Essential H-1 Accessories

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Essential H-1 Accessories

Postby mhackney » Sat Apr 07, 2012 11:37 pm

Let's keep a pinned topic with useful accessories for building and operating your H-1. Feel free to post and I'll merger them into this post.

Essential Accessories
  • fire extinguisher! Be safe, it only takes a second to start a fire
  • a pair of long (4" or greater) tweezers for grabbing oozing filament, etc.
  • an X-acto knife or single edge razor blades for prying off parts and cleaning them up
  • oil or grease to keep the Z axis screws and other bearings lubed
  • thin paper like telephone book pages or, my favorite, cigarette rolling papers to set the Z height
  • scrap paper to catch extruded filament - old glossy magazine pages work great

Nice to Have Accessories
  • a small pair of sharp nippers or wire cutters to cut filament neatly
  • thermocouple or voltmeter with thermocouple for measuring hot end and hot bed temps
  • Shuttle Pro 2 for jogging - a great time saver, I use one on my H-1 controller
  • Kapton tape - some folks prefer to print on Kapton
  • 3M Blue painters tape - others prefer 3M blue

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Re: Essential H-1 Accessories

Postby Chris Muncy » Sat Apr 07, 2012 11:54 pm

kapton tape (if you are printing on it)
Volt meter for setting hot end temp
Thermocouple for above volt meter to verify hot end temp
Shuttle Pro 2 for jogging all 4 axis a wee bit easier than just the keyboard.
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Re: Essential H-1 Accessories

Postby Dave_Sohlstrom » Sun Apr 08, 2012 1:05 pm

Digital calipers for checking your calibration prints
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Re: Essential H-1 Accessories

Postby Polygonhell » Sun Apr 08, 2012 1:25 pm

A DTI is nice to have when you're leveling the bed, but certainly not essential.

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Re: Essential H-1 Accessories

Postby michaellatif » Sun Apr 08, 2012 3:11 pm

How about the following for essential H-1 accessories:
* soldering iron and solder
* electrical tape
* Drill and drill bits

Optional:
* Teflon impregnated grease for bearings/rods (bicycle chain grease works great)
* Loctite removable - to help hold threaded parts in place
* Hack saw - if you wish to modify or extend parts of the H-1
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Re: Essential H-1 Accessories

Postby tom10122 » Wed Jul 04, 2012 1:46 pm

Why do you need paper to set the z axis height? What do you do with it.

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Re: Essential H-1 Accessories

Postby michaellatif » Wed Jul 04, 2012 2:36 pm

tom10122 wrote:Why do you need paper to set the z axis height? What do you do with it.

The paper is meant to help set the appropriate first layer print height. Run the Z axis down to the paper placed on the bed, then move up until the paper is removable but with some friction still. I tend to use a business card or eye-ball it to set my Z axis initially, then I set the set screw for the endstop and use 'home' to set Z height.
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Re: Essential H-1 Accessories

Postby dougmsbbs » Wed Jul 04, 2012 4:21 pm

Chris Muncy wrote:Shuttle Pro 2[/url] for jogging all 4 axis a wee bit easier than just the keyboard.


If you have an old Xbox or some other usb controller you can use that and a program called joy2key (http://www-en.jtksoft.net/) to control the machine. I use it for my CNC, H-1 and my laser. Pretty handy to have available.

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Re: Essential H-1 Accessories

Postby tom10122 » Tue Jul 17, 2012 11:21 pm

dougmsbbs wrote:
Chris Muncy wrote:Shuttle Pro 2[/url] for jogging all 4 axis a wee bit easier than just the keyboard.


If you have an old Xbox or some other usb controller you can use that and a program called joy2key (http://www-en.jtksoft.net/) to control the machine. I use it for my CNC, H-1 and my laser. Pretty handy to have available.

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ps3 works if you have bluetooth :)


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