Sunday, November 27, 2011
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
My newer Thing-o-Matic made a big plastic ball yesterday. The problem is that's not what it was supposed to be printing. The heated build platform stopped heating. Indeed, when you pull up the control panel, it shows the temperature at 1024 degrees. I've seen this problem before and usually it's a loose wire. I checked the wiring pretty thorough though and I even put in a new cable as the old one had some melting issues at the connector-- a common problem. Still, the temperature reads 1024. This is why I would recommend that people buy the ToM kits instead of the completed ToM. They break all the time. Building the kit gives you the experience to deal with this. In fact, they break so often, that's why I bought two. When one is down, I can run the other one so I don't feel so bad.
It might take until the weekend, but I will solve the problem. In fact, there's only so many things that it could be. I'll troubleshoot every connection and look at all the boards. I'll report back as to my solution.
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
This is what I was trying to print the other night when I got the mass of twine instead. This, friends & neighbors, is the corner piece of my 3d printed computer case. The top is going to rest on those little pegs and after I clean up the pieces, they will all snap together like a puzzle. I was hoping to make it large enough for a Micro ATX motherboard, but that's not going to happen with this build. Instead, it's going to be Mini ITX. It will still have more than enough horsepower to run a Makerbot.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
3D printing is a wonderful hobby. It is extremely satisfying to create something in your mind, express it via Sketchup or Meshlab or Autocad and then print it into reality via a Makerbot. That being said, it's not all peaches and cream. I'm working on designing and printing a custom computer case. Because the pieces are large, relatively speaking, most of them will take more than 5 hours each to print. Time is kind of the enemy when it comes to 3d printing. Anything 3 hours or less, I'm fairly comfortable that it will finish successfully. A 5 hour print, on the other hand is essentially a dice roll only helped by printing from the SD card after oiling and re-calibrating your bot. I didn't do any of those things and I ended up with this expensive ball of twine.