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Almost Perfect Parts, but…

Almost Perfect Parts, but…

I’ve been able to fine tuning my tool chain and Tantillus printer to the point that parts come off the printer looking almost perfect. The dimensions are close to spot-on, though my first layer is still a bit squashed. The surface finish when I print PLA with 150 micron layers looks almost like satin. Therein [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 – [...]

Create What You Want When You Can’t Buy It

Create What You Want When You Can’t Buy It

One of the reasons I am totally in love with 3D printing is that it provides users with the ability to quickly, easily, and cheaply create tools that they need but either can’t purchase or can’t afford. A great example is this 3D printed microscope specimen micro-manipulator. It allows users to precisely position objects under [...]

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