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by DeftCAD
Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Thermal-Protector - available soon to all
Replies: 92
Views: 15099

Re: Thermal-Protector - available soon to all

I've got a situation here. Can't disassemble it bcoz a white glue or silicone everywhere. And I don't wanna break a thing. :? :( I had the same thing (not massively impressed if I'm being honest) but have now managed to sort it. In that image, you can see the cable going into a plastic connector, r...
by DeftCAD
Tue Mar 13, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Weight of the 2N just the Printer
Replies: 7
Views: 1196

Re: Weight of the 2N just the Printer

IMHO, weight isn't the real issue, but stability while the printer is in operation. A table rated for well over the machine weight might still wiggle like jello when printing. I think the same. It all makes for resonance, right? I made a shelf in the corner of my office from some leftover kitchen w...
by DeftCAD
Fri Mar 02, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Lid Extenders
Replies: 3
Views: 310

Lid Extenders

I've seen a few but decided to create my own and thought I'd share: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2812567 DSC_0991.jpg You need one in each corner; they press fit (intentionally snug) and the lid simply sits on top. They raise the lid by 100mm, which is enough to clear the filament tube and also...
by DeftCAD
Thu Mar 01, 2018 3:14 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Can you share your experience on printing PETG?
Replies: 6
Views: 407

Re: Can you share your experience on printing PETG?

I'm not sure why actually, but it definitely improved that first layer. Lens pic's below. This is 1.2mm thick. Hopefully you can see from the first image how transparent it is. This is just a tester, but the finished part will have six very bright LED's behind it, which make it really glow! DSC_0994...
by DeftCAD
Thu Mar 01, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Printer does not start, touchscreen stays dark
Replies: 12
Views: 700

Re: Printer does not start, touchscreen stays dark

Mine does this periodically. I turn it off, open up the screen box (3x screws inside the right of the front door and 4x screws on back of screen box) disconnect the battery then turn it back on, then re-connect the battery. I don't know why this works but I had some issues when I first received my m...
by DeftCAD
Thu Mar 01, 2018 11:47 am
Forum: Hardware
Topic: 3rd party PLA clicking/heat creep?
Replies: 13
Views: 586

Re: 3rd party PLA clicking/heat creep?

I've just been tearing my hair out with the same thing and I think I've solved it: I had the hot end set up wrong. After a blockage I replaced the throat tube (the bit with the aluminium heatsink around it) and screwed it right into the aluminium block that heats up. I then refitted the nozzle, simp...
by DeftCAD
Thu Mar 01, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: Software
Topic: heat mode extruder/bed strategy
Replies: 6
Views: 370

Re: heat mode extruder/bed strategy

I've been thinking this too. S3D seems to do it by default. Helps with blockages I think because the filament isn't being cooked while waiting for the bed to heat.
by DeftCAD
Thu Mar 01, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: General
Topic: Can you share your experience on printing PETG?
Replies: 6
Views: 407

Re: Can you share your experience on printing PETG?

I've used some transparent PETG from Rigid Ink recently to make lenses for a warning light. It printed well on mostly PLA settings: I made a new profile on S3D by copying PLA settings and adjusting temperatures. The packet said 220-245°c but I found cooler made the print come out less clear; kinda f...
by DeftCAD
Wed Feb 28, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Dual Colour Tutorial?
Replies: 1
Views: 200

Dual Colour Tutorial?

Can someone steer me toward a tutorial or some kind of instruction as to how I print dual colour? I've done a bit of searching, looked at the Wiki and the FAQ but I'm struggling to find any info.
by DeftCAD
Tue Feb 27, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Printing Settings
Topic: Proto Pasta Stainless Steel
Replies: 6
Views: 431

Re: Proto Pasta Stainless Steel

DeftCad, i just wanted to let you know that i chewed up the hardened nozzles like candy with the Gmass Tungsten filament. i would go through a nozzle per roll. Microscope pictures showed my nozzle at .8 to .9mm after a 1Kg roll. i am trying a ruby nozzle right now. WOW! I knew it would be bad when ...
by DeftCAD
Sat Feb 24, 2018 10:17 pm
Forum: Printing Settings
Topic: Proto Pasta Stainless Steel
Replies: 6
Views: 431

Re: Proto Pasta Stainless Steel

i have used multiple rolls of it. first off, you have to step up to a .6mm nozzle. the stainless steel particles can measure up to .4mm in size. i do not use the stock extruder, i have a Bondtech dual direct drive. extruder temp at 210 c and bed at 60c. That's interesting... I'm playing with some T...
by DeftCAD
Fri Feb 23, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Throat Tube Diameter
Replies: 3
Views: 188

Re: Throat Tube Diameter

I checked my unused spare hot-end using number drills. Looks like the nominal is 2mm. A #47 drill is 0.0785" which translates to 1.994mm. #46 was no-go. That's great, thanks. I'll give it a pass through with a 2mm bit then. I expect it'll only be clearing out carbonised material anyway. Intere...
by DeftCAD
Thu Feb 22, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Throat Tube Diameter
Replies: 3
Views: 188

Throat Tube Diameter

I've been trialling a new filled PLA filament (Nanovia PLA XRS) and it's not playing ball; I'm having real issues with blockages. I recently changed to a 0.4mm hardened nozzle, which has done almost no work and I can't see any issues in the white feed tube. I think the issue is in the throat tube. I...
by DeftCAD
Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Lower platform using touchscreen
Replies: 6
Views: 271

Re: Lower platform using touchscreen

Ah, got it. I looked at the interface and not really paying attention to the numbers on the left or right (I was a bit annoyed at the blockages at the time and only interested in Z height) thought the central one related to Z and the others related to the icons below. Should have had a cuppa and com...
by DeftCAD
Wed Feb 21, 2018 4:32 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Lower platform using touchscreen
Replies: 6
Views: 271

Re: Lower platform using touchscreen

How do you change it to 10mm?
by DeftCAD
Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Lower platform using touchscreen
Replies: 6
Views: 271

Lower platform using touchscreen

I'm unblocking a nozzle (for the second time today, having had no issues in AGES!) and want to lower the platform for easier access. I'm aware I can do this under Utilities by tapping the down arrow for Z, but it's in 1mm increments so takes ages. Can I modify the value and do it with one tap? E.g. ...
by DeftCAD
Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: Printing Settings
Topic: Thin Walls - Single Extrusion Fill?
Replies: 3
Views: 183

Re: Thin Walls - Single Extrusion Fill?

Try to print a part with the 1.2 thickness at 0.61 extrusion width. This should give you only two shells and a solid structure. That's interesting - I'll try. Since posting, I've created a PETG profile on S3D using the Ideamaker PETG settings as a guide. To say it makes a bit of a difference would ...
by DeftCAD
Tue Feb 20, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: Printing Settings
Topic: Thin Walls - Single Extrusion Fill?
Replies: 3
Views: 183

Thin Walls - Single Extrusion Fill?

In Simplify3D there's an option under Advanced > Thin Wall Behaviour called Internal Thin Wall Type . If this is changed to Allow Single Extrusion Infill , rather than print the infill of a thin wall as diagonal lines, which look like zig-zags, it does it in a single pass, much like a shell. See sni...
by DeftCAD
Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: Printing Settings
Topic: Cannot get a good print
Replies: 38
Views: 2096

Re: Cannot get a good print

This won't cure all your issues, but re. detaching prints... I've been using 3D printers for a few years and have tried a few build surfaces. The one I've settled with is a glass bed and 3DLAC spray. I never use a raft and prints almost never lift. Adhesion with even a modest area touching the bed i...
by DeftCAD
Fri Feb 09, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Single Wall Hex. Cells - How Small Can I Go?
Replies: 10
Views: 388

Re: Single Wall Hex. Cells - How Small Can I Go?

In terms of 'wrong tool' I understand what you're saying. I know I'm pushing it, but I regularly work in this kind zone; with folks that are pushing the envelope of what can be done and as such I get some very odd but interesting engineering problems to solve. If I can make this work I will have som...

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