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by Julia Truchsess
Sat Jan 07, 2017 3:27 am
Forum: General
Topic: Filament monitor
Replies: 76
Views: 18948

Re: Filament monitor

And I'm in the opposite camp. An out of filament sensor would certainly be better than nothing but at least the filament is predictable. If I'm not sure if I have enough left on a spool I just weigh the spool. The vast majority of my issues are due to my ongoing battle with clogging. Since it's unp...
by Julia Truchsess
Fri Jan 06, 2017 2:08 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Filament monitor
Replies: 76
Views: 18948

Re: Filament monitor

My 2 cents is that out-of-filament detection is in reality more useful than clog/slippage detection, and obviously much much simpler to implement. By the time a clog or slippage is detected, what with gcode buffering and all, your print is probably ruined anyway, and if it sits there for a while in ...
by Julia Truchsess
Sun Oct 16, 2016 11:51 am
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Project Bondtech Extruder
Replies: 719
Views: 140529

Re: Project Bondtech Extruder

JohnSays wrote:So Trhuster, what is a direct drive Bowden? Isn't that an oxymoron by definition?


"Direct drive" in that the feed gear / hobbed bolt is on the motor shaft as opposed to a geared-down system.
by Julia Truchsess
Tue Oct 04, 2016 12:57 am
Forum: General
Topic: Raise3D filament=Polymaker?
Replies: 6
Views: 1774

Re: Raise3D filament=Polymaker?

Raise PLA is not Polymax. Polymax is pretty unique - low extrusion temp, fairly glossy, very hard, extraordinarily strong, with generally difficult support removal. PolyPlus is more like regular PLA, but with a higher TG, to make it "jam-proof" as claimed by Polymaker, and a quite matte fi...
by Julia Truchsess
Fri Sep 30, 2016 2:19 am
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Project Bondtech Extruder
Replies: 719
Views: 140529

Re: Project Bondtech Extruder

Is there ever going to be a turn-key solution to setting the stepping parameters for this that doesn't involve compiling Arduino code or hacking g-code? Like a drop-down in Ideamaker to select the Bondtech extruder? Or a ready-to-go modded version of the printer firmware than can just be loaded into...
by Julia Truchsess
Mon Sep 12, 2016 5:27 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Hot End insulation by Matthew Lozano
Replies: 4
Views: 2035

Re: Hot End insulation by Matthew Lozano

You can hold the insulator to the block with silicone o-rings. The temperature on the outside of the insulator is well within the o-rings' limit, just make sure they don't touch metal. A lot easier and neater than tape.

http://www.z-temp.co/products/extruder- ... lator.html
by Julia Truchsess
Tue Sep 06, 2016 2:09 am
Forum: General
Topic: Which is your default printing material and why?
Replies: 13
Views: 2678

Re: Which is your default printing material and why?

To me it is a no brainer, but I'm more into printing mechanical parts It always strikes me as funny when people say "I print mechanical parts" as a reason for using ABS over PLA. I print almost nothing but "mechanical parts" and I find PLA generally much superior to ABS for them...
by Julia Truchsess
Tue Sep 06, 2016 12:52 am
Forum: General
Topic: Which is your default printing material and why?
Replies: 13
Views: 2678

Re: Which is your default printing material and why?

I like to print with Polycarbonate (not pure PC, a blend); it does not warp at all, is acurate , it does not need a cooling fan, it solidifies very fast making it ideal for part with a lot of overhangs, and it is very strong and heat resistant. Cons: you have to print slow, you have to print hot (a...
by Julia Truchsess
Sun Sep 04, 2016 11:40 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Loads of issues
Replies: 7
Views: 1857

Re: Loads of issues

I would send it back. If abysmal quality like this doesn't result in returns then there's little incentive for the manufacturer to correct the problems.
by Julia Truchsess
Sun Sep 04, 2016 4:37 pm
Forum: General
Topic: 3D Printing Fail (and lessons to be learned)
Replies: 3
Views: 1629

Re: 3D Printing Fail (and lessons to be learned)

Very entertaining, thanks for sharing! You say that "The problem is that a piece of plastic got stuck in the fan, causing a clog in the throat tube". That may well have happened at some point, but the root cause of the print failure is that your parts (upper right part of the screen) didn'...
by Julia Truchsess
Wed Aug 24, 2016 5:08 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Problem with R3D Premium PLA
Replies: 14
Views: 3037

Re: Problem with R3D Premium PLA

http://www.breathe-3dp.com My spool of Phoenix nylon (black) just arrived and I'm extremely impressed after one print. Extrudes like butter and support practically falls off by itself (printed at 240º, which is the bottom of the suggested range). Just the right amount of flex (more than ABS, good f...
by Julia Truchsess
Sun Aug 21, 2016 10:37 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: 3dSolex Large Diameter Nozzles Tested
Replies: 39
Views: 11436

Re: 3dSolex Large Diameter Nozzles Tested

Very cool, Rik, love those huge layers!
by Julia Truchsess
Sat Aug 20, 2016 1:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Problem with R3D Premium PLA
Replies: 14
Views: 3037

Re: Problem with R3D Premium PLA



Awesome, thanks!
by Julia Truchsess
Thu Aug 18, 2016 10:44 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Problem with R3D Premium PLA
Replies: 14
Views: 3037

Re: Problem with R3D Premium PLA

Yes, it's obscenely expensive. I just bought a spool from Amazon and was shocked when I realized it was only 375g; I assumed (yeah, yeah) that it'd be at least 600-750g. It sure does extrude beautifully, though, albeit with a bit of shrinkage. Doesn't seem to adhere to glue stick, either. Great pote...
by Julia Truchsess
Sat Aug 13, 2016 2:24 am
Forum: Software
Topic: Good free 3D modeling software
Replies: 22
Views: 4131

Re: Good free 3D modeling software

Helipilot wrote:Z brush sounds like something I can screw around with as well.


ZBrush is $600-ish. Sculptris is the free, scaled-down version of ZBrush.

http://pixologic.com/sculptris/
by Julia Truchsess
Sat Aug 13, 2016 2:18 am
Forum: General
Topic: Problem with R3D Premium PLA
Replies: 14
Views: 3037

Re: Problem with R3D Premium PLA

Algix Dura is an interesting new PLA-like material that is heat-resistant to 120ºC without any post-annealing. They're a bit slow in ramping up production so I haven't had a lot of it to test, but preliminary results have been really nice.

http://algix3d.com/products/uncategoriz ... -filament/
by Julia Truchsess
Mon Aug 08, 2016 3:19 pm
Forum: Software
Topic: Good free 3D modeling software
Replies: 22
Views: 4131

Re: Good free 3D modeling software

I do mostly mechanical designing as well. Tink is web/browser based and doesn't seem terribly demanding; your browser just needs to support webGL, which most do.

tink example.png


tink example 2.jpeg
by Julia Truchsess
Mon Aug 08, 2016 12:25 pm
Forum: Software
Topic: Good free 3D modeling software
Replies: 22
Views: 4131

Re: Good free 3D modeling software

I really like Tinkercad. It's not quite free but it's inexpensive. It looks like (and is marketed as) something for kids, but it is in fact very powerful, and I do professional work with it. Unlike many modeling programs that start with 2D shapes and extrude them into 3D, Tinkercad works with 3D pri...
by Julia Truchsess
Sat Aug 06, 2016 2:00 am
Forum: General
Topic: 3D Printing Nerd: Raise3D N2+ Unboxing and First Use
Replies: 9
Views: 2752

Re: 3D Printing Nerd: Raise3D N2+ Unboxing and First Use

I mentioned exactly the same disappointment with the lack of pre-sliced models on the USB stick to the Raise team back in February. It really would improve the fun of the moment and out-of-the-box experience if you didn't then have to sit down and learn the slicer before being able to see the machin...

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