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TurboMirage

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i've got a makerbot 5th gen to play with at the office. currently finding things in the thingieverse i can print. i grabbed an official "honda nsx 3d model" but it didnt print properly, the file sucks for this printer. i decided to RTFM, now can manipulate dimensions and have some other car related stuff im trying to print, as well as an apple watch stand.
 

awptickes

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Yep, some models won't print without support.

If you have the coin, get Simplify3D as your slicing software. It's so much better than Cura or Slic3r.
 

TurboMirage

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im just trying to get free stuff to print right now :) i will be trying again soon this morning.

i have autocad 2016, 3dsmax 2016, creative cloud... but no inventor or anything.
 

chestercheeto48

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If you have the Makerbot make sure you update the software and firmware on the machine. I was having z axis issues and you can now manipulate some of the parameters via the desktop. It has helped a ton with printing issues.
 

TurboMirage

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If you have the Makerbot make sure you update the software and firmware on the machine. I was having z axis issues and you can now manipulate some of the parameters via the desktop. It has helped a ton with printing issues.
Will do that. It's in the other building from me. I just plugged it into the network.
 

chestercheeto48

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I have a crew of 4 seniors that just finished assembling a Mini-Max 3D printer kit. We currently have 7 Makerbot 5th Gens, A Cube Pro Duo (DO NOT BUY) and the Mini-Max. The reason we bought the Mini-Max kit was to print Ninja Flex filament. They are sitting in the lab as I speak tweaking the settings to get the flexible Ninja Flex to print. It is pretty cool watching them "learn" while having fun. The day they turned it all on I thought they were going to take off running down the halls screaming. Stay tuned I will try to get some pics.
 

TurboMirage

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hows that mbg5 working out? mine is... meh at best. rebuilt the extruder a few times, PFTE on everything. but the damn build plate shakes like michael j fox and my prints have started getting really bad.
 

chestercheeto48

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hows that mbg5 working out? mine is... meh at best. rebuilt the extruder a few times, PFTE on everything. but the damn build plate shakes like michael j fox and my prints have started getting really bad.
Mine (including the 6 refurbished ones) are running flawless. The build plate shouldn't shake at all. Is it shaking because the extruder nozzle is contacting it? If so you may need to adjust the z offset in the software.
 

TurboMirage

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nah, it is leveled properly. the extruder nozzle doesn't contact it. when it gets going fast the direction changes make it shake. its on a solid stand, and ive even strapped the unit down to a table to see if that helped. its always had alot of play, i'll see if i can get you a video of what i mean today.

are you using the standard smart extruder or the smart extruder + ?
 

chestercheeto48

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nah, it is leveled properly. the extruder nozzle doesn't contact it. when it gets going fast the direction changes make it shake. its on a solid stand, and ive even strapped the unit down to a table to see if that helped. its always had alot of play, i'll see if i can get you a video of what i mean today.

are you using the standard smart extruder or the smart extruder + ?
I am assuming I am using the smart extruder+ as I think that is what they are shipping with all their models now. I know I called them back in December and they sent me two new replacements for my original model as they were the "old" version of the extruder.
 

awptickes

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That's cool. Out Makerbot has ceased to provide decent prints. I got all the wedding car place holders done though.
And that's why I didn't do our wedding stuff on the 3d printers. There's no rhyme or reason as to when it'll stop printing decently, and then you've gotta tear it down completely. :/
 

whiterabbit06

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So I've been tinkering and printing things I've found on thingiverse.com Here's one.
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I somehow feel like it's not what I expected though. I was so excited to get a printer and now it's just blah. I mean it was cool at first but I guess it just lost it's wow factor way faster than I thought. Maybe because there's nothing on thingiverse that interests me and I haven't taken the time to make anything of my own.
 

TurboMirage

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I've got a bunch of cool stuff I could send you that you could print and ship back ;) mostly Pokemon, an Eiffel Tower too.
 

awptickes

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The 3d printing work I used to do has dried up. COMPLETELY.

Everyone's son, daughter, friend, nephew, etc. has a 3d printer now, and they're all setup improperly, so all the prints suck. Joe Public doesn't just think 3d printed stuff blows, he knows it does, because his ex-wife's brother has a 3d printer and everything he prints is sloppy.
 

whiterabbit06

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I can take a look at them if you want to send me the files. I completely agree that it's ridiculous for everyone to have a printer that's set up like shit giving 3d printing a bad name.
 
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