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arleas
2 months ago#1
Earlier this year I decided to take the plunge and buy a 3D printer. I didn't really know what I would use it for other than the fact that I wanted to print this one specific part for a VR mod. So I could have bought the smallest and cheapest printer out there but instead I decided to spend over $500 on a fairly large printer (almost a cubic foot of build volume).

Since then, I've spent a couple hundred dollars on filament, I've bothered to learn how to use Fusion 360 and I spent a little time in Blender (I can't really do much in Blender yet though). I've learned quite a bit and even made some stuff for friends.

I started wishing that doing multi-color prints was easier but dual extruder printers start at around $600-$800. Then I saw they came out with this device called a Palette 2 which basically lets you run 4 different colors/types of filament into the same printer with a single extruder and print detailed multicolor prints without having to sit there and start/stop the print every time you want to change colors.

I'm still waiting on that but I assume it's going to be awesome.

Anyway, just curious if anyone else here has a 3D printer, and if so, what kind do you have and what have you made with it? Do you have an account on thingiverse? Tell me about it.
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Nintendo_Porn
2 months ago#2
I need to consider investing i one. Would make projects alot easier when i can make extra stuff at will instead of buy it.
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arleas
2 months ago#3
Yeah, getting a 3D printer actually motivated me to learn a CAD program to design my own stuff. I had a "Shower thought" about it earlier today... that 3D printers are basically like sewing machines for guys.

If you have sisters or if your mom was big into sewing, you'd see them geek out over a cool sewing machine with a lot of stitch patterns, and then they'd go buy a fabric pattern, some fabric at the store, cut the pieces out, use the sewing machine to put it all together and be like "Look at this cool dress I made!"

Guys see a cool 3D printer with a lot of features (heated bed, dual extruders, etc), download the .stl files off the internet, buy the filament from wherever (amazon for me), load it up, run it and be like "look at this cool batman symbol I made!" (I did actually do this).

I'm not 100% sure on how girls feel about sewing machines, especially nowadays, but I imagine when they're big into that sort of thing, it's very similar to the feeling I get when I think of cool s*** to make.
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Nintendo_Porn
2 months ago#4
Sadly, I haven't touched CAD in a decade, so I could only imagine how that program has improved since career center classes.
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arleas
2 months ago#5
Fusion 360 is pretty easy to use, but I don't have any other experience to compare against. I think the worst part is learning the menus and what tools you need to do what you want.

Like the Glamour and Glitter logo I "made" for you was 99.9% done for me by Fusion 360 and all I had to do was remove stuff that you wouldn't have wanted...but if you didn't know the steps to take it would seem like a major achievement.
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arleas
2 months ago#6
So last night I decided to buy some stuff for my printer. I've been having trouble with the heated bed either taking forever to heat up OR not staying heated so I ordered a better aftermarket heater, and then I decided to grab some filament while I was buying stuff so I'd have more material (Prepping for when I get my Palette 2 attachment)...

The problem is, I was sleepy when I made the purchases and so I thought I was buying 2Kg of PLA (1 spool in black and one in white) I got 2Kg of ABS instead.

PLA is a very easy filament to work with but it's not very durable and melts easily (leaving it a hot car in the middle of summer can cause it to start to deform). On the other hand, ABS is much stronger and doesn't melt easily but at the same time, it's hard to work with. I can print with it, but it's gonna mean more work to get it to come out right.

For one thing, the heated bed has to get to 110ÂșC before you can start printing, It doesn't want to stick to glass (even when heated) so you have to prepare the surface to get it to stick (glue sticks won't help), and it warps and shrinks as it cools so you have to make sure it prints in an enclosure of some kind to keep the temperature from going down around it while the print is still happening.

I kinda wonder how Lego does it... (lego bricks are made with ABS plastic).
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Nintendo_Porn
2 months ago#7
I kinda wonder how Lego does it


Without looking bet they have a proprietary means to increase odds of success.
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arleas
2 months ago#8
Nintendo_Porn posted...
I kinda wonder how Lego does it


Without looking bet they have a proprietary means to increase odds of success.

Well they're almost certainly doing injection molding rather than 3D printing, but what I was thinking was how the plastic supposedly shrinks when cooled, so do they have it down to a science how much it shrinks and just mold them bigger or maybe do they have some kind of stuff to add to stop it from shrinking as much, or what.
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Nintendo_Porn
2 months ago#9
Saw a video on youtube that breaks it down?
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arleas
2 months ago#10
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJbQ7zAlYo0

This sorta glosses over it. "It's heated up and melted, then after put in the mold, the bricks come out the other side"... Thanks WSJ!
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