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Prototyping A Camera Mount

Prototyping A Camera Mount

3D printing makes it incredibly easy to crank out new parts on a whim. For example, I’m about to make the trek to California for RoboGames and want to use a Contour ROAM2 HD action camera to capture some of the action – especially ComBots with the massive steel robots trying to inflict mortal damage [...]

Adding Focused Lighting to a Tantillus RepRap Printer

Adding Focused Lighting to a Tantillus RepRap Printer

Like many RepRap printers with an enclosure, the build platform on my Tantillus is a bit dark for photos and capturing good quality video. At the same time, I don’t like the gaudy mass LED football stadium lighting that a lot of builders stick on their printers. If possible, I want more controlled and focused [...]

WebCam Mount for the Tantillus RepRap 3D Printer

WebCam Mount for the Tantillus RepRap 3D Printer

Some of my parts could take a long time to print. More complex parts could actually take several hours to complete. But I don’t want to be tethered to the printer always watching to see if there’s any problems. I want to be able to leave the printer on while I’m in another room, or [...]

Android Robot Walker on Thingiverse

Android Robot Walker on Thingiverse

The Android Robot Walker STL is available on Thingiverse for download and 3D printing. It uses the Makerbot Windup Walker mechanism.  Via: Android Robot Walker by robots-dreams – Thingiverse

Squirrel Print Turns Squirrely

Squirrel Print Turns Squirrely

Since I readjusted the extruder the printer has produced much better print quality. So, I decided to attempt printing the squirrel again. Unfortunately, that didn’t work out as expected. The hotend came up to temperature and everything looked ok. But when the print started I didn’t hear the z-limit switch click, then the head moved [...]

Toy Car Print

Toy Car Print

The printing of the toy car had some problems but generally looks good. It’s a real learning experience. Some of the detail is really amazing. For example the rearview mirrors  and doorhandles printed well considering the small size. On the other hand, the small surface area of the tires didn’t stick to the bed in the [...]

Test Cube – Good Print

Test Cube – Good Print

Test Cube printed after the extruder repair. Printed at 60% (36 mm) with 15 layers No discoloration No banding Print completed with no problems External surfaces need to be thicker. This was printed at “3″ ; layer_height = 0.15 ; perimeters = 3 ; solid_layers = 6 ; fill_density = .15 ; nozzle_diameter = 0.4 [...]

Shrinking the Design Process Using 3D Printing/RepRap

Shrinking the Design Process Using 3D Printing/RepRap

[Flash Snoot - test print at approximately 10% completion.] One of the primary advantages of affordable, accessible 3D printing like RepRap is the way that it facilitates the design process. The ability to imagine a new part or product then quickly prototype the concept and hold the actual part in your hand within an hour [...]

Practical 3D Printing Project- Flash Snoot

Practical 3D Printing Project- Flash Snoot

I made quite a bit of progress on my digital camera flash snoot design. Of course the real test will be when the 3D printer arrives and I actually try to print the snoot. Although the design looks great on the screen, reality has a strange way of pointing out errors and problems we never [...]

First Practical 3D Printing Project

First Practical 3D Printing Project

Just received word that my 3D Printer has shipped and will probably arrive within the next week. While I’m sure that it will take a lot of time to get used to, I’ve been giving a lot of thought to what my first ‘practical’ project should be. Of course I’ll print some Yoda heads – [...]

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