At long last......

Lynx

At long last......
« on September 16th, 2017, 01:19 AM »
.....I finally got myself a 3-D printer, a CoLiDo DIY 3D Printer, http://www.print-rite.com/product/colido-diy/

It's a start, I'm happy, now I can get busy printing what i miss at times, which are mostly retainers of sort to help building/holding things together while experimenting with finding new laws of the unknown Universe :-D

Not being savvy in 3-D design, which user friendly software would you recommend, prefeably one which "does the whole thing", I.E converts the 3-D design file formats (STL/SKP/whathaveyou) into executeable G-code to feed my printer with?

If there's no such thing then I'm just as good with using separate programs to transform a 3-D design into G-codes, hopefully without the need to use scripts etc to get the job(s) done.

~Russ

Re: At long last......
« Reply #1, on September 16th, 2017, 11:05 AM »
Ahhhhh fancy.

There are a few options. You'll need to almost allways have stl files ready for the slicer software.

Watch this video for your general idea.


https://youtu.be/F7JuMa35IjA

For the drawing I would recommend fusion 360.

Its free for guys like us.

~Russ


Lynx

Re: At long last......
« Reply #2, on September 16th, 2017, 11:08 AM »
Thanks Russ, appreciate it :thumbsup:

onepower

Re: At long last......
« Reply #3, on September 16th, 2017, 04:22 PM »Last edited on September 16th, 2017, 04:30 PM
Lynx
Your going to have a blast printing and I picked up a Prusa i3 clone with the aluminum frame about 6 months ago. I use FreeCad for designing parts and Repetier Host for the slicing and scaling. It's worked flawless to date, it's free and can handle generating and changing STL files so I see no need to upgrade at this point.

I found the print quality is only as good as the setup and I would go over everything and make sure there is no give or play. Bed levelling, bed and nozzle temperature also determine the final print quality. One mistake I made was reducing the extruder cooling fan speed which then melted the filament up into the teflon sleeve and plugged the extruder nozzle. What a gong show but I got it all sorted out and won't make that mistake again.


~Russ

Re: At long last......
« Reply #4, on September 16th, 2017, 09:56 PM »
Also just looking at it I would run that thing slower. It looks like its not that stable. But should work. ;)   fun times ahead!  ~Russ

Lynx

Re: At long last......
« Reply #5, on September 17th, 2017, 12:23 AM »
Quote from onepower on September 16th, 2017, 04:22 PM
Lynx
Your going to have a blast printing and I picked up a Prusa i3 clone with the aluminum frame about 6 months ago. I use FreeCad for designing parts and Repetier Host for the slicing and scaling. It's worked flawless to date, it's free and can handle generating and changing STL files so I see no need to upgrade at this point.

I found the print quality is only as good as the setup and I would go over everything and make sure there is no give or play. Bed levelling, bed and nozzle temperature also determine the final print quality. One mistake I made was reducing the extruder cooling fan speed which then melted the filament up into the teflon sleeve and plugged the extruder nozzle. What a gong show but I got it all sorted out and won't make that mistake again.
I'm sure I'll make some typical 3-D mistakes, almost looking forward to it :-D
Alll good advice, thanks for the tips :thumbsup:

Matt Watts

Re: At long last......
« Reply #6, on September 17th, 2017, 12:31 AM »Last edited on September 17th, 2017, 12:36 AM
Another tool in your toolbox Lynx.  I think you'll find it rather useful and quite amazing to have a part you need in your hand in just a few hours.  This still blows my mind and I've put over 150 hours on my printer.

Lynx

Re: At long last......
« Reply #7, on September 17th, 2017, 12:32 AM »
Quote from ~Russ on September 16th, 2017, 09:56 PM
Also just looking at it I would run that thing slower. It looks like its not that stable. But should work. ;)   fun times ahead!  ~Russ
10 4.
I printed a sample code of a cat, took almost 1 hour and the cat was only about 1 1/8 inch tall...........I couldn't help but thinking man, that's slow.
I guess I'll dial down the speeds once i'm looking into getting higher precision, for now it's good enough as is :-)
Re: At long last......
« Reply #8, on September 17th, 2017, 12:37 AM »
Quote from Matt Watts on September 17th, 2017, 12:31 AM
Another tool in your toolbox Lynx.  I think you'll find it rather useful and quite amazing to have a part your need in your hand in just a few hours.  This still blows my mind and I've put over 150 hours on my printer.
I'm just getting started :thumbsup2:
Now I can have a go at printing ABHA/bobbins/motivational things/all the other good stuff. :thumbsup:

Matt Watts

Re: At long last......
« Reply #9, on September 17th, 2017, 12:38 AM »
Hehe.  Just don't try that quasi-crystal because it will prove to you just how good Russ is at 3D printing compared to most of us.

Lynx

Re: At long last......
« Reply #10, on September 17th, 2017, 12:45 AM »
Quasi-crystal, eh?
Gotta check it out :-D

Matt Watts

Re: At long last......
« Reply #11, on September 17th, 2017, 12:48 AM »
NOOOOoooo.....     Not the cursed quasi-crystal.   That thing is a monster.   My printer makes a gooey blob out of it.

Lynx

Re: At long last......
« Reply #12, on September 17th, 2017, 02:15 AM »
Aha.



I see what you mean.
Well I guess it's the ultimate test to whether or not your printer is up to the more intricate tasks at hand.......

Maybe in the future if i see the need to get myself a printer with higher accuracy, until the I'll take your word for it............wouldn't want to create a mess out of my printer, not just yet anyway :-D

onepower

Re: At long last......
« Reply #13, on September 17th, 2017, 09:39 AM »
Lynx
Quote
Now I can have a go at printing ABHA/bobbins/motivational things/all the other good stuff.
My initial reason for getting a 3D printer was because it was almost impossible to fabricate the coil former's I wanted. Then you realize any coil former is only a couple drag and drop's plus 20 minutes away. I also found getting back up to speed on FreeCad and designing my own parts was harder than building and setting up the printer. There is a pretty good learning curve to complex CAD structures but it's like most things and it gets easier with time.

I also found it was much easier to build a coil form in two pieces and I design the bottom flange and tube as one piece and the top flange as another to avoid the need for supports. Add a couple drops of super glue to join them and your done. This allows us to build large diameter thin flanges on a smaller tube more like a spool. Sometimes it's just easier and much faster to split up the parts rather than have to deal with overhangs and supports.

Good building




Lynx

Re: At long last......
« Reply #14, on September 17th, 2017, 10:50 AM »
Quote from onepower on September 17th, 2017, 09:39 AM
Lynx
My initial reason for getting a 3D printer was because it was almost impossible to fabricate the coil former's I wanted. Then you realize any coil former is only a couple drag and drop's plus 20 minutes away. I also found getting back up to speed on FreeCad and designing my own parts was harder than building and setting up the printer. There is a pretty good learning curve to complex CAD structures but it's like most things and it gets easier with time.

I also found it was much easier to build a coil form in two pieces and I design the bottom flange and tube as one piece and the top flange as another to avoid the need for supports. Add a couple drops of super glue to join them and your done. This allows us to build large diameter thin flanges on a smaller tube more like a spool. Sometimes it's just easier and much faster to split up the parts rather than have to deal with overhangs and supports.

Good building
Thanks, all good advice :thumbsup: