Category Archives: Series 1

When your printer stops working

Yes, my printer stopped working from one day to the next. Being a real noob in electronics, I was at a loss as to where to start. I had a few email conversations with Type A Machines tech support, they … 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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Gobs and gobs of gobs

Playing with the printer. I downloaded a case for my Raspberry Pi from thingiverse and tried to print it. The first piece printed wonderfully.  Then when I loaded the 2nd piece into Pronterface, the printer would not take the command … Continue reading

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First impressions

The printer arrived nicely packaged. Included in the box was the printer, some tools (3 hex wrenches, a 7mm wrench, and a plastic screwdriver), stickers, and two sheets of paper. These two sheets are the entirety of the documentation. They … Continue reading

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Heated print bed

Thinking about heater beds since the Series 1 doesn’t come with one. Looked at various upgrade kits on line & recipes to build one. Then I thought about an outdoor floodlight. I wonder if that’ll generate 50° c? Found a … Continue reading

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Printer Order

Ordered Type A Series 1 printer for $1,400 & shipping $120 = $1,520  

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Software

Can’t wait for 3D printer course. Found slic3r. A program to turn your .stl files into gcode. Read the instructions and sounds simple enough. Then found a discussion on the Series 1 forum, maybe not so easy after all. Some … Continue reading

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