[EMS Discuss] Rick's 3d printer report.
Wed Oct 10 16:05:43 PDT 2012
Oh, sure. I even got the new firmware loaded initially, but then the
settings were so far off I couldn't get anything to print right and I
had to revert the firmware. Kassie has apparently fixed that, with what
I imagine included a sizable investment in time.
One thing I don't recall Kassie mentioning: Do we have to use the
laptop now, or did the desktop machine get a new version of
BTW, I likely won't be around for a couple of weeks. Got a lot to do
before an out-of-state trip.
On 10/10/2012 2:27 PM, Bob Miller wrote:
> But you put in the new glass bed, Darrell.
> On Wed, Oct 10, 2012 at 11:23 AM, Darrell Perko <EMAIL HIDDEN> wrote:
>> The dialing in has all been Kassie. My understanding is that she tried
>> again and got it working with the latest firmware, just not with Slic3r yet.
>> Correct, Kassie?
>> On 10/10/2012 10:11 AM, Rick Osgood wrote:
>> Sorry, I meant to reply to this a couple days ago and forgot about it.
>> Thanks so much to all of you (both of you?) for working on this and making
>> the printer better than it was. Bob showed me a print he made last night
>> for his laser cutter and it came out exactly the right size to fit his
>> bearings. I was amazed because it was never that accurate when I was using
>> All of the settings you mentioned, are these with the old replicator G
>> software and old skeinforge version that we have always been using at the
>> shop? I know Darrel started trying to upgrade to the latest firmware and
>> software but I wasn't sure how far he got with that. So all of these
>> settings are with the older software or the newer one?
>> As for the hardware upgrades, I personally don't mind if you guys want to
>> try something like this. Just keep in mind that the printer has been
>> getting a lot of use lately so we want it out of commission for as little
>> time as possible and we want to notify everyone before taking it offline for
>> an extended period. Also keep in mind that I haven't donated the machine to
>> the shop (yet anyway) so if you start putting money into the machine and
>> something happens where I need to take the machine home for some reason, the
>> parts you buy and put into the machine will either leave with it, or we'll
>> have to take them back off of it and put it back the way it was. I don't
>> anticipate this happening but I don't want any one to feel like they've
>> wasted their money or had something taken away from them in the event that I
>> need it back for some reason.
>> On Fri, Oct 5, 2012 at 5:27 PM, Kassandra Kaplan
>> <EMAIL HIDDEN> wrote:
>>> I've been working on a few profile for ricks printer.
>>> A .35mm, or 350 micron, standard print quality. This profile replaces my
>>> old profile. This profile has better z-height accuracy, reversing and
>>> speed. The quality is not as good but close. 90% complete
>>> A .2mm, 200micron, medium quality print. The settings work but are not
>>> dialed in. 75% complete
>>> A .1mm, 100 micron, high quality. This setting is not ready for use yet.
>>> 20% complete.
>>> A .05, 50micron, very high detail setting. Unstarted but I expect this
>>> will Be as low as this machine will go given the half stepping controllers.
>>> Upgrades possiblity:
>>> If we upgrade the firmware more refinement in each quality setting could
>>> be achieved. The issue is that makerbot firmware uses an a axis instead of
>>> the standard e axis. A script could be written to fix this.
>>> Alternately new electronics could give greater improvement all around.
>>> Using a ramps shield, azteeg, or other marlin capable electronics would
>>> allow printing down to .01 mm or 10 microns and the most up to date
>>> softwares. This would also fix the a axis problem.
>>> Dual extruder:
>>> With an electronic upgrade or the buying of a second extruder control, 70
>>> dollars could allow an upgrade to dual extrusion set up.
>>> Is possible with filament change protocol and new setting. May improve
>>> max print quality, but hot days can soften this material.
>>> Current issues:
>>> E axis vs A axis
>>> Filament tensioner- due to the improved retraction the filament tension
>>> needs tightening with every hour or so of about a quarter turn. This seems
>>> overly finicky. A pinch wheel clean might be in order.
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