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by Captain Starfish
Wed Apr 06, 2016 7:31 pm
Forum: The Build Zone
Topic: The story of my 6ft tall printer
Replies: 9
Views: 2595

Re: The story of my 6ft tall printer

I dunno about counterweights - they increase the mass and therefore the force required for acceleration. How about setting up a landing pad of some sort for the effector platform, and setting up the G-code to drive to that position at the end of the print?
by Captain Starfish
Wed Apr 06, 2016 1:05 am
Forum: What are YOU making?
Topic: Enclosure build to print ABS and Nylon bigger and faster
Replies: 69
Views: 18413

Re: Enclosure build to print ABS and Nylon bigger and faster

Geneb, ok, would you believe _this_ much? Found a local supplier of nutserts that were too big for the holes, but only just. Hot slipped those puppies in and they're tight enough for this application. Cut up my panels and screwed 'em in except for the front and I'm generally pleased. Now I just have...
by Captain Starfish
Mon Apr 04, 2016 7:52 pm
Forum: Rostock MAX v2
Topic: Height of hotend when paused
Replies: 2
Views: 593

Re: Height of hotend when paused

The exact how depends on what host software you're using. MatterControl has a custom g-code section in the settings for the printer where you can enter code for pause, resume and cancel. I do it by sending the G-code (not available to me where I am today, sorry) to put the printer into incremental m...
by Captain Starfish
Mon Mar 28, 2016 7:12 pm
Forum: MatterControl
Topic: Rendering Artifacts?
Replies: 8
Views: 1409

Re: Rendering Artifacts?

I'd say install a copy of the free netfabb tool... Nope... No Mac version. OR'LY Your google-fu is weak, grasshopper. I have NetFabb Basic sitting in my Applications folder. http://www.netfabb.com/downloadcenter.php?basic=1 Plus: if you're going to play in the world of manufacturing on a Mac, don't...
by Captain Starfish
Mon Mar 28, 2016 7:01 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Dino Jam!
Replies: 15
Views: 3185

Re: Dino Jam!

The only time I've had that issue is with PLA in an E3D V6.

Retraction was the culprit. Have a poke around, there's plenty of writeup - but the short version is get your retraction short (2mm max) and slow (15mm/s) and you should be much better off.
by Captain Starfish
Mon Mar 28, 2016 6:58 pm
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: 3D Printing to injection moulding
Replies: 22
Views: 3868

Re: 3D Printing to injection moulding

Or maybe roto-moulding. But a thin walled 200mm part will need an injection machine about the size of an SUV. If you can find a local-ish injeciton company, it might be worth sorting out an NDA and talking to them about what's involved in jobbing it out. Brace yourself, though - moulds aren't cheap,...
by Captain Starfish
Mon Mar 28, 2016 1:22 am
Forum: MatterControl
Topic: Rendering Artifacts?
Replies: 8
Views: 1409

Re: Rendering Artifacts?

If I was in CNC mindset I'd say you had incremental mode on your arcs instead of absolute, or vice versa. But this ain't that.

I'd say install a copy of the free netfabb tool, run the STL through it and see if there are any issues, repair them and try again.
by Captain Starfish
Sat Mar 26, 2016 9:00 pm
Forum: Filament
Topic: DURA Touted as an ABS replacement
Replies: 6
Views: 1164

Re: DURA Touted as an ABS replacement

If I wanted something that flexy I'd just use nylon.
by Captain Starfish
Sat Mar 26, 2016 8:57 pm
Forum: General Tips 'N Tricks
Topic: Liquid mixing apparatus
Replies: 14
Views: 2187

Re: Liquid mixing apparatus

You must have picked the tamest four lines out of that entire movie :)

Well done.
by Captain Starfish
Fri Mar 25, 2016 8:24 pm
Forum: What are YOU making?
Topic: DIY Mill Turn Center
Replies: 160
Views: 50185

Re: DIY Mill Turn Center

Clever work on the keys - will adjusting the set screws also affect axial angle as well as runout, though?

Can't wait (as I'm sure you can't yourself!) to see it all together and running.
by Captain Starfish
Fri Mar 25, 2016 4:24 am
Forum: Show us your machine!
Topic: Mega Rostock fiction? Maybe possible! Lets start the game!
Replies: 13
Views: 3149

Re: Mega Rostock fiction? Maybe possible! Lets start the gam

If one made something like the part-daddy, you would have sufficient mass budget to have the laser tube (including water cooling), and a lens/air assist mechanism. Build your own CNC has had reasonable success with that sort of method. A diode laser is usually fairly low power, but it could take se...
by Captain Starfish
Fri Mar 25, 2016 1:10 am
Forum: What are YOU making?
Topic: Enclosure build to print ABS and Nylon bigger and faster
Replies: 69
Views: 18413

Re: Enclosure build to print ABS and Nylon bigger and faster

Those wedges went in really well. So well, in fact, that I snapped 'em trying to dig them out again to remove the plates. Ooops. I should have checked the parts in a CAD package before just printing them too - no McMaster Carr here in Oz and I'm struggling to find inserts big enough for the holes i...
by Captain Starfish
Thu Mar 24, 2016 7:52 pm
Forum: What are YOU making?
Topic: Enclosure build to print ABS and Nylon bigger and faster
Replies: 69
Views: 18413

Re: Enclosure build to print ABS and Nylon bigger and faster

Those wedges went in really well. So well, in fact, that I snapped 'em trying to dig them out again to remove the plates. Ooops. I should have checked the parts in a CAD package before just printing them too - no McMaster Carr here in Oz and I'm struggling to find inserts big enough for the holes in...
by Captain Starfish
Wed Mar 23, 2016 8:36 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Question about retracts
Replies: 4
Views: 774

Re: Question about retracts

I got the latest alpha of MatterControl the other day and have noticed the opposite - it's doing retracts on infill before following the infill around (ie not crossing perimeter) until it reaches the next place. There are some settings now dealing with retracts between islands and things like that, ...
by Captain Starfish
Tue Mar 22, 2016 1:27 am
Forum: New Member introduction
Topic: Another Australian reporting in
Replies: 5
Views: 967

Re: Another Australian reporting in

G'day, and welcome. Good luck with the build - seems the common advice is to 1) download geneb's assembly manual; and 2) follow it to the letter. No shortcuts, "I have a better way of doing that!" etc the first time around, get it running then start making changes. Worked for me, any road!
by Captain Starfish
Mon Mar 21, 2016 8:33 pm
Forum: What are YOU making?
Topic: Enclosure build to print ABS and Nylon bigger and faster
Replies: 69
Views: 18413

Re: Enclosure build to print ABS and Nylon bigger and faster

Looking good. Just realised I have spare acrylic from making an enclosure for a CNC mill, so it's time to get onto this I reckon. I've moved most of my cabling to a loom which runs up the back ages ago, so no worries on the channels. Might modify the Z tower top and bottom to support the conduit, bu...
by Captain Starfish
Sun Mar 20, 2016 6:53 pm
Forum: General Tips 'N Tricks
Topic: Liquid mixing apparatus
Replies: 14
Views: 2187

Re: Liquid mixing apparatus

The other nice things about peristaltic pumps are: 1. You can print the mechanism; 2. They can be used as a dosing pump. Given the size of the lobes on the pump, their location relative to the tube and thus the engaged stroke length on the tube, and the tube diameter you can determine the amount of ...
by Captain Starfish
Fri Mar 18, 2016 3:22 am
Forum: What are YOU making?
Topic: Mostly Printed CNC Router
Replies: 56
Views: 13403

Re: Mostly Printed CNC Router

Gotta be happy with that!
by Captain Starfish
Wed Mar 16, 2016 6:16 pm
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Interesting new hotend
Replies: 12
Views: 2019

Re: Interesting new hotend

Damn, that looks impressive.

One question - where and how does the thermistor mount?
by Captain Starfish
Mon Mar 14, 2016 6:57 pm
Forum: General Tips 'N Tricks
Topic: 3D App used ?
Replies: 21
Views: 4182

Re: 3D App used ?

Don't forget VirtualBox (free). Especially as something just to try out some free software, it's pretty good. I haven't used Parallels for more than a couple of hours before. Use Fusion for work now but after upgrading to V8 this year I asked for a downgrade to V7 and refund because they'd ditched U...
by Captain Starfish
Wed Mar 09, 2016 6:49 pm
Forum: What are YOU making?
Topic: DIY Mill Turn Center
Replies: 160
Views: 50185

Re: DIY Mill Turn Center

What's missing is a torque/rpm chart. Is it going to be like the cheapo chinese spindle I have which cracks a sad at anything under 5000RPM and doesn't really have that much torque, rather, the claimed power is coming from the 24000 RPM more than anything else. Or is it going to be like an old fashi...
by Captain Starfish
Wed Mar 09, 2016 2:41 am
Forum: What are YOU making?
Topic: DIY Mill Turn Center
Replies: 160
Views: 50185

Re: DIY Mill Turn Center

Zero direct experience of speedies, sorry - but I'm interested as to the drivers behind the decision to go BLDC instead of a more traditional AC motor with VFD.
by Captain Starfish
Mon Mar 07, 2016 7:32 am
Forum: General Tips 'N Tricks
Topic: 3D App used ?
Replies: 21
Views: 4182

Re: 3D App used ?

Indeed, and it's by far and away the nicest bit of free 3D parametric CAD software out there. Hugely popular with the hobby CNC gang too, as it's got at least 3 axis CAM thrown into the freebie version which works pretty well.
by Captain Starfish
Mon Mar 07, 2016 5:08 am
Forum: General Tips 'N Tricks
Topic: 3D App used ?
Replies: 21
Views: 4182

Re: 3D App used ?

For one year, for the moment, cloud dependent and totally reliant on the goodwill of Autodesk (known for their goodwill...?)

It's like the free baggie of methamphetamine from the dealer you meet at high school... there are probably strings attached.
by Captain Starfish
Sun Mar 06, 2016 8:12 pm
Forum: General Tips 'N Tricks
Topic: 3D App used ?
Replies: 21
Views: 4182

Re: 3D App used ?

I use PTC Creo but only coz a current client has a seat that isn't being used. It's going to be a hard, sad day when they need that licence back.

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