Tag Archives: 3d printing

Modifying Marlin Firmware to work with a TandemB

In previous posts I built a prototype ‘TandemB’  which can be thought of as a 2D Delta printer in terms of its x and y-axis movement. This prototype could be moved about under its own power but that had no compatible firmware … Continue reading

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Working in Tandem – Unconventional XY-axis layouts for 3D printing, laser cutting, CNC milling, engraving or pick and place.

Below I outline three separate concepts for moving in the X and Y plane with a specific emphasis on minimising the moving mass, maintaining high mechanical stiffness, reducing backlash and allowing two stepper motors to work in tandem. It is my hope that these concepts, … Continue reading

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Drawing gears in Sketchup.

Update: March 2015 For a copy of the plugin please see this link as the original owner appears to have moved the site. This version has been updated to work with the newer versions of sketchup. If you have trouble with this … Continue reading

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2011 – The year of the 3D printer?

Just how popular is the desktop 3D printer now as opposed to a year ago? How popular will it be this time next year? There are a few tools available that may help provide quantitative answers to these questions. One such tool is Google … Continue reading

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IceRap – Water deposition for ice printing?

What if you could use water, straight out of your tap, as a feed stock for your 3D printer? This is an idea that has been in the back of my mind for quite some time.  Obviously you couldn’t use liquid water … Continue reading

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