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Playing around with a heated chamber design.

For quite some time I have lusted after a 3D printer with the following specifications: A 20x20x15cm build area A heating print bed A heated build chamber (ambient to 100C) to possibly eliminate warping. A respectable print resolution and speed … 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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Warping – Large objects and the heated print bed.

More of the same ‘out loud’ thinking on the issue of warping in this post to follow on from the last post on warping fundamentals. In particular, thinking about how the speed of a print, the size of an object and … Continue reading

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Belts, ball chains, 35mm film, rack & pinion..electromagnets?

The current T5 timing belt thats used on the Mendel has a few shortcomings. Its expensive, can’t be printed, needs to be split with a dangerous belt spiting jig and its hard to obtained locally. So what are the alternatives? Here is a … Continue reading

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Thermal glue & power resistors?

I recently received some parts for deal extreme that will be used for reprap related projects. From left to right: 1.5″ LCD Double Precision Portable Digital Electronic Weighting Hook Scale – Silver (45kg Max) Polyimide Heat Resistant/High Temperature Adhesive Tape (24MM*33M/260-C) FUJIK Silicone … Continue reading

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An introduction to heat transfer.

From it’s heated print bed to it’s heated extruder, a reprap is hot property. So having a sound understanding of what heat is and how this heat is transferred to other materials may help you in building better reprap related paraphernalia. So consider … Continue reading

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