative to the hot end (Distance) Leveling the adjustable bed.

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RapMan 3.2: The Build Experience - Part 6

3D Printer Users

Now the fun REALLY begins. Calibrating and Fine Tuning the RapMan 3.2 Extreme 3D Printer. I just finished building a RapMan 3.2 Extreme 3D Printer. While this image was taken at the 3D Systems headquarters, it is the same model that I just finished building. RapMan 3.2

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RapMan 3.2: The Build Experience - Part 3

3D Printer Users

Back to building! This time I want to focus on the quality and clarity of the RapMan 3.2 documentation. It is, in a word, EXCELLENT. Here, for instance, is the documentation for the laser cut 5mm main panel parts sheet: Every part is clearly color coded and labeled.

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RapMan 3.2: The Build Experience - Part 2

3D Printer Users

it didn''t take me long to find out that living in the USA poses some challenges in building a product from a factory located in Great Britain. It actually has nothing to do with Bits from Bytes and everything to do with the fact that the United States is still not a metric nation.

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It's Time to Specialize!

3D Printer Users

We are at a momentous time in the progress of 3D printing development. With the advent of Cubify and the Cube 3D printer, for the first time we have a 3D printing product clearly aimed at the general consumer population. While consumer 3D printers have always been my hope and goal.

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At Long Last! 3D Printing for the Rest of Us!

3D Printer Users

If you look to the right on this page you will see that this blog began many years ago as it became evident that 3D creation and 3D printing were destined to be invited into the homes of consumers.

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RepRap: Blog: More Printed Circuitry

RepRap Blog

Thursday, April 12, 2012. posted by jaf : April 12, 2012 10:36 PM. posted by Zen Ferno : April 13, 2012 2:29 PM. posted by mlagana : April 13, 2012 3:42 PM. posted by Obijuan : April 16, 2012 9:28 AM. posted by Bogdan Kecman : April 16, 2012 2:12 PM.

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SolidWorks 2012 – My Favorites

Jeff's Tool Shed

The post SolidWorks 2012 – My Favorites appeared first on Jeff's Tool Shed. When I ventured back to Boston on vacation a couple of weeks ago, I made my annual pilgrimage to SolidWorks headquarters in Concord, Mass. I’d gone with the hope of meeting up with a few friends and doing a few interviews. However, Kristen Wilson, PR Manager for SolidWorks, managed to wrangle me a two-hour preview […].

PRINTXEL Progress Update

3D Printer Users

I wanted to keep us all up to date with the progress of some of the Kickstarter and Indeogogo 3D printer projects. PRINTXEL Update Billy Zelsnack has posted a video showing the components of his new 3D printer, the Printxel, that we discussed in an earlier post. Without ever having seen one in action, I''m going to step out on a limb and say that it appears to me to be a sleeper among the new offerings that is destined to get more than a little attention.

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RepRap: Blog: On the Challenge of 3D Printing Sugar for.

RepRap Blog

Friday, July 06, 2012. posted by Tony : July 06, 2012 9:06 PM. posted by jmil : July 07, 2012 1:04 AM. posted by Adrian Bowyer : July 07, 2012 6:58 PM. posted by jmil : July 08, 2012 6:16 AM. 'grats posted by gmarquart : July 08, 2012 4:15 PM.

RapMan 3.2: The Build Experience - Part 5

3D Printer Users

Rescued!!! The Thermistors arrived this afternoon. That was incredibly fast from the UK to the USA. So, the countdown resumes and I can get back to building the RapMan 3.2 Extreme. But, I want to take just a few minutes to talk about how pleased I''ve by the response of Ian and the Bit from Bytes team to my plight. It clearly was use error. Yet, there was no hesitation. They might have been THINKING about that dummy in the United States that messed up the job of crimping the Thermistor leads.

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Mendel90 updates

HydraRaptor

It has been a long road but I am now in a position to sell complete kits for Mendel90. My original plan was to use laser cut acrylic but the companies I got quotes from could not guarantee the holes sizes would be accurate enough to be tapped.

Review: what materials can be 3D printed?

Tridimake

Transition from pure PLA to wood What materials to 3D-print ? Every now and then I am being asked about it, so here is a post on the many materials that can be 3D-printed at home. It is not complete and will expand with time. It is no buyer''s guide either, nor a technical document.

Putting the T and E in STEM

Thornburg Thoughts

One of my major concerns with all the current interest in STEM education is that the bulk of the efforts I’ve seen are focused on the Science and Math parts of the topic, with Technology and Engineering taking a back seat to everything else.

A Z-Axis Wobble Limiter Proposal

3D Printer Users

Once we have identified that we might have a Z-Axis wobble issue with.125 resolution prints, we need to decide is it''s bad enough to worry about or not. Z-Axis Wobble under a 40x Microscope The reason I chose an extruded triangle for creating my test tower is that I knew it would form and sharp edge that would provide the best look at the wobble under a microscope. I wasn''t disappointed. Now, remember, each layer is just.125mm high.

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Fine tuning RapMan 3.2 - Hot End clearance

3D Printer Users

The RapMan gives us several tools to raise and lower the hot end relative to the bed. The first, and most basic, way to set the distance between the hot end and the bed is a long screw that hangs down from the extruder assembly. Each time we select the bed height option on the console, the printer homes the machine so that this bolt can activate a switch and then the printer uses that position to move to the center of the bed and lower the hot end to the position called for the bolt''s length.

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Follow the Directions!

3D Printer Users

I have good news and bad news. First, the bad news. The Bad News. My precariously built hot end has failed. It has clogged. The Good News The good news is that the failure had nothing to do with the quality or reliability of the RapMan kit. It was all me. And, the reason why that is good news is that, hopefully, I can help other new builders avoid the mistakes that I have made. Mistake #1 - Cutting the PTFE insulator too short.

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Refining the RapMan Print and Tool Find

3D Printer Users

I''m in the midst of refining the quality of the print from the RapMan 3.2. I will have pictures shortly to show my progress. I''m using the duck model, that is among the test models to download from Bits From Bytes and it seems to be a great test subject. I''m consistently getting good results on the side of the duck toward the front of the RapMan and consistently NOT getting perfect results on the back side. This seems to be a bed leveling issue. And, I''m chasing that down.

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RepRap: Blog: Print any colour you like.

RepRap Blog

Tuesday, February 21, 2012. posted by Kevin : February 21, 2012 3:00 PM. posted by Nudel : February 21, 2012 4:45 PM. posted by Kevin : February 21, 2012 7:10 PM. posted by Adrian Bowyer : February 21, 2012 8:09 PM. February 21, 2012 11:56 PM. RepRap: Blog.

RapMan 3.2: The Build Experience - Part 4

3D Printer Users

I crashed and burned at building the Hot End. And, it had absolutely NOTHING to do with either the quality of the parts or the quality of the documentation. It had to do with aging eyesight. And, no kit can protect itself from that. From reading on the web, I already knew that building your own hot end was THE most tricky part of the build process. And, when I opened the parts for the hot end build, I immediately understood why. They are small and they are delicate.

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Picking Up And Moving Forward!

3D Printer Users

This blog was created in 2007. Even back then it was evident that 3D printing was going to be inevitable. The only question was how soon and how costly. It was started in May of that year. And, it continued until December of that same year when, with the sale of Desktop Factory to 3D Systems, the maker of the V-Flash, it became apparent that it was going to be a while before 3D printers would be affordable to consumers and artists. the groups of most interest to me.

RepRap: Blog: Print any colour you like.

RepRap Blog

Tuesday, April 10, 2012. posted by Cameron : April 10, 2012 10:24 PM. posted by bitflusher : April 11, 2012 9:48 AM. posted by RichRap : April 11, 2012 9:52 AM. posted by Adrian Bowyer : April 11, 2012 10:28 AM. posted by Jeff Keegan : April 11, 2012 6:33 PM.

RepRap: Blog: Colour mixing

RepRap Blog

Thursday, April 19, 2012. posted by nophead : April 19, 2012 10:32 PM. posted by jaf : April 19, 2012 11:46 PM. posted by Patrick Herd : April 20, 2012 3:06 AM. posted by Jeff Keegan : April 20, 2012 6:31 AM. posted by Adrian Bowyer : April 20, 2012 10:27 AM.

RepRap: Blog: Colour Mix Progress

RepRap Blog

Friday, September 14, 2012. posted by bitflusher : September 16, 2012 8:35 PM. posted by davidc : September 18, 2012 12:38 AM. posted by rbisping : September 24, 2012 1:50 AM. posted by Nik : September 24, 2012 3:25 PM. RepRap: Blog.

Review : settings for Cura (3D printing front end and slicer)

Tridimake

What are the most important settings in Cura ? I switched to Cura as the unique front end to print with my 3D printer. This excellent software from Daid is handling all the printing work for you: displaying and scaling the objects, slicing them into layers, sending them to the printer.

Auto shutoff at end of print

Tridimake

Kill your 3D printer when it gets lazy ! I could not say it better than Daid: that headline should grab attention.

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The blue marble turns forty

Thornburg Thoughts

Today marks the fortieth year of the famous “blue marble” photograph of Earth taken by the crew of Apollo 17. Earth seen from space on December 7, 1972. This iconic photograph has inspired millions of people over the years.

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