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    Default 3D plastic Printing, Makerspaces - Cross over into Christmas.

    Hey folks,

    I've recently had need to create some "parts" to enable me to improve the cooling of a customised enclosure for a project. Essentially it was a tube with a flange. 3D printing is all the rage apparently and last year i bought a printer but had hardly had time to use it. So now i had a real problem, i put some time and effort into using it :-) Lucky the guys at my local makerspace, are gurus in this stuff, and they gave me a few pointers.



    I drew the "shape" using Adobe Inventor Fusion, which is free. It took about 60 minutes to print out this cooling 'tube'.

    Now i know many of you dont' have a 3d printer or would go out and buy one, but many many makerspaces exist around the planet now, and many of you could benefit from looking up your local one. They are often equipped with Laser Cutters, Mills, 3D printers and all sorts of other stuff that you proably won't have in the average home workshop. As well as having lots of 'know-how'. you might not find other christmas light fans, ( you might ).. You'll certainly find people who know how to solder if you dont' know how for example.

    Fees and costs for makerspaces are quite varibable depending on what you get.. Google "makerspace" you'll find 1000's of links and proably some contact details about something local.
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    Default Re: 3D plastic Printing, Makerspaces - Cross over into Christmas.

    Cool! How long did it take to make that part? What printer do you have?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donny M. Carter View Post
    Cool! How long did it take to make that part? What printer do you have?
    About 30 minutes to draw up, and 1hour and 5 minutes to print. NB i printed it at .34mm strata ( the slices ) which is quite thick. The machine will go to 0.1mm slices, which gives a much finer apperance, but also takes a lot longer ( this would have taken 5 hours ) to print and there woud'nt have been any gain made.

    I have a Makerbot Replicator
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    Default Re: 3D plastic Printing, Makerspaces - Cross over into Christmas.

    I tried a Makerbot Cupcake a couple of years ago. It was fun to play with. 3D printers are great for low-volume or custom parts, prototyping, etc.

    It worked well for larger parts like chess pieces, but I found the Cupcake resolution wasn't quite good enough for small precision parts like sockets for PLC6 RGB LEDs. The electronics and print heads have gone through a couple of generations of improvements since then, so the newer ones are probably more accurate now (and of course the higher-end printers could do it). I think it would also work well for custom enclosures, although plastic containers are easy to come by from other sources.

    There are several web sites such as Thingiverse.com that have a lot of parts designed and uploaded by others, so that can be a real time-saver if you want to print something that somebody else already designed - just download the STL files, generate the GCODEs, and print your parts.

    I hope that PCBs get to this point eventually. (I've read that people are working on that, and looked briefly at some of the designs for printable resistors and capacitors, etc). It would be very cool to download a PCB file and print it, then solder parts onto it (for those that could not be printed directly onto it), connect it and start using it!

    There are lots of videos on YouTube about 3D printers. Here's one showing a Cupcake printing a part:


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7ROMuyyaOM

    EDIT: BTW, a heated platform is recommended for larger parts on this type of printer, to avoid warpage of the printed part as it cools

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    Quote Originally Posted by djulien View Post
    I hope that PCBs get to this point eventually. (I've read that people are working on that, and looked briefly at some of the designs for printable resistors and capacitors, etc). It would be very cool to download a PCB file and print it, then solder parts onto it (for those that could not be printed directly onto it), connect it and start using it!
    We might be getting closer to that goal - check the video in this article:
    It's not a Terminator, but scientists create liquid metal with 3D printer
    http://cwonline.computerworld.com/t/...7535/619968/0/

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    Quote Originally Posted by djulien View Post
    We might be getting closer to that goal
    getting even closer! check this out - interesting KickStarter project:


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

    (I know it's an old thread, but future readers might find it interesting to follow the progression)

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    Default Re: 3D plastic Printing, Makerspaces - Cross over into Christmas.

    That's a really nice machine! Not sure what I would make (probably a lot) but I would love to have one!

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    Default Re: 3D plastic Printing, Makerspaces - Cross over into Christmas.

    Nice!!! What kind of machine do you have? I have been thinking about getting one myself but can't tell the difference between a good one and a bad one. Been wanting to do some "learnin" before shelling out the bucks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ebrady View Post
    Nice!!! What kind of machine do you have? I have been thinking about getting one myself but can't tell the difference between a good one and a bad one. Been wanting to do some "learnin" before shelling out the bucks.
    See post #3!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donny M. Carter View Post
    See post #3!
    Missed the last sentence, thanks!

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