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3D Printer Show and Tell.

  • Aug 18, 2013 · 1:00 PM
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Here's another chance for you to come and talk 3D printers for a couple of hours. I hope you can make it along.

I've called this a show and tell. So if you've got something you've been working on, please bring it along.  It's just an excuse to get together for a few hours, make some new friends and talk 3D printers.

If you need some help with your 3D printer, or just want to see what a RepRap printer looks like then I'll look forward to seeing you there.
There will be a couple of Printers on display, a Prusa-Mendel It2 and my Delta-Pi prototype plus whatever other guests bring along on the day.

Please feel free to bring your printer or printed parts along. Our last meetup brought quite a collection of printers together.  It would be great to have a repeat of that.
I am certain there will be a few old hands around to give great advice and I am always happy to give advice where I can.

The venue is at my home which also doubles as the Global Head office and distribution warehouse for Makershop.co.nz
Please park on the road and leave the drive way clear unless you have stuff to drop off. It could be a little bit crowded if we have a big turnout but That's one problem I'll be happy to have.

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  • Matthew O.

    Hi all, I have another n00b question re my new printer build... I'm looking at the electronics side of things, and there are massive variances of prices for RAMPS 1.4/Megatronics 2/Arduino Mega/etc. Google tells me Megatronics v2 is the best, but at 4x the price of the budget offerings is it worth it??? I will want to be running dual extruders, but it seems that shouldn't be a major problem for any of them.

    September 18, 2013

    • Michael P.

      Hi Matthew, I've posted your question as a discussion on the meetup site and I'll answer it there.

      September 18, 2013

  • Matthew O.

    Thanks Michael, (I'm the guy with the Solidoodle 2) I am considering making another printer, what is the best design available at the moment? I want everything; i.e. cheap, excellent print quality, fast prints, funky looks/design, as many printed parts as possible (with the remainder as off-the-shelf rods/tubes/etc, and as few as possible custom made parts), simple/reliable mechanisms. Obviously I cant get everything but I may as well aim high and it has to be at least as good as the Solidoodle2. :) I'm really not convinced on the Rostock/delta style, as although I do think the machines look cool, I dont think they have such a good build volume to physical machine size ratio! Having bought off-the-shelf I am not au fait with whats out there. A quick google tends to point to the Prusa i3 (as a couple of the guys on Sunday were building). Anyone have any recommendations?

    I like the idea and look of an aluminium beam chassis (opposed to the custom-cut aluminium sheet style frame).

    August 20, 2013

    • Dave P.

      Hey I'm told these Solidoodles are pretty good! :-) . You might look at the OB1 Prisim and the OB1.4, both designed by simon in nelson, both use openbeam and both are well designed machines. (I've built a Prisim OB1)

      September 12, 2013

    • David M.

      I have had my Prusa i3 working for a few weeks now and I'm happy with the results I'm getting. David Parker got the plates cut locally for about $70 but that was when he got six done at the same time, I think he said that they would have been about $90 for a one off. The down side is that there are a lot of variations on the printed parts as others make better versions of all the bits and finding a good collection is a bit hard to start with. I build a new extruder that uses a machining burr with 6mm shaft to push the filiment rather than the hobbed bolt it works very well. Designed the new part on TinkerCAD and printed it myself but haven't put it online anywhere yet.

      September 12, 2013

  • Max A.

    Hello gentlemen,

    I have been planning to assemble a 3D printer. I found this article (http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-high-resolution-3D-DLP-printer-3D-printer/) on instructables.com

    What do you think about the design, cost etc? Are there any better options? Very keen to meet up by the way!

    Thanks in advance, Max.

    September 12, 2013

    • Dave P.

      Well Max, it would be a great machine. However it is at the very bleeding edge. It uses UV to harden a resin. The resin formulas for these machines are in a state of flux. They may not be availabl;e in New zealand at areasonable price. If you would just like to get your toes wet so to speak< I would stay with the filament deposition machines of which there are a large variety, much local experience and assstance would be available for most any direction you went. having said all that i am interested in the resin machines but it won't be this year.

      1 · September 12, 2013

  • David M.

    Well almost got the Prusa i3 working. Printed a 40x40x10 cube and a shark, both look good. Took a while to get enough motor current so that I didn't have missed steps. Now to solve the plastic ooze around the nozzle thread. Haven't done any of the calibration page stuff yet.

    August 23, 2013

  • Alan T.

    Has anybody heard of a capacity to print in an invariable Level of colours using three printing heads into one nozzle so as to get a blend of colour. All colours should be achievable by using red Green blue I would imagine.

    August 22, 2013

    • Alan T.

      What about white and add die?

      August 22, 2013

    • Alan T.

      Feeding die would be doable for example we could hook an inkjet Nozzle up with microscopic feeders. The rest of the problem would then be uphill for the software guys to play with. We live in interesting times.

      August 22, 2013

  • Michael P.

    Thanks to everyone who came along. It was a very successful afternoon.

    August 18, 2013

  • Dave P.

    Thanks very much Mike, good to see a few more people and printers, especialy to see some working.

    August 18, 2013

  • Alan T.

    Once again thanks goes to our host Mike for an excellent environment to share know-how and experiences.

    1 · August 18, 2013

  • David M.

    Have a partly built Prusa i3 without the motors that I will bring along. Need ideas about limit switch mounting and adjustment, hotbed level adjustment and can you use a cut down a pyrex glass chopping board?

    August 16, 2013

    • Michael P.

      Looking forward to it. I am sure we can be of some help with your questions

      August 16, 2013

    • Trevor van B.

      David, it sounds like you and I are at roughly the same level of completion. (Mine is also an i3!). Should be fun to 'compare notes'! See y'all tomorrow

      August 17, 2013

  • Jade W.

    Will bring laptop and printrbot plus :)

    August 15, 2013

  • Alan T.

    Like everybody I am will climbing up the learning curve which undoubtedly goes on to infinity

    August 12, 2013

  • John G.

    sorry unable to attend

    August 11, 2013

  • Dave P.

    Hope to be there, probably bring a mendelmax

    August 5, 2013

  • Trevor van B.

    Hi Mike. I'm glad to say that I can make this one (since the August drag meetings have all been cancelled). I'll bring along my (unfinished) i3-single-plate too (If you've already got enough there, I can just leave it in my port-a-loo (aka Ford)

    August 5, 2013

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