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Discussion in 'Computers, Games, Electronics etc' started by awptickes, Jun 30, 2013.

  1. awptickes

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    Note the section... OK, now let's go.

    Does anyone else have a 3d printer?

    I'm building a reprap Prusa Mendel, mainly to make jewelry and other things that I can't make with metal.
     
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    Why'd you not post it in the good forum? :(
     
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    Ive spent a lot of time working with a makerbot 3d replicator. They're pretty cheaply made, but they are certainly useful for prototyping. We have a much nicer printer on campus, but I won't get to use it until next year.

    How will your model be controlled? Meaning software, etc
     
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    I'm going to be using Repetier, since it appears to be one of the more advanced tool chains.
     
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    I wish I could show you guys some of the stuff we print at work, but I can't. :D

    I'll get my own 3D printer at home at some point- not sure which one yet though. One of my buddies and I have been talking about going in together on a kit.
     
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    Can you print titanium too?

    There are a few printers at work, but I can't really use one to print an engagement ring... I plan on making the positive in PLA, then doing some Lost-PLA casting. The best part is that I can make a duplicate ring out of sterling silver and CZ too, for vacationing and the like -- instead of travelling with the platinum and D/FL ring.
     
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    :ph34r:

    Go look at:

    Titanium Era - Titanium Rings, Titanium Wedding Bands, Promise Rings, Diamond Engagement Rings and Titanium Jewelry

    I bought our rings there- highly customizable, and quite a few different styles. Great customer service and response time too.
     
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    Nah, not looking to give her a Ti engagement ring. Has to be Platinum. I'm sure you understand, lol.

    I do like the idea of a Ti wedding band though, but that comes later.
     
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    Ours were titanium AND platinum together.
     
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    Just bought some stuff:
    GT2 belts
    0.9 degree stepper motors
    mechanical end stop switches
    Sanguinololu 1.3a Kit
    5x A4988 controller boards
    1.75mm Ubis Hot end with .4mm tip and cables
    0.35 mm tip

    Total: $291.92

    Now I feel like I could have bought a pre-made printer, but it wouldn't have a print area of 8"^3.

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    and, had I bought this, it would have cost $899, and I would have to wait at least 3 weeks.


    EDIT2: Make that $307.42, forgot about the heat-pad. So, total is $407.42 for an 8"^3 printer.
     
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    Damn:
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    Good choice on the heat pad. There's one for the makerbot that costs ~$20 and my school will not buy one. The result is extreme warping in large, flat based objects. Also does this if you use a raft of any sort.
     
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    Yeah, I want to be able to print ABS or PLA, so the heat pad is a must.

    I have some ideas for reinforcing plastic parts with steel and/or glass fibers, so we'll see if they actually work.
     
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    Hold up, you made/are in the process of making your own 3d printer? I didn't catch that the first time through.



    RIF
     
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    Yep. Bought all the parts, just waiting for delivery and the subsequent build-fest.

    Oh, and find some filament. I'm thinking Nylon 6, some PLA, and some ABS.
     
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    Can you print ITBs? or TB or maybe Intake manis?
     
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    Probably. I can't seem to come up with a reason I wouldn't be able to do so. I've seen the velocity stacks printed.
     
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    Would the plastic hold up to the temps? also how much did that printer run you?
     
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