Author Archives: Joe

It’s been a long while

I didn’t completely disappear. It only looks that way. I lost my basement work room, hence my 3D printer, my Raspberry Pi’s, my Arduino robot projects, and all my other fun things which make me who I am, got boxed … Continue reading

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Glue! Glue! Glorious White Glue!

PLA users, are you having trouble getting your work to stick? Do corners come lose and curl up even before ten layers are lain? Ready to chuck it all! I have found an ingenuous solution. Just like ABS slurry for … Continue reading

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Kisslicer v. Slic3r

In the 3D tool chain there is a step which turns your design into the code that controls the printer. Code which tells the printer how far to move in the x or y directions, when to extrude filament, when … Continue reading

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Heated printer bed

I finally completed the heater bed for my Series 1. A piece of 1/4″ cut aluminum. 36 X .22 ohm resistors in series. An ATX power supply with 20 watts on the 12 volt rail. Benchtop Power Board from Sparkfun. … Continue reading

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then something happened

I’m sure it happened to everyone, and it happened to me for the first time. I was just too depressed to blog about it until now. The print job froze at about 15 hours into the print. I’m not sure … Continue reading

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12 hours into a print job …

… and I see that the PLA is curling. This is one fault with the Type A Series 1, there’s no heated print bed. Yes, I now have everything I need to build my own, but still, on a machine … Continue reading

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Sketchup

A quick post about Sketchup vs. Blender. I’ve been duteously studying Blender from an on-line course mentioned in a previous post. The huge learning curveĀ  makes it daunting to go from concept to a 3D model quickly. I don’t know … Continue reading

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The only thing between me and printing is a 25 X 33 cm piece of plastic

That would be my print bed. I sent it to a shop to have duplicated in aluminum. They finished the job in a week, but when I went to pick it up, I found that I gave them the wrong … Continue reading

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Taking temperature

Catching up on things. Working on my Raspberry Pi lately. Got my thermistor wired up. I used a Thermocouple Amplifier MAX31855 breakout board and a Type-K Glass Braid Thermocouple from Adafruit. Took a code sample from my Pi class for … Continue reading

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Something ridiculous

Here’s something ridiculously pathetically sad. One piece to that Pi case I tried to print was posted to thingiverse upside down. I let it print for a while to see what I’d get.   Here it is. I realize things … Continue reading

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