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by Captain Starfish
Sat Mar 05, 2016 6:50 pm
Forum: What are YOU making?
Topic: DIY Mill Turn Center
Replies: 160
Views: 50420

Re: DIY Mill Turn Center

ER25? You're not mucking about, are you Be very interested to see how your spindle assembly turns out. Something I'd love on my machine is to be able to lock the tool spindle (or run it live) and have an A axis that ran like a lathe at speed with some guts behind it, or as a servo drive for a normal...
by Captain Starfish
Fri Mar 04, 2016 8:43 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Rambo power connector block
Replies: 10
Views: 1107

Re: Rambo power connector block

I dunno, Eaglezsoar... Personally I think they introduce extra steps (ie chances of stuffing it up), time and expense without much advantage for permanent connections like this. I'd rather take a little longer making sure my Phoenix screw connection onto twisted wire was solid, without strays or exp...
by Captain Starfish
Fri Mar 04, 2016 7:10 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Rambo power connector block
Replies: 10
Views: 1107

Re: Rambo power connector block

The best way to terminate wires connected to the Phoenix connectors like what is used on the Rambo is to terminate the wire with pin connectors that are crimped to the wires with special crimpers. Commonly known as "bootlaces" in the game. We use them for multistrand wire into screw conne...
by Captain Starfish
Thu Mar 03, 2016 1:59 am
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Opinions on the Pocket NC 5-axis CNC mill?
Replies: 15
Views: 16906

Re: Opinions on the Pocket NC 5-axis CNC mill?

Jeez, 626pilot: not feeling the love in here! Damn it's tempting. ITS GOT FIVE AXES FOR LESS THAN $30,000!!!! And they've obviously worked hard to get a small machine cheap. But seriously, if I were in that price range and that teensy size were acceptable, I'd be looking at a Taig CNC setup for 3 or...
by Captain Starfish
Wed Mar 02, 2016 11:56 pm
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Opinions on the Pocket NC 5-axis CNC mill?
Replies: 15
Views: 16906

Re: Opinions on the Pocket NC 5-axis CNC mill?

My impression watching it as it's developed are: It's a cute toy. And expensive for what you get. Very small work envelope, gutless spindle, slow as hell (40ipm will be for rapids, and it's pretty slow for them), gutless motors (NEMA17). Leadscrews? FFS - those figures for accuracy etc are pretty op...
by Captain Starfish
Wed Mar 02, 2016 4:03 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Prints keep warping
Replies: 9
Views: 1889

Re: Prints keep warping

KAS - local electronic supplier. Bought a 300x300mm sheet of single side copper clad blank PCB for about twenty bucks. Threw it in a cnc mill, drilled a 5mm grid of 0.7mm holes (that's a lot of holes) then ran it through the bandsaw and linisher to get a circle and knock the burrs off the copper. Co...
by Captain Starfish
Tue Mar 01, 2016 6:08 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Unstable thermistor readings/values from RAMBo 1.3
Replies: 20
Views: 2687

Re: Unstable thermistor readings/values from RAMBo 1.3

Given that it's both thermistors and it's at room temperature on an idle machine, it kinda rules out interference from motors, heaters and so on.

I'd be pulling out the power and thermistor connectors and having a really close look at them, particularly how well the ground is connected.
by Captain Starfish
Tue Mar 01, 2016 5:51 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Prints keep warping
Replies: 9
Views: 1889

Re: Prints keep warping

Problem is as the top layers cool, they shrink, which pulls them in, which in turn tends to pull up the edges. You can only defeat that by getting sufficient bed adhesion and, if the force exceeds what the glass can cope with, it'll pull chunks out. My original glass bed had this issue, the replacem...
by Captain Starfish
Tue Mar 01, 2016 5:45 pm
Forum: Rostock MAX v2
Topic: Add Heat Cartridge connector
Replies: 8
Views: 1623

Re: Add Heat Cartridge connector

As has been said, it's the proximity of the join on the resistor to the hot area that causes the problems. Most cartridges have a decent length of lead. My printer has heater, fan and thermistor leads all running up a braided sheath which is clipped to the bowden tube. Up by the extruder I use an ol...
by Captain Starfish
Mon Feb 29, 2016 12:35 am
Forum: General Tips 'N Tricks
Topic: how to switch from abs to pla
Replies: 8
Views: 2163

Re: how to switch from abs to pla

Jimustanguitar's got it right I reckon - and I do the same for switching ABS and nylon too. Just whack it up to the temperature of the 'hotter' of the materials and extrude until the colour changes, next step is print I run ABS at 255-260º but not on the stock hot end (using an E3D) and it makes a h...
by Captain Starfish
Sun Feb 28, 2016 8:02 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: SD card shenanigans
Replies: 10
Views: 1388

Re: SD card shenanigans

Were the three SD cards the same type? I believe "SD" is about as standard as "CAR" or "CHICKEN". There's several different comms protocols they use, particularly on the super duper high speed high capacity cards, and not all SD controllers downscale sufficiently to sui...
by Captain Starfish
Sun Feb 28, 2016 5:35 pm
Forum: General Tips 'N Tricks
Topic: the biggest problem for me is....
Replies: 9
Views: 2146

Re: the biggest problem for me is....

Johncoffee, I'm on the other side of the country from my machine for work at the moment or I'd tell you which page the first layer % setting was on. Have a good dig around in the settings, it's there I promise!

Glad to hear you're up and running a bit happier.
by Captain Starfish
Sun Feb 28, 2016 5:32 pm
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Diary of a RoStock Max V2 print
Replies: 121
Views: 18929

Re: Diary of a RoStock Max V2 print

Stevolution, I hear you. Mine's settled down now for most of the printing I do. Small parts generally, centred on the bed, which are much easier to get to not lift at the corners etc. But it's far from perfect. Even if it was, the very nature of these machines and what they create leaves layer artef...
by Captain Starfish
Sun Feb 28, 2016 5:23 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Access Denied to COM Port
Replies: 5
Views: 2011

Re: Access Denied to COM Port

To quote from "The IT Crowd": Have you tried turning it (the computer) off and turning it back on again? Usually that error occurs, not because of a dodgy connection, but because some software has opened the COM port in Windoze and not released it. Usually it's the host software that hasn'...
by Captain Starfish
Sat Feb 27, 2016 11:40 pm
Forum: What are YOU making?
Topic: Mostly Printed CNC Router
Replies: 56
Views: 13419

Re: Mostly Printed CNC Router

Good call, that worked nicely.

Wow. So much room to grow and collect! :D
by Captain Starfish
Sat Feb 27, 2016 10:21 pm
Forum: What are YOU making?
Topic: Mostly Printed CNC Router
Replies: 56
Views: 13419

Re: Mostly Printed CNC Router

Nope, still wants me to sign into google to see them. :/
by Captain Starfish
Sat Feb 27, 2016 5:24 pm
Forum: General Tips 'N Tricks
Topic: the biggest problem for me is....
Replies: 9
Views: 2146

Re: the biggest problem for me is....

The behaviour you're describing is quite normal, but if the head striking a curl is knocking the first loop loose then you need to improve your bed adhesion. I usually find that re-levelling the bed and making sure I have some ABS juice down sorts it out, that normally it happens because the nozzle ...
by Captain Starfish
Sat Feb 27, 2016 3:38 pm
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Diary of a RoStock Max V2 print
Replies: 121
Views: 18929

Re: Diary of a RoStock Max V2 print

And in three months' time, need a part that you can't get around the corner (or at all), drag the printer out and wish you'd spent the time this week getting it dialed in so it behaves.

These things can take a lot of dicking around to get right but, once you're there, they behave pretty well.
by Captain Starfish
Sat Feb 27, 2016 3:36 pm
Forum: General Tips 'N Tricks
Topic: Not sure whether I can print this?
Replies: 5
Views: 1218

Re: Not sure whether I can print this?

Printing it with the front face in thedoble's image will mean no supports required. Printing it as shown will need support of some kind. The difference between using the automated support and bridging across a perimeter wall is speed - your printer will spend plenty of time printing support one way,...
by Captain Starfish
Fri Feb 26, 2016 9:01 pm
Forum: What are YOU making?
Topic: Mostly Printed CNC Router
Replies: 56
Views: 13419

Re: Mostly Printed CNC Router

Plenty of room for a bigger shed then! :D
by Captain Starfish
Fri Feb 26, 2016 8:06 pm
Forum: What are YOU making?
Topic: Mostly Printed CNC Router
Replies: 56
Views: 13419

Re: Mostly Printed CNC Router

That looks pretty much like the spindle on my X2200L. Heaps of grunt and the ER-20 collet means I can go up to 1/2" tool shanks. It might be a bit heavy for throwing around on the machine in this thread, though. I'd look at the 800W equivalent, probably. m Sadly it looks like most of these VFDs...
by Captain Starfish
Fri Feb 26, 2016 5:47 pm
Forum: What are YOU making?
Topic: Mostly Printed CNC Router
Replies: 56
Views: 13419

Re: Mostly Printed CNC Router

Very Cool I have seen an antique tablet with i guess a similar mechanism there was a huge fad for morphing furniture in the 19th century i understand.... it looks to be a very challenging project will you be doing exotic veneers as well? the antique i recall was all in solid oak but it had a lot of...
by Captain Starfish
Fri Feb 26, 2016 4:32 pm
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Quick Start guide?
Replies: 50
Views: 7480

Re: Quick Start guide?

One point to bear in mind regarding occasionally screwy behaviour with MatterSlice or MatterControl: the guys at Matter Hackers are really responsive. If a print goes runny on you, tell them. Export your MatterControl (which includes the slicer) settings and send that with your part file as you brou...
by Captain Starfish
Wed Feb 24, 2016 3:32 am
Forum: Filament
Topic: Snow-White ABS?
Replies: 10
Views: 1875

Re: Snow-White ABS?

Biggest problem I have with white prints is that because of their porous and textured finish (fairly unavoidable result of printing) they get real dirty real fast and they are impossible to get clean.
by Captain Starfish
Tue Feb 23, 2016 4:42 pm
Forum: Filament
Topic: Snow-White ABS?
Replies: 10
Views: 1875

Re: Snow-White ABS?

I use the white ABS from doodaddoes.com.au, I believe it's extruded by a Melbourne company.

It's pretty white.

Dunno how it compares to anything else though. Perhaps you could as Isaac for a sample?

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