Tag Archives: extruder

Any Recommendations for Prusa Mendel Parts?

Progress on the RepRap has slowed to a crawl and it’s really bumming me out. Building from kits is SO much easier than sourcing the parts yourself. I’ve probably gotten the final cost estimate into the $600-$700 range by now. … Continue reading

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Early Christmas Gifts Are Awesome

My dad got me a MK5 kit for Christmas after my MK4 broke for the 3rd time in a few months (PTFE insulators are annoying–I think my thermistor table was wrong). I have since put it together and am currently … Continue reading

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MakerBot Fixes and Upgrades

Well, I just bought some new parts for my Makerbot. First, because my build platform broke, I bought the MakerBot Heated Build Platform Kit. I decided that, since I was switching back to ABS, I should be using a heated … Continue reading

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PLA!

A few days ago, I ordered some PLA (from UltiMachine, at $47.50) so I could print out larger objects without warping. It’s arrived, and now I have to figure out how to modify my MakerBot to use it. I found … Continue reading

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Failures and Succeses

This post summarizes the events of the past few days: – MakerBot randomly stops during large print (Mendel extruder), causing blob; blob makes print fail epicly. – Happens again; no idea what’s going wrong. – I tighten the X/Y belts. … Continue reading

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In Other News: Fixing the “Fixed” Extruder

I believe that the repairs I just performed on the extruder are going to work this time! I tried building a test dodecahedron recently and my extruder just stalled on me. This has happened before, but I think I have … Continue reading

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Rebuilt Extruder Creates More Problems

As I said in the last update for this, I rebuilt the extruder. Yay! But there is a slight problem: the extruder, for some reason, extruded for a while, but then just stopped. I think I just need to tighten … Continue reading

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Extruder rebuilt!

Self-explanatory title is self-explanatory. Long story short, I rebuilt the extruder for my MakerBot and will be testing it tomorrow. Then I will be able to see how well having less ceramic tape on the heater barrel works.

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Priorities

Ok, here goes: I recieved the parts for the extruder on Monday, but didn’t even touch them until Wednesday and I haven’t yet attached the nichrome wire, thermistor, and ceramic tape to the heater barrel nor replaced the Idler Wheel … Continue reading

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MakerBot Extruder Woes

So I decide to finally fix the extruder. In doing so, I found more problems than I thought existed. Problems: 1.) Idler Wheel has cracked 2.) Insulator Retainer has cracked 3.) Nichrome wire insulation has turned to powder 4.) Overheating … Continue reading

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