[dms-discuss] 3D Printers

Alexander Pedersen alexander.dean.pedersen at gmail.com
Wed Mar 14 07:34:27 PDT 2018

That's awesome

On Wed, Mar 14, 2018, 5:11 AM Ryan McKay <yakcm.nayr at gmail.com> wrote:

> I put some time in to the 3D printers at the space over the past couple
> days.
> Tried to improve upon the state of the Prusa i3.  I haven't had too much
> luck in actually getting it to print much better than before, but I did fix
> it up with an adjustable bed-leveling system.  That took a lot of time so I
> actually have more time invested in mechanical fixes than software tweaks
> on that particular machine as of yet.  Not ready to give up hope on further
> slicer calibrations (print settings) yielding some improvements as of yet,
> but I am starting to suspect that there are further mechanical issues to be
> dealt with (getting some oscillations in the X and Y dimensions from layer
> to layer... loose belts?) beyond the, now solved, issue of the print bed
> being super uneven.
> Then I fixed up one of the little wooden guys... got it printing great
> now, in relative terms.  It's still not as nice as what I'd like it to be,
> but it's definitely printing better than the Prusa right now.  I'd say we
> could probably start telling visitors that we actually DO have a functional
> 3D printer now, instead of the typical "we have some but they're all
> broken" response... the only potential problem is that this one only has a
> 12x12x10 cm print volume.  I did all the setup, calibration, and driving of
> this little guy with my laptop, so maybe tomorrow I'll try to get it
> running of one of the computers in the space and then transfer over my
> calibrations.  Once that's done I'll be able to show anyone who's
> interested how to use it, and I'll probably write up a little quick start
> guide that could hopefully get a (decently tech-savvy) person from 3D model
> to 3D print.
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