3D Printing tips and tricks

So far we've scanned some things and printed some things. As we have found out, 3D Printing is not without its challenges. Thanks to a large and growing worldwide 3D Printing community a lot of the challenges are being overcome. Whether it is problems with print curling, the quality of the finish or making the model printable there are Tips and Tricks which can help. In this meetup we'll hear some of those Tips and Tricks and all being well see some different 3D Printers in Action.


Looking forward to seeing you all again!


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  • Guilherme Teixeira M.

    Hi All, anyone know how to use a kinect xbox 360 as a scanner in a mac computer?
    The informations on the internet are level IT and the programs for mac that I found doesn't have good results.
    Any advice?
    Thanks a lot

    July 4, 2013

    • Ross L.

      Try http://www.volumental...­ It is a browser based scanner which uses your Kinect.

      August 6, 2013

    • Jon H.

      Actually solved that one for me - you needed to install the CUDA library - Volumental looks interesting though =) ..

      August 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi everyone.
    I'm sorry I couldn't make it last time. However I struggle with my solidoodle 3.
    If someone could help me it would me really appreciated.
    You can contact me on blouny at gmail dot com. I'm living at Dee why. Many thanks by advance.

    July 2, 2013

    • Robert F.

      I recompiled the firmware to use one of the other analog input pins on the expansion header.

      July 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Please Robert could you help me. I have an very very urgent need to build a device an I need my printer to work. I you know how to do it, can I call you and you can help me by Skype or any other way. I'm working in some very serious research including home made anti gravity device and free energy production. I'm not doing this for money. I know it sounds crazy but it is not. I'm doing this for the good of mankind and I need help now to build it. The plan are ready. I just need to print a few part or to fix my F... Printer. Please help me. My email address is blouny at gmail.com. Thanks.

      July 13, 2013

  • Andrew W.

    Boon sorry to here that you still are having problems

    If this is the problem then I would replace the main IC (atmmega644)
    the thermistor input would be happy to a bit over 5 volts (but maybe not much higher) - I would have expected the cpu to fail completely but maybe you where lucky - I would check the wiring to and from the thermistor with a multimeter this maybe the problem from my recollection of these printers the wiring is a rats nest.
    It just could be a simple problem as the cpu could/should be in a socket but please figure out why you have/had this fault before your replace the cpu. Remember if you replace the cpu you will need to program it with operating system or nothing will work.

    Hope this is of help to you

    July 6, 2013

  • Matthew C.

    Hi All, after chatting with a few of you at the last meetup I've arranged for a group buy of printrbot products with Brook Drumm (printrbot.com). At this stage it's an even $400 AUD for the printrbot simple with the endstop upgrade delivered into Sydney. I can also arrange for any of the other larger kits and assembly if it sounds a little daunting. Get in touch with me by Thursday if you are interested.


    June 30, 2013

  • Howard

    It was great to meet you all.
    This is truly an interesting time for this type of technology. It reminds me when I was involved with the early computer days of the Amiga 500 & Apple Macintosh. (I was only a youngster then)

    June 27, 2013

  • Steve H.

    Very interesting, especially Howard's Up Plus printer, so much quieter than the Makerbot. I have been printing for a little while but had not previously heard any of the tips presented.

    June 27, 2013

  • Sarah

    For the first timer, this was a great introduction to 3D printing organised by some very knowledgeable enthusiasts.

    June 27, 2013

  • Jonathan L.

    Great! Appreciated the off-the-cuff tips given by some bright members of the audience. Also great to meet Stu and the other organisers.

    June 27, 2013

  • Matthew C.

    Excellent. Great to hear some good success stories pushing the bounds of 3d printing.

    June 26, 2013

  • Matthew C.

    I'll be bringing along my printrbot+ and running it on batteries for something different

    1 · June 25, 2013

  • Robert F.

    Argh - double booked for that night. Shame - I have been working on redesigning my 3D printer to improve the performance of dual extrusion (which currently faces lots of oozing problems in consumer printers).

    June 21, 2013

  • Stu G.

    Hi All, has anyone bought a Chocolate 3D Printer? something similar to the Choc Creator http://chocedge.com/choc-creator-v1.php

    June 18, 2013

    • Ian W.

      That looks very much like the chocolate 3D printer they have at the Powerhouse Museum.

      June 18, 2013

    • Stu G.

      Thanks Ian

      June 19, 2013

  • Jonathan L.

    Depends on the timing. Can't make before around 630 in cbd

    June 18, 2013

  • Hamid J

    I am an experienced graphic designer who amazed by 3D printing tech and looking to step in and involve in this field or possibility of any business or career.

    June 17, 2013

  • Connor M.

    Appreciate being part of this group. My company is bringing the Mcor Iris paper 3d printer to Australia in July. We are launching this printer and are encouraging Australian designers to have their work printed for free so we can showcase their talents and of course the ability of the Iris. If anyone on this forum would like to submit designs to be showcased and to have a copy for themselves please feel free to contact me. I would also like with permission and if interested to have this group come have a look at the iris at a special demo night which could be organised. This printer was invented by the MacCormack brothers both engineers who wanted to bring 3d printing to the masses. For more information please feel free to contact me or have a look at our website dgs3d.com.au

    1 · June 8, 2013

  • Robert

    Morning everyone. There was a segment on Sydney radio station WSFM this morning. Details & video here

    May 30, 2013

  • Anet R.

    Hi Rob I might be interested in the design part. Can you give me more information?

    May 29, 2013

  • Robert B.

    Hi every one there, I need to talk to People about a Prototype I am working on and how is the best way to do it and I need somone to do the final design for me as well so I look forward to meeting you at the next meeting where every it is in Sydney thanks.

    May 28, 2013

  • Anet R.

    Interesting session at UTS about the future of manufacturing:

    May 25, 2013

  • Robert

    Really looking forward to it.

    May 24, 2013

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