Tag Archives: rapid prototyping

MakerBot is Growing Up

Disclaimer: This is just, like, my opinion, man. Also, I won’t be discussing whether MakerBot has done anything illegal or not; I’ll only be explaining what I think is going on at the company. Introduction: Recently, the MakerBot Replicator 2 … Continue reading

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Mini-Mendel Production Files

If you’ve wanted to make a mini-Mendel with your MakerBot, I made a set of production files to do just that.

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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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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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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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