Pledge Drive: 3D Printer

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Kaldonis
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Re: Pledge Drive: 3D Printer

Post by Kaldonis » Wed Feb 13, 2013 9:40 am

We voted last night to order the Solidoodle & 3 spools of filament. It will be here in 8-10 weeks.

Navacare
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Re: Pledge Drive: 3D Printer

Post by Navacare » Fri Feb 22, 2013 4:13 pm

ill pay $100 to get a small object created with your 3D printer!!

Kaldonis
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Re: Pledge Drive: 3D Printer

Post by Kaldonis » Wed Mar 27, 2013 2:02 pm

Just an update - our 3d printer has shipped! Should be here in about a week.

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Re: Pledge Drive: 3D Printer

Post by rylangrayston » Fri Apr 05, 2013 4:51 pm

So the solid Doodle is here and late last night while i was waiting on my computer to finish running a bunch of scripts I thought id get the solid doodle printing....

Its simple to get going on any computer just do the following

1. install repetier-host-solid doodle
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/90605134/setupR ... e_0_82.exe
http://wiki.solidoodle.com/how-to-print

2.make a 3d modle you want to print with any program that exports to stl. i used blender

3. with the solid doodle pluged into your usb port open repetier-host solid doodle and hit ctrl-p , change printer too solid doodle 3 , change the com
port to which ever one works. exit the dialogue and click connect .. if the printer dosent respond then ctrl- p again and try another com port.
when it works you will here a loud clunk from the steppers on the printer.

4. in the object placement tab load you stl file and position it

5 in the slice tab hit the huge slice Play button at the top( this was hard to find .. its so big it dosent look like a button!)

After a bit of a wait it will take you to the g-code tab ... if everything looks good then click the run job button
the solid doodle auto zeros its self at the start of every job

tips

-go to the manual control tab and click "heat print bed" ahead of time
so it heats up while you are slicing you modle.

-be carful when moving the steppers manualy there are NO limit swiches moving to the left, front or bottom ! this machine can hurt its self.

-wipe the surface of the print bed with iso alcohol RIGHT befor you print .. it helps the model say secure during printing

-make a large solid base that you will trim off you model later

Well thats all I learned about the solid doodle last night ... here are some pics of the test prints i did....

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Kaldonis
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Re: Pledge Drive: 3D Printer

Post by Kaldonis » Tue Apr 09, 2013 10:53 pm

Did a few test prints right, leveled the bed, got it working fairly well. Images below.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/5vuvtbh2zybc3 ... .43.47.jpg
https://www.dropbox.com/s/99o5c9nfh3pt5 ... .43.57.jpg

This was done at .3mm. I made a change in the config to print the first layer thinner (.2mm) and slower (50% speed) because I read that these help with getting the piece sticking better. True story!

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