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. 3D Printer 3D Printing bed level bed leveling fine tuning RapMan RapMan RapMan hot end RapMan print RapMan Tool Kit 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.

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RapMan 3.2 Unattended Print at.250mm

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I managed to capture some better images of the printed model from my RapMan 3.2 As you can see, the RapMan, once properly set up, begins to crank out some very nice 3D prints! How in the world did you think I might have a quarter to my name left while I''m spending all my money having fun buying tools and materials for my RapMan??? 3D Modeling 3D Printer 3D Printing Building a RapMan RapMan print

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Fine Tuning RapMan 3.2 - Precise Bed Leveling

3D Printer Users

Making sure that the RapMan 3.2 3D Printer 3D Printing bed level bed leveling Building a RapMan fine tuning RapMan RapMan print Upside Down 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. So, I decided to make some tools to help me do this more precisely.

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RapMan 3.2: The Build Experience - Part 2

3D Printer Users

If you live in the USA and you order a RapMan printer, I urge you to also purchase the RapMan Custom tool kit that they also offer for sale. But, if you have ordered the Kit and not already purchased the RapMan Toolkit, then I hope I can save you at least a little aggravation and time by pointing you to places where you can purchase the tools you need. However, that is NOT exactly what you need to complete a RapMan build.

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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 However, the printer is only going to print as well as we have built our RapMan printer. And, I am determined that I am not going to be content until I have assured myself that the printer I have built is as good as any other RapMan out there. The RapMan uses two belts for the Y axis. 3D Printer 3D Printing Building a RapMan fine tuning RapMan RapMan RapMan print X-Carrier alignment

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RapMan 3.2: The Build Experience - Part 1

3D Printer Users

But, because I want to be ready for the Cube, when it arrives later this year, I thought it wise to bite the bullet, buy a RapMan 3.2 Then I arranged the bags in order of the identification numbers in the RapMan documentation. As I said, there are a LOT of parts to a RapMan. We''ll see how much it helps or hurts as I dive into the real work of building a RapMan. 3D Printer Cube 3D Printer RapMan RepRap

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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. 3D Printer 3D Printing RapMan print Wobble Z-Axis Z-Axis Wobble But, when printing at.125mm, it is apparent that one more issue may need to be tackled. And, that is probably some issue with some relatively minor Z-Axis wobble. This video isn''t all that great.

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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''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. In the meantime, I found the perfect ball-head hex tools for your RapMan build from a U.S.A. I will have pictures shortly to show my progress.

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RapMan 3.2: The Build Experience - Part 5

3D Printer Users

So, the countdown resumes and I can get back to building the RapMan 3.2 Rescued!!! The Thermistors arrived this afternoon. That was incredibly fast from the UK to the USA. 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.

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RapMan 3.2: The Build Experience - Part 6

3D Printer Users

Calibrating and Fine Tuning the RapMan 3.2 I just finished building a RapMan 3.2 RapMan 3.2 But, at least we can move on to using the RapMan. Now the fun REALLY begins. Extreme 3D Printer. Extreme 3D Printer. While this image was taken at the 3D Systems headquarters, it is the same model that I just finished building. Extreme I first want to comment on the last portion of the build, beginning with the hot end and extrusion assembly.

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RapMan 3.2 Unattended Print:125mm - Part 1

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The RapMan successfully printed without intervention and unattended for more than 13 hours! It cannot be overemphasized that the RapMan, with a roller bearing hub, is a workhorse! I plan to seek ideas as to what is taking place on the.125mm print in the RapMan forums. Good news! I arrived home this evening to see the print job still going strong. An hour or so later, the job was done. Once again, for now, I am using a point and shoot.

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RapMan 3.2: The Build Experience - Part 4

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I''ll let some young person, with great eyesight and a lot more experience, put together the hot end that I will count on to do what a RapMan printer is suppose to do. You can probably guess that it will be my recommendation to purchase one of the RapMan models that comes with the pre-built hot end. 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.

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RapMan 3.2: The Build Experience - Part 3

3D Printer Users

This time I want to focus on the quality and clarity of the RapMan 3.2 Back to building! 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. The identification numbering system is very well thought out.

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Printing the Rapman

RepRap Blog

Yesterday, klaszlo, a member of the Rapman users'' group wondered how he could get spares for the gear pair on the Rapman 3.0. For many of us, the whole point of Reprap machines is to print our own spares rather than tormenting Ian at BitsFromBytes every time we break something. Do you want to read more

Buying a Rapman

RepRap Blog

There are currently two full kit Reprap machines, the Makerbot and the Rapman. when I made the decision to buy a full, separate printer a few days ago I decided to go with the Rapman. The Rapman choice hinged primarily on what appears to me to be much more personally familiar PIC-based electronics used in the Rapman. It was one thing to know intellectually that the Rapman could run autonomously from an SD card.

A Z-Axis Wobble Limiter Proposal

3D Printer Users

Pulled back a bit, we can see how shallow the wobble is in the case of my RapMan. There are even fixes that you can download to replace the default Z-Axis system that came with your RapMan. They require taking your RapMan apart to replace the Z-Axis lifts on all four corners of the RapMan. My goal, in pondering a solution was to find a way to minimize or eliminate wobble WITHOUT taking the RapMan apart.

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Follow the Directions!

3D Printer Users

The Good News The good news is that the failure had nothing to do with the quality or reliability of the RapMan kit. 3D Printer 3D Printing Building a RapMan RapMan hot end I have good news and bad news. First, the bad news. The Bad News. My precariously built hot end has failed. It has clogged. 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.

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Bed Level Adjustment - Using the Test Duck

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Once the build of the RapMan 3.2 Duck Test #1 The duck is printed facing to the left of the RapMan and it looked pretty good for a first print as I was watching it form. I''ve really enjoyed this quest and I hope it is helpful to all those trying to set up a RepRap or RapMan 3D printer. 3D Modeling 3D Printer Building a RapMan RapMan RepRap is completed, it is time to try to optimize the print. This generally involves two critical adjustments.

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A Robot Respite While building

3D Printer Users

I got home late this evening and decided NOT to tackle the RapMan tonight. 3D Printer My Robot Nation RapMan 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. Web Site Review: MY ROBOT NATION Creating the Robots I love to find things to do and places to go that make me a hero to my granddaughters. And, My Robot Nation fits that description to a tee.

Random thoughts on hot-end design

RepRap Blog

hot-end RapMan reprap I spent some time modding the bfb hot-end. Originally the hot end is very sturdy but with extremely soft filament (soft-abs from orbi for example) it is not able to print at low speeds (0.25mm layer 16mm/sec was on the limit, working but not consistent, 0.15mm layer 16mm/sec killed it). Do you want to read more?

Best of both Worlds

RepRap Blog

I''m using RapMan 3.0 This is the left third (almost half actually) of my desk: From RapMan now it would be cool if I only used this desk for printing but that''s not the case. but all the extruder designs I seen for Mendel are not comparable to those of rapman''s designed and sold by BFB. extruder Mendel RapMan for a while now and it is a great machine.

RepRap: Blog: Stepping into firmware

RepRap Blog

In which your narrator begins to build the PIC32 firmware for the Darwin/Rapman-derivative Sampo 3D printer. RepRap: Blog. Blog for the RepRap project at www.reprap.org - a project to create an open-source self-copying 3D printer. Sunday, May 29, 2011. Stepping into firmware. Do you want to read more ? posted by Forrest Higgs @ 7:58 PM. Comments: Post a Comment. << << Home. Contributors. prusajr. Erik de Bruijn. Christopher Olah. Ian Adkins. Simon McAuliffe. Wizard23.

Quick hot bed temperature controller.

RepRap Blog

I received some aluminum plates (one for my rapman and other for my mendel) and some 50W resistors (still waiting for the 100W ones) tied it all together and it worked just like Chris shown on his super cool blog :), anyhow using the max power (~12A ~500W) I can push to the bed it can overshoot the max temperature those resistors are specified to handle so I needed some way to control it. controller heated bed I2C Mendel PIC RapMan

DC Stop - Cube Impressions

Cubify 3D Printing Fans & Fun

As much as I like my RapMan, it shakes nuts and bolts loose just sitting on a table! I have tried filament from a fairly wide variety of vendors for my RapMan 3.2. Unfortunately, I do not have a heated bed for my RapMan and without a heated bed I find it impossible to print ABS parts without the dreaded warping that ends up in aborted runs and distorted prints. QUIET My current RapMan printer is quiet enough that it is run in our home over night without disturbing anyone.

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The Stereo Microscope is My Friend

Cubify 3D Printing Fans & Fun

That''s how I found out that that one of the rods that controls the up and down motion of the print bed on my RapMan was slightly bent. 3D Printer 3D Systems Cube Cube 3D Printer Cubify Cubify Tour RapMan RepRap Z-Axis Wobble If there is a tool that I count on more than my stereo microscopes, then I sure can''t think of one. I find a low power microscope will tell me things that I just cannot validate any other way. And, the performance and precision of a 3D printer is no exception.

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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. This block attaches the bed to the outside rods of the RapMan using 3 small bearings. The top fixture is designed to accommodate 3 bearings that attach the fixture to the smooth corner rods of the RapMan. 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

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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. The vertical spool holder I created for the RapMan spools worked very well. And the small hook to the left, that attached to the bottom of the RapMan helps to feed the filament extremely smoothly. Early in my quest for a spool holder, I realized that a spool holder with a bearing was my best choice.

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First Unattended Print!

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as did the RapMan''s print engine. For some reason, which I will have to test with something smaller, the RapMan is not printing correctly at the highest resolution. 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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Ceramics 3D Printing - Original Motivation

3D Printer Users

The great news for me is that the platform on which their system is based appears to be the RapMan, which I already own. If I step up to the CubeX, this means I might be able to modify the RapMan to work with ceramic for my daughter. If you go back to the origins of this blog and my interest in 3D printing, it came directly out of my daughter''s career as a ceramics sculptor.

Putting a CubeX 3D printer through its paces

3D Printed Education

As you may gather from this blog I have been using RapMan, BfB3000 and 3DTouch machines in school for quite a long time now and have recently been using a 3D Systems Cube… But I hadn't used a CubeX. Coming up soon I will be running a training day together with the Iain from 3D Systems, showing the guys from TeachDesign how to set up and use the Cube and CubeX 3D printers.

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Autodesk 123D Catch - Fire Truck Model

3D Printer Users

Here is the resulting print using a RapMan 3.2. 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. In the next few posts we will explore the implications for those of us with 3D printers. What we will see is that while it is not yet a mature technology, it does show promise.

Explaining the short Lull in Posts

Cubify 3D Printing Fans & Fun

In the meantime, I am printing with my RapMan 3.2 I''m also happy to report that being able to turn my attention back onto RapMan improvements has resulted in finding a way to completely eliminate Z-Axis wobble caused by slight deviations in the long screw rods. Last week I was away on vacation. The week before, I''d loaned my Cube to Peyton Duncan, who brilliantly used it. This week, the Cube is visiting the Hagley Museum in Wilmington, DE.

Picking Up And Moving Forward!

3D Printer Users

In fact, 3D Systems, a maker of high-end systems, has embraced the low end marketplace by acquiring and marketing the Rapman, 3DTouch and BotMill products! 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.

RepRap: Blog: Reprap at the NextGen Science Fair 2011 in San.

RepRap Blog

I brought my Rapman and my nearly complete Sampo and Brook Drumm, who set up the RepRap/MakerBot Builders in Northern California, showed up with his Makerbot Cupcake and his nearly complete Mendel. ša Mendel just below his hands, the nascent Sampo printer and a Rapman 3.0 A Darwin-derivative Rapman 3.0 Adriaan demonstrating the technology differences between the Rapman and the Sampo Darwin-derivative printers. ša Mendel , RapMan , reprap , Sampo. RepRap: Blog.

Welcome Cube News Followers!

Cubify 3D Printing Fans & Fun

I will be able to prove this for myself because I purchased a RapMan 3.2 But, if not, I am sure it will be up there with the best the RapMan has to offer. I can tell you this, now that I have the RapMan 3.2 There is something VERY appealing about the " Out of the Box Experience " of the Cube vs. the " Building Experience " of the RapMan! To say that there are 8 billion parts to be put together to get the RapMan up and running HAS to be just a TINY exaggeration.

New CubeX 3 Printjet 3D Printer

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MATERIALS As one might expect, from the company that brought us the RapMan 3.2 Little did I know, when I posted that I wanted to change the focus of this blog to pre-built business 3D printers that the first printer that I would talking about would be a bigger sibling of the consumer Cube 3D printer! But, a surprising CES announcement brought news that 3D Systems is bringing the CubeX to the marketplace.

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Why Buying A 3D Printer Might Make You Scream

3D Printing Review

In addition to the printers that are loaned to me as evaluation units for media or special projects, I have an old MakerBot Cupcake and a Rapman in my workshop and I spend more time trying to get those old machines to print. A search for “3D Printer” on the Kickstarter.com crowdfunding site reveals over 300 such projects, dating between 2011 and now. Not all of them funded, of course.

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The Cube's Astonishing Accuracy

Cubify 3D Printing Fans & Fun

The wobble is not bad in my particular RapMan. My impression, when I compare the two Cube pieces that I have with the pieces I print with the RapMan is that the Cube is noticeably finer right out of the box. The RapMan can print this fine; but, only after I solve the threaded rod wobble issues. In the meantime, I will be working with the RapMan printer in an attempt to bring it to this level of print accuracy and smoothness.

In Preparation for the Cube's Arrival

Cubify 3D Printing Fans & Fun

I have been building a RapMan 3.2 I will be using the RapMan to test designs and material handling. And, that is why buying and building a RapMan will, hopefully, give us some clues if we see the same kinds of behaviors. I have not abandoned this site. Extreme in preparation for being able to best help other new owners of the Cube when it arrives. We will need some benchmarks to be able to adequately know that we are getting the best out of our Cubes.

DIY 3d printers controlled with Raspberry Pi ONLY

DIY 3D Printing

RapMan, Cube or Touch), taking around 25 hours to print a 60mm high chess piece – the speed only limited by the stepper motor choice and gearing. I will get a Raspberrry Pi soon so I wanted to see what can bt done with it beside using it as a server, so I found that you could use a Pi and its GPIOs to directly control the stepper drivers, fan, heater and other aspect of a 3d printer without any additional processing electronics.

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A CubeX Review from TheVerge.com

3D Printer Users

Gallery Image #4: The Touchpad is Familiar and Informative As one that has the original Cube and the RapMan 3.2, Aside from some errors in reporting the pricing, the most interesting review, so far, of the new CubeX at CES, was posted on TheVerge.com Of particular interest were the pictures that they''ve posted, of the CubeX in action. Those of us that have to kibitz from afar for now, must be content to glean what we can from images that others post.

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RepRap: Blog: The end of the String Wars

RepRap Blog

Hopefully the use of a single lead screw will go some ways towards curing the slight periodic unevenness in print layering caused by wobbling in the four leadscrews used in the Darwin and Darwin-derivative Rapman printers. Hopefully, I'll have gone some distance towards getting rid of the periodic layering behaviour that we see with Rapman. RepRap: Blog. Blog for the RepRap project at www.reprap.org - a project to create an open-source self-copying 3D printer.

Printing in PolyProlylene

Talpadk's Blog

Some links to “prior art”: RapMan wiki and a forum post ). PP bowl printed on a piece of cutting board. I recently purchased a small sample of white polypropylene (PP) plastic from a shop in China. While it was relatively expensive at ~$11 for 200g worth of plastic it allowed me to try out printing in PP without buying an entire spool of filament.