Tag Archives: printing

Aluminum Idler Wheel

Well, I’d just about had it with my MakerBot’s Idler Wheel; It keept ruining prints by separating from the bearing and letting the filament slip to the side, away from the extruder’s drive wheel, so I decided to upgrade. I … Continue reading

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Fixing Mendel Production Files

Go to http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2035 to get my fixes for steps 3 and 6 (and any future problem steps I encounter) of Spacexula’s Mendel Production Files. Step 3 had a few mesh holes, and in step 6, the triangular piece was slightly … Continue reading

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Swapping FTDI USB to Serial Cable for Hardware Serial Works Nicely

Well, I was getting tired of having to load my prints onto an SD card by formatting, loading the file, and inserting into the MakerBot because when a print fails, I have to repeat the process. So, I finally decided … Continue reading

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It’s PLA time!

It was printed in PLA sans-raft. There was no warping. At all. Here’s where to get the file.

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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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Extruder working better than EVER!

I printed a dodecahedron today. It printed fine, but plastic was building up on the nozzle. Why was this? Because the extruder was extruding faster than the build base was moving. Why is this good? Before, the settings I used … 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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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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