Happy New Year’s
January 1, 2018
Happy 2017… er 2018. I’ll have that down in about 6 months time. Thank god we don’t write checks any more, so many months of messed up dates on checks. There’s a lot that’s changed this past year (new job) and lots changing this year (getting married). However that’s less important to this blog. What is important? New Year’s Resolutions. To be technical, I’m not terribly big on a New Years Resolutions since if one needs a “New Year” as an excuse to make a change, then it probably won’t stick. That’s just how the logic sits for me and how it works/doesn’t work for me. If you feel strongly about New Year’s Resolutions, then please feel free to continue. On my side, I made a resolution to myself a few weeks ago that I was going to focus more on being productive in my free time. That starts with more writing.
3D Printing: Knurled brass inserts using a heat gun
August 31, 2017
In my current quest of building the Hypercube Evolution, one of the early and critical steps is putting in the knurled brass inserts into the 3D printed parts. These inserts are the receptacle for screws/bolts that would otherwise chew up the plastic you’ve printed. The standard instructions are to use a soldering iron but I wanted something with a little more accuracy so I used a heat gun. It works well so I thought I’d share a quick tutorial video I made!
Hypercube Evolution Build Log – Starting out
August 24, 2017
After the adventure that is learning about and buying a 3D printer, then learning how to print the hard way, I was left wanting more. Kit printers are a great start and I knew there were many options for upgrades. However the more I researched the upgrades, the more I wanted to understand 3D printing better from the ground up. Only one way to do that… the hard way … AKA build one from nothing more than some plans found on the internet. So starts my adventure with the Hypercube Evolution (HEVO).
Howto: Glass Bed Upgrade for the Monoprice Maker Select v2
June 16, 2017
One of the most commonly recommended upgrades I’ve found (For all printers) is switching to a glass bed (Technically tempered Borosilicate). While it is not a hard nor expensive upgrade, it can be a bit time consuming. Since your bed is very important to the print process, this shouldn’t be something to rush, so I’d recommend at least two hours to complete (not including print time). Please note that the process here should work just fine for the Wanhao Duplicator i3 and similar series printers however you may need to verify what the correct glass size is.
So now I’m printing in PETG?!
June 6, 2017
Over the last two weeks or so that I’ve had my printer, I’ve learned a number of things. I haven’t had a chance to put “to paper” (or… blog, as it were) all of them, however last night I did my first print in PETG thought it was worth a quick mention while the hot end was still warm. Possibly the most important thing I’ve learned is that most people stick to one filament type and not jump from PLA to ABS to PETG like a bunny on crack. Turns out you need to refine your settings and do some calibrations, so I’ve learned a thing or two about that along the way.
Pitfalls for 3D Printing Newbies
June 1, 2017
So you’ve decided you wanted to get into 3D Printing, you’ve possibly even picked out and purchased a printer. You’re good to go, right? Well, not quite. Like any fun hobby, turns out there are more than a few things to getting started than you might have realized. Some of these pitfalls might not catch up to you for a while but since I’m learning the hard way, I thought I’d share all the knowledge I could up front. These items are in no particular order and may or may not be applicable to your specific situation:
Selecting a 3D Printer
May 31, 2017
The field of Additive Manufacturing at Home, aka 3D Printers isn’t terribly new. However it is still a field in which it’s new to most people. It’s also a field that is very rapidly evolving. Therefore the hardest part for me to write is “which 3d printer to pick” because by the time you likely read this, there will be other new options to consider. So rather than telling you what to select, I’m going to share my thought process and a few things to keep in mind.
Down the 3D printing rabbit hole: a background
May 30, 2017
For those of you who happen to follow me on various social medias may have noticed a ton of Instagram posts as of late regarding 3D Printing. It makes for great writing material. A number of you have strongly requested more details, as it is my style to share my journey, this begins a series on 3D Printing. Let’s start with my background on 3D printing (or lack there of) and what I’m going for.