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by Captain Starfish
Tue Feb 28, 2017 11:36 pm
Forum: What are YOU making?
Topic: DIY Mill Turn Center
Replies: 105
Views: 8053

Re: DIY Mill Turn Center

Ye gods

That is ... beautiful

<sobs with joy>
by Captain Starfish
Sat Nov 05, 2016 9:24 pm
Forum: What are YOU making?
Topic: DIY Mill Turn Center
Replies: 105
Views: 8053

Re: DIY Mill Turn Center

Bump...

Any progress on this masterpiece? :)
by Captain Starfish
Wed Aug 17, 2016 7:29 pm
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: God I hate this thing
Replies: 6
Views: 468

Re: God I hate this thing

This is the thing, though: the curling edges, the jammed nozzles, all of that kinda crap is stuff you'll have to deal with regardless of the printer. The only big difference with the commercial FDM printers is that there's then a number to call so you can pay someone to come out and deal with it, in...
by Captain Starfish
Tue Aug 16, 2016 9:26 pm
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: God I hate this thing
Replies: 6
Views: 468

Re: God I hate this thing

Yeah, it's frustrating when it doesn't work. Looking back through your post history you seem to have gone through most of the little issues I've had. Having used other machines, I've a suspicion that any machine is going to be a PITA to continuously, reliably get prints without issues. Mine's now ki...
by Captain Starfish
Mon Aug 08, 2016 8:18 pm
Forum: What are YOU making?
Topic: HELMETS!
Replies: 6
Views: 666

Re: HELMETS!

Jeepers, there's some time and effort gone into those. Well done!
by Captain Starfish
Tue Jul 19, 2016 7:02 pm
Forum: Mods and Upgrades
Topic: Open-source industrial servo motor
Replies: 7
Views: 383

Re: Open-source industrial servo motor

Cute!

Shame they've capped it at 24V though, means it's kinda limited to the same gear that can be driven directly from a controller board with baby drivers on it.

If they'd gone for 48 or 70V support it would have been extremely cool for the CNC router crew.
by Captain Starfish
Mon Jul 18, 2016 7:11 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Question about extruder
Replies: 7
Views: 260

Re: Question about extruder

Yeah, I occasionally get it going forwards if I sit there and belt the +10 a few times to purge the hot end when changing filament. At this point I usually completely lose trust in the comms session, so I restart both the printer and MatterControl to get to a "known good" state. Can't reme...
by Captain Starfish
Sat Jul 16, 2016 11:59 pm
Forum: What are YOU making?
Topic: DIY Mill Turn Center
Replies: 105
Views: 8053

Re: DIY Mill Turn Center

What he said. More photos and videos of the beast in operation please, but what you've shown us so far is a thing of beauty. How are the plastic guides holding out so far, considering smooth motion in the 'allowed' degree of freedom vs stiffness in the others? Rather than the strain wave harmonic dr...
by Captain Starfish
Thu Jul 07, 2016 10:28 am
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: GeckoTek
Replies: 7
Views: 442

Re: GeckoTek

Ah, I wasn't singling you out - there aren't many (any?) good reports, it's a big disappointment after all the early hype.
by Captain Starfish
Tue Jul 05, 2016 7:25 pm
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: GeckoTek
Replies: 7
Views: 442

Re: GeckoTek

Oh wow, that's sad.

From everyone being so excited when it first started getting whispered about, to this level of derision and scorn.
by Captain Starfish
Sun Jul 03, 2016 6:54 pm
Forum: What are YOU making?
Topic: Cyclone seperator for my CNC
Replies: 17
Views: 857

Re: Cyclone seperator for my CNC

My shopvac already has that arrangement built in, Gene, but the paper filter still managed to clog up all the time. Since adding a proper cyclone (the sloped walls etc add a lot more effectiveness to the inlet/outlet arrangement) it's been so much better again.
by Captain Starfish
Sat Jul 02, 2016 11:20 am
Forum: What are YOU making?
Topic: Cyclone seperator for my CNC
Replies: 17
Views: 857

Re: Cyclone seperator for my CNC

Nice. I was going to but then found one on eBay for ten bucks, my time is worth more than that.

Wow - what a difference they make!
by Captain Starfish
Wed Jun 29, 2016 7:19 pm
Forum: General Tips 'N Tricks
Topic: Tool for reaching nuts?
Replies: 14
Views: 570

Re: Tool for reaching nuts?

EEK!


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by Captain Starfish
Fri Jun 24, 2016 10:57 pm
Forum: What are YOU making?
Topic: DIY Mill Turn Center
Replies: 105
Views: 8053

Re: DIY Mill Turn Center

Yeah the KFlop gear is similar - designed to do multi axis machining centres from the controller board, the host interface is really just the UI and data source for trickle feed. They've already done a lot of the work you have ahead of you. Still, if you can get the smoothie / azteeg to do the job t...
by Captain Starfish
Fri Jun 24, 2016 8:45 pm
Forum: What are YOU making?
Topic: DIY Mill Turn Center
Replies: 105
Views: 8053

Re: DIY Mill Turn Center

You're a horrible person for dropping just that tease pic and getting us all excited. MOAR!!! :) Re the firmware and driver board: this sounds a bit like guys fitting extruders to CNC routers (just the other way around). Yes, you can do it. Yes, it kinda works. Eventually. But it's a kludge that's f...
by Captain Starfish
Wed Jun 15, 2016 12:42 am
Forum: Rostock MAX v2
Topic: Parts have started lifting
Replies: 10
Views: 585

Re: Parts have started lifting

You're fighting physics. As the melted plastic cools, it tries to shrink. ABS is particularly bad for it. Because each layer trying to shrink is bonded to the layer below, it gets held by the adhesion force to the bed. In small parts it doesn't matter so much but, in big parts, it gets more and more...
by Captain Starfish
Tue Jun 14, 2016 6:38 pm
Forum: What are YOU making?
Topic: 3 guesses
Replies: 16
Views: 683

Re: 3 guesses

shoe horn?
by Captain Starfish
Sun Jun 12, 2016 6:09 pm
Forum: What are YOU making?
Topic: Mouldy
Replies: 6
Views: 380

Re: Mouldy

Fortunately for my drysuit, I didn't find out about it until I was home and dry...

It certainly keeps the sport exciting.
by Captain Starfish
Sat Jun 11, 2016 10:09 pm
Forum: What are YOU making?
Topic: Mouldy
Replies: 6
Views: 380

Re: Mouldy

Oddly enough, when I saw it in the new posts listing this morning I thought "uh oh, what muppet has rotted his printer? Owait, meeeee"
by Captain Starfish
Sat Jun 11, 2016 5:58 pm
Forum: What are YOU making?
Topic: Mouldy
Replies: 6
Views: 380

Re: Mouldy

Cheers. What you're looking at isn't the bit of dive kit, it's a mould for making the case for it. The final part, wrapped around the PCB at the bottom, is a monitor for watching the amount of oxygen in a rebreather. Too much and you convulse, lose the mouthpiece and drown. Too little and you pass o...
by Captain Starfish
Thu Jun 09, 2016 8:45 pm
Forum: What are YOU making?
Topic: Lost Plastic casting questions
Replies: 5
Views: 443

Re: Lost Plastic casting questions

Windshadow, on the prep side sanding PLA is pretty easy if you can get in to all the nooks and crannies. The toughest part of the job is not accidentally gouging it during finishing because these plastics are so soft. Sounds to me like you need to lift your home foundry game so you can cast iron you...
by Captain Starfish
Thu Jun 09, 2016 9:26 am
Forum: What are YOU making?
Topic: Mouldy
Replies: 6
Views: 380

Mouldy

This week's project. It probably would have been quicker (all day print) to just mill this out of aluminium billet which I'll end up doing when I'm happy with the design, but it's a heck of a lot cheaper and polishing ABS takes a lot less elbow grease than 6 series aluminium! A mould for a bit of di...
by Captain Starfish
Wed Jun 08, 2016 7:01 pm
Forum: What are YOU making?
Topic: Lost Plastic casting questions
Replies: 5
Views: 443

Re: Lost Plastic casting questions

PLA.

Cheap, easy to print, stiff, its downfalls of low melt and crappy inter-layer adhesion don't affect you in this application and it flashes to smoke as soon as hot metal touches it.

Was it davidw on here who did a whole bunch of casting posts? Worth a dig around.
by Captain Starfish
Mon Jun 06, 2016 9:19 am
Forum: What are YOU making?
Topic: Han Solo's DL-44 Blaster
Replies: 13
Views: 493

Re: Han Solo's DL-44 Blaster

Nice work, Pug. Guessing it's not your first rodeo when it comes to paint, texture and weathering?
by Captain Starfish
Sat Jun 04, 2016 12:36 am
Forum: Other Machines
Topic: Ebay Lasers
Replies: 8
Views: 622

Re: Ebay Lasers

A lot of feedback on this brand and its shadier copies coming out of China can be found on cnczone. Sorry, never paid much attention but I see the name in the thread titles all the time there.

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