Sunday, October 7, 2012

cool board

i just found this guy on kickstarter and i did support it, but i do wish i was good enough to port a reprap firmware to this, i think a board like this could do a lot of good things with a reprap. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/18182218/freesoc-and-freesoc-mini

Saturday, June 16, 2012

its a busy life.

it seems like its been ages since i have had the time to post or even print much anything.

in what little time i have to print i have managed to find a few issues with my Mendel, but nothing major, it seems to be catching somewhere in the hot end, and causing it to jam up on me from time to time, it is just enough to be really annoying.

i have had to replace my power resistor a few time now here too, i am just not having much luck with them lately, i would like to try to use that that had 2 resistors on it, my thinking there is that it might be less strain on them, but i will just have to try it and see i guess.

i also tried to add that copper end cap to cool the top down a little more, i think it worked a little too well, if i turn on my fan now, it cant keep the temp up, i think i will try to mod this idea a little still, i thought if i cooled down the top a lil bit more it would help with that jamming issue i am having. i think i could say it worked a little too well.

i am also trying to build a 1.75 mm hot end now too, i am not sure if thats the way things will go yet, but it seems like more people are going that rout and there is more stuff in that size now too.

i am still hoping to find some more people who are interested in this project in my town of swift current, but no luck just yet.

lol funny how my techzone huxly kit was and still is working so much better than my mendel that i am trying to get working half has good as michi.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

power resistor

i made this little guy up today, though my psu worked without the load on the 5v rail, when i put this buy on i got just a hair more voltage out, enough to notice it any how. but i just did some digging today and found that heatsink.

 so i drilled it out and bolted it on, and now it feels allot cooler, it was borderline hot without it. now it is just shy of 40c after 5 min, so i am doing allot better with that.

on a little side not, i got this keypad LCD shield today and i got it working with a one wire temp sensor, though my programming kinda sucks, i want to try to get it to save a hourly average throughout the day so i can then transfer them onto my computer and chart them out. there is allot more i would like to do with this project but every time i try to do more than the most simple things my brain just goes blank, its not very helpful for making progress on things.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

slic3r i like it allot

i have been trying the latest version of slic3r out, and so far i  like it allot, but i have found it seems to have a few shortcoming, it is very easy to use, and from what i can tell it works very well on allot of things, but one thing that it seems to miss is if your print has a flat part that is not on the top, it dose not seem to finish it off like it should it only seems to do 1 layer where i would like it to do 2-3 of solid fill.

on this print it worked great

you can see it a little on this print where the layers are not the best.

but for the most part i really like slic3r, it is very fast and very easy to use. i will need to spend a little more time with it to see if there is not an option that i am missing for that only shortcoming i have with it.

i think we may have our old house sold, and we are starting to look for a new one, so i am not looking forward to setting up a new shop again, but i hope i can get off a carpet floor and onto something that is not so bad for static.