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 Post subject: Re: 3D Printers and stuff
PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2017 0:02 
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Had some free time (whoop!) to have a crack with my 3D printer tonight. First thing I realised was the filament was caught round the cabling to the extruder and quite twisted somehow. As I untangled it the filament snapped. Remembered Mark saying everything needs to be heated up when changing over filament so I flicked it on... LCD screen showing garbage... after lots of turning it off and on again I realised the cable at the back of the LCD screen wasn't seated properly BINGO back in business!

Once the display told me the extruder was up to the right temp I tried pulling out the remaining filament but it wouldn't shift, I got some needle nose pliers on and tried to free it and ended up snapping the rest off the top. Read online that the cooled filament could have caused a 'plug' to form inside but it's too hot (and too late) for me to rummage about inside.

Hnnnnngnnnn.

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 Post subject: Re: 3D Printers and stuff
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You busy tomorrow night, Mark? :kiss:

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 Post subject: Re: 3D Printers and stuff
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And I cut my finger :'(

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 Post subject: Re: 3D Printers and stuff
PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2017 6:21 
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Free later on tonight mate. Did you press down the lever to disengage the extruded gear, though?


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 Post subject: Re: 3D Printers and stuff
PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2017 7:39 
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Yeah, I remembered you mentioned that.

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 Post subject: Re: 3D Printers and stuff
PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2017 23:24 
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Managed to sort out the filament problem after watching a couple of online videos and (partially) printed a test model with success!

Glass plate next and print out some reel brackets I've seen to have the filament placed in a better position.

Feel much better today now.

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 Post subject: Re: 3D Printers and stuff
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What sort of printer would I need to buy to be able to print these?

I quite fancy one, however to date the odd ones we have at work in various IT departments around the world are gather dust after printing the odd plastic model.

These adapters are useful for my sons train set and are always getting lost!

Also I was wondering how long they would take to print?


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 Post subject: Re: 3D Printers and stuff
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Pretty much any 3D printer would be able to do those and take maybe 30-40 mins a piece.

One of these maybe if you don't want to have to build a kit:

https://hobbyking.com/en_us/fabrikator- ... 100-1.html

Don't be put off getting a kit, though. Zardoz managed it and he's a graphic designer/illustrator!

Either way you need to be prepared for the fact that it's not like buying a normal printer, getting these hobby-grade machines working well is almost a hobby in itself.


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I've heard nothing at all from Tiko about getting a refund.

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GazChap wrote:
I've heard nothing at all from Tiko about getting a refund.


Is it common to get refunds from kickstarter?

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Depends on the scenario. In this instance, I'm not expecting to get a refund for my original pledge. However, what I am angry about (and so are the other backers) is that around this time last year we were told that shipping would be beginning soon and they asked us to send $55 to cover shipping, outside Kickstarter's payment system.

Shipping did start in July that year, but only to the first 100 backers, and then they established there were all sorts of problems with their QA etc. so stopped shipping while they worked it out.

There's nearly 16,500 backers - assuming they all pledged enough to get one or more machines, that's nearly a million bucks of shipping fees that should be refunded.

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 Post subject: Re: 3D Printers and stuff
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 Post subject: Re: 3D Printers and stuff
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Sounds like you've all had fun playing with the printers, but have you made anything useful/usable?

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It depends on how you define useful I guess. I've made loads of things for my RC hobby, toys, planters, guitar and ukulele hangers other bits and pieces.


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 Post subject: Re: 3D Printers and stuff
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markg wrote:
It depends on how you define useful I guess. I've made loads of things for my RC hobby, toys, planters, guitar and ukulele hangers other bits and pieces.


Fair point - I suppose anything that doesn't end up in the kitchen junk drawer (or wherever else all the plastic tat is shoved) would qualify as useful. Sounds like you have got some use out of it then.

I'd love to dick around with 3D printing, even though I'm not really sure why, or if there is any actual use-case for me.

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They're hypnotic too.

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Need to work out how to dampen the noise when printing at night. It's currently sat on a hollow shelf thing in my loft, right above our bedroom so the sound carries and makes Mrs Z angry at me.

Thinking some kind of foam matt (ground matt?) underneath would dampen it a bit. Personally I like the noise.

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Just tell her that in a few months she won't even hear it any more, like living next to a train track. It'll be fine.


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 Post subject: Re: 3D Printers and stuff
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I'll print her a helmet!

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 Post subject: Re: 3D Printers and stuff
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Zardoz wrote:
I'll print her a helmet!


Genuine LOL!

Anyway, be careful with sound proofing it as you may make it cooling proof too!


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 Post subject: Re: 3D Printers and stuff
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Thanks for the sound advice.

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4 small bulldog clips bought, still need a clip frame though.

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 Post subject: Re: 3D Printers and stuff
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Asda do two for 2 quid, A4 size. Just make sure that it's glass and not plastic.


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 Post subject: Re: 3D Printers and stuff
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Yeah I'll go there after work. The ones I picked up were plastic or fancy frames for £2.99 or more! No way was I going down that route.

Clips were 99p and came with matching elastic bands and TWO different sizes of paperclips. I went for green.

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Zardoz wrote:
Yeah I'll go there after work. The ones I picked up were plastic or fancy frames for £2.99 or more! No way was I going down that route.

Clips were 99p and came with matching elastic bands and TWO different sizes of paperclips. I went for green.

I've lost all my elastic bands :(


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 Post subject: Re: 3D Printers and stuff
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Looks like the set I bought. You want my green elastic bands?

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Looks like the set I bought. You want my green elastic bands?

Think you can ping them this far?


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 Post subject: Re: 3D Printers and stuff
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*prints megapult*

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 Post subject: Re: 3D Printers and stuff
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After much faffing, sad face, consultation and eureka moments. My modded #HellaFlush printer spat out my first usable thing!

An angled board camera mount for my 250 Quadcopter.

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3D printer noobie thoughts.

Cutting glass is horrible, and costly! Wasted £1 sheet on my first attempt.

Bald men buying large cans of hairspray in Morrisons look weird.

Car battery postal packaging foam makes great soundproofing.

This is fucking techno magic.

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 Post subject: Re: 3D Printers and stuff
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What material did you use? I got some TH8A shifter plates made out of PLA. I wanted kevlar-reinforced nylon but it was about £50 a plate. :(


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