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Old 07-18-2014, 06:29 PM   #61
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Us supplier of color fabb filament, and other printer parts. http://printedsolid.com/
Maybe we can talk to them about a HMEM discount


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Old 07-21-2014, 02:53 AM   #62
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well I did it now. hope it was a good choice. I wanted to stay under $500 and I have so far anyway. Have been watching e-bay this weekend.

I was watching a used davinci and an eventorbot kit. And I bid on a used solid doodle 4gen now I am hoping it works and is packaged well. will find out in a few days.

Guess I need to buy some filament.
Dave what do you suggest I start out with?
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Old 07-21-2014, 11:11 AM   #63
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Great to see you did it. Keep us posted with how you tweak your new baby and show off some samples.
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Hope everything works out the photo posted is the one posted on e-bay so have not had a chance to touch test etc.
the seller states it appears to be new condition other than thee tear in the kaplon tape. So a new chapter in the life of tin falcons nest.
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software downloaded. And I have been browsing the help section of thSD web site.

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1 roll basic black colorfabb PLA ordered.

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Well guys this thread has been a blast. thanks to all who have contributed.
I have learned a lot in my research.
and I know this is the beginning of the adventure not the end.

I think I will be happy with the solid doodle The one downside I see is the board is one piece not plug in drivers. the advantage of the plug in drivers is you blow one you spend 5-10 usd to pop in a new one but they seem to be a Little sensitive , I expect the SD driver card to be more robust.

Soliddoodle seems to offer a good amount of tech info videos and help screens. the official stance is it cant be upgraded to a dual extruder. sounds like a challenge. but for now I just want to learn how to print with it.




for anyone wanting to build an eventerobot there is a guy selling kits on e bay the one last sunday went for the minimum bid of $450 plus IIRC about $60 to shio. almost everything to build a printer power supply not included so add another $30 to 50 on the build. e-bay seller eventorbot.
there is a guy tadd sale in Florida that is selling dent and bent Davinci's they have been selling for $150 to $300 .


I hope others have learned from this thread.



So am I ending this thread? likely not still more to learn and new things all the time.

I may start a new thread when the printer arrives.
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OK now it is is morning and i am almost awake I am asking myself and others Should I be starting with ABS.
the manufacturer states ABS recommended pla possible.
I know abs and some other materials can be vapor polished and chemically welded. Hope I am not trying to run before I walk here.

I think part of the problem is the hardware folks are by nature forced to concentrate on hardware tweaks /improvements.and the material guys are always looking for a better material or bled. So the printer manufacturer often does not really know materials.
the plastics developers can test only so many print heads and the printers r& d can only test so many materials.
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I have the solidoodle4. I have used it a bit and find the only real problem is keeping the work stuck to the bed. I find PLA sticks better than ABS. I added a glass plate on top of my bed, and I have tried hair spray on the glass. About half of my ABS prints curl up on an edge, which ruins them. The larger the object the more likely to curl.
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For those who have been following and are considering building their own, I found another open source build platform similar to Makerslide mentioned earlier. It is called Open Build V slot.
See http://openbuildspartstore.com/

This is also available in Australia http://openlab.com.au/

If you join the openbuild forum, you can download CAD models (including Solidworks) for every component.

It is a bit cheaper down under than Makerslide and a wider range of components is available plus heaps of videos on youtube.

I had to go to my plastic supplier today so I could not resist picking up a metre of 25mm dia Acetal (Delrin) rod and deviated past my bearing shop on the way home. The plastic cost $10 and is enough for 60 or so wheels. The bearings were $5 each because the only ones they had in stock were SKF brand. With a bit more searching, I am sure I can get them for $1 a piece. I've got some hex brass that will do for the eccentric wheel spacers.

Anyway, I thought I would have a go at making some wheels based on their plans. I figure I have to plan out the job so I turn up a set of 4 or 8 at a time so they are all identical dimensions which I can use as a matched set on a given axis. I thought I would turn all the v shaped surfaces first, cut the first bore, part each one off and finish off the bore on the reverse side.

I also finally got around to firing up a Nema 23 on my Arduino via a Gecko 10 x micro stepper and it leaves the little polou driver for dead! I am not sure If I will get any more, but I thought I would use the bigger stepper and the Gecko on the Z axis as there is more weight to move.

I still have no idea what a DIY home made printer will look like yet, but it would be cool to say you machined every part! Hopefully it will have a build volume of 12" x 12" x 12"

I think I will blame Tin and this thread for the $20 I wasted today...


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