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3D Printers

nodle

Forum Nazi
Staff member
#22
Well I ordered one this morning. I went BIG! I was seriously set on the smaller of the two, but well you know me. Sooner or later I would want a larger one. So I went with the Monoprice maker select 3D. Touchscreen, dual fan on the extrude, dual motor on the Y axis, 7.9" x 7.9" x 7.1" build area, and a 50% faster print speed. Also ordered a few rolls of PLA as well.


 

nodle

Forum Nazi
Staff member
#24
So jacked to get this thing. I sometimes wonder if I should had bought the smaller one, but it will be nice for if/when I ever need it. If your into modding things this would be something to get into.
 

ryanator

Mathematical
#25
So jacked to get this thing. I sometimes wonder if I should had bought the smaller one, but it will be nice for if/when I ever need it. If your into modding things this would be something to get into.
Don't worry, she will appreciate the 8 inch objects compared to the tiny 4 inchers.
 

nodle

Forum Nazi
Staff member
#28
Great wife said the package was delivered but box is in rough shape. I think it's suppose to have decent packaging but still. You know I am so sick of deliveries anymore. Fuck Amazon using the Post Office to make their deliveries. I agree with Trump 100%. I went through 3 tvs last time due to them being broken in shipping. This shit gets old.
 

nodle

Forum Nazi
Staff member
#29
Well good news is I don't think anything is damaged. I looked real quick at lunch. I will fully set it up tonight.
 

nodle

Forum Nazi
Staff member
#30
Printer is out in the garage printing as we speak. Everything was fine in the box. Make sure to level your X axis first! Take a small bubble level fist and start here. 3D printing is all about having everything level and your nozzle in a perfect position. Took 6 screws to assemble total, including the spool holder. Printing a sample right now. Man so many possibilities with this thing. Now I am glad to have gone larger, and a faster printer. I'll report back in later.
 

nodle

Forum Nazi
Staff member
#31
I am impressed by the 3D quality. Finished my first print last night. Looks like I got my bed properly leveled. There is a learning curve. Most of the files you download will be in a .STL format which is the 3D format. Then you have to open software and "slice" it to make it work with your printer and output to a G Code format. Then you copy it on your SD card and print it. There are a lot of options to change such as a base they call a "raft" and supports as well. You can also change the inlay which is how thick it is, and other options. So there is a learning curve to it, not to bad though. Tonight I will start printing accessories for it.
 

nodle

Forum Nazi
Staff member
#33
So printed two pieces last night. One was a filament arm that helps guide the filament. The amazing thing about this is it has a ball built inside the arm. After it was done creating it, there was a full functional ball inside. It created it that way, pretty amazing. Then I created a larger spool holder, since the stock is crap. This was the biggest piece so far. It did great though. It was a longer print so I had to get up about 1 a.m. to go get it. Turned out beautifully.