3D Printer Series

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3D Printer Series

Post by msimpson » Tue Apr 16, 2013 1:04 pm

Please feel free to ask me any questions directly.

I will be posting updates and links as the series progresses.

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Re: 3D Printer Series

Post by msimpson » Sun Apr 21, 2013 1:07 pm

I will be adding more 3D printers as the series continues. These are the printers that I currently have access to:

PrintrBot Jr (I Own)
Rostock Max (I Own)
Solidoodle 2 (I Own)
Afinia (Loaner)

I also have access to a Replicator 2.

I am looking a getting a MakerGear M2.

At the end of the series I will do an indepth write up of my experiences with each machine.

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Re: 3D Printer Series

Post by msimpson » Tue Apr 23, 2013 12:06 pm

I just ordered a MakerGear M2 kit.

Once the kit arrives I will post a few highlights in the series, but will provide detailed build notes on my website at:
http://www.kronosrobotics.com

I went through the instructions on the web site. They are not step-by-step, but look doable.

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Re: 3D Printer Series

Post by wheagy » Tue May 21, 2013 6:13 pm

Michael,

A couple questions:

1. For the hobbyist that wants to print the occasional small part for a robot or other project, so far, which machine (or if not a specific machine, then what type of machine) would you recommend, taking into account up-front cost, consumable cost, resolution, etc.?

2. Assuming this series will run in Servo for 6 months, do you expect that after the second or third installment, most readers will be able to make a reasonably well informed purchase selection?

Thanks,

Win

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Re: 3D Printer Series

Post by msimpson » Tue May 21, 2013 7:59 pm

If money is not object and you can live with the small build area I would go with the Afinia printer. It prodces the most acurate parts I have ever seen. This includes printers not included in this series.

If you cant afford the $1600 for the Afinia, look at the solidoodle 2 Pro. With some tuning you can print parts. They are not as accurate as the Afinia but by tweaking here and there you should be able to create the part you want. It also has a slightly larger build area.


I have a M2 on the way, I have a feeling this will be my goto printer.

In the third article I do prints on the Afinia, PrintrBot Jr, Solidoodle and the Rostock Max. You should have a good idea of how well each one prints.

By the fourth it is my hope to have the MakerGear M2 results.

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Re: 3D Printer Series

Post by msimpson » Tue May 21, 2013 8:07 pm

Since my long term goal is to write an indepth book on 3D printing. I will be looking at other printers as time and funds permit. Check my website frequently.

http://www.kronosrobotics.com

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Infill Example

Post by msimpson » Wed Jun 05, 2013 3:38 pm

We rairly fill the inside of a print at 100%. Here is an example of an infill done at 10%.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUV8Cd1kcc0

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Re: 3D Printer Series

Post by msimpson » Fri Jun 14, 2013 12:13 am

Got my MakerGear M2 and just posted some pics and comments here:
http://www.kronosrobotics.com/3d/makerg ... ndex.shtml

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Re: 3D Printer Series

Post by jjwhite » Thu Jun 27, 2013 5:14 pm

Your clip for the bed/perf board on the Afinia is a great idea. Do you plan to post the model here?

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Re: 3D Printer Series

Post by msimpson » Tue Jul 02, 2013 10:56 am

I will eventually post the STL file on my web site in the Afinia section.

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Re: 3D Printer Series

Post by msimpson » Wed Jul 10, 2013 11:09 am

This is a little vid of my M2 printer making a bearing block.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oriSpFHdTzg

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Re: 3D Printer Series

Post by msimpson » Thu Jul 11, 2013 5:20 pm

Here is a little vid of me creating a micro drone with my M2 3D printer.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4Xi5Xn8 ... e=youtu.be

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Re: 3D Printer Series

Post by msimpson » Sun Feb 23, 2014 9:56 pm

Just to let you folks know that I have moved my 3D printer blogs off my business website my personal web site at obsessiveme.com. You can find them here:

http://www.obsessiveme.com/

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