[dms-discuss] Printrbot Simple working again; filament

Braden dms at dabrado.net
Fri Nov 8 10:51:25 PST 2013

I like this concept, and would favor pooling money for such resources and also explaining the need for such resources as one of the ways to ask for donations to the space.

I've heard interest in both a filament extruder project and in a acetone vapor chamber project during my open hours.  I can't really provide more detail though, since it is not my area (I work more in software).  But I'll cheer-lead and throw some money in the pot!

  - Braden

On Fri, Nov 08, 2013 at 10:32:46AM -0800, Ian Holser wrote:
> I think filament is best purchased in bulk and the cost split.  I would
> suggest the space scrape together money for the filament and ask for
> donations from anyone using it.  Price it such that the donations would pay
> for the filament and a slush fund for future repairs of the printers.  At
> least for common colors and materials like black pla.
> Perhaps a filament extruder build would be something worth looking into?
> Also an acetone vapor chamber for smoothing prints.
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcXLJRIKGuQ
> On Thu, Nov 7, 2013 at 10:48 PM, Tim F <davispcug at yahoo.com> wrote:
> > November 7, 2013
> >
> > Hi gang --
> >
> > On Monday night Jim contributed a replacement switching power supply for
> > our Printrbot Simple (the orginal one failed a few weeks ago). Thank you,
> > Jim! The replacement supply is larger and more powerful; I hope that it
> > will last longer that the original.
> >
> > Tonight I checked the power supply and then rewired the connector on the
> > printer to work with the replacement power supply. The new connector
> > dangles out the back of the printer on purpose, reducing torque on the
> > connector and cable. It all seems to work properly.
> >
> > I also rewound the string drive on the Y axis again -- recent field
> > repairs at the Davis Flea Market didn't quite have it wound properly, and
> > it slipped off of the motor shaft again. I fixed it up so that it won't
> > easily come off the motor shaft, and is even more adjustable than before.
> > If anybody ever wants/needs to work on these string drives, perhaps they
> > would enjoy chatting with me about the optimal arrangement and adjustments.
> >
> > We are running low on black PLA filament for the 3D printers. I chatted
> > with Mick about that on Monday night. He mentioned that plastic filament is
> > relatively expensive (currently perhaps $50.00 / roll). The group doesn't
> > have much money. I suppose that folks really ought to purchase filament for
> > their own projects; I've asked Mick if he has any favorite vendors that he
> > could recommend. If anybody else has input on this, please, chime in!
> >
> > Cheers,
> > Tim F
> >
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