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Wolf's Beginner Guide to 3D Printing and Pinball

By Wolfmarsh

6 years ago

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    #21 6 years ago

    Hi wolf! How's the heated bed working for you? I just ordered one for my printer bot simple in hopes that it will help stop some of my larger prints from curling up.



    #23 6 years ago

    So far I have only printed PLA. I'm using mostly default print settings and configurations from the printrbot website. I've messed around a bit with putting down the first layer a little hotter then the rest on masking tape secured to the bed. I've found that some of my PLA filament colors run better at different temps so I'm trying to keep a log of those. For example the clear and glow in the dark filament print better near 200 while my black and blues print better at 205 to 208. I just got my machine around thanksgiving and I'm trying to learn and soak up as much info as I can to make good successful prints.
    What a cool and exciting machine though. I'm having a blast with it!


    #25 6 years ago

    Thanks for the info! I will give the glue sticks a try.


    1 week later
    #36 6 years ago

    I found some great info on the Slic3r program I thought I'd share. It's the manual that explains each section of the program and setting up your printer



    3 weeks later
    #46 6 years ago

    Cool article. I got my heat bed installed and holy crap what a difference in my print quality! I won't ever look back!



    1 month later
    #47 6 years ago

    Hi wolfmarsh,

    Thought I'd pass this along and to you and anybody else that has the simple metal heated bed. Printrbot has a free upgrade that they say will allow you to reach 100C with the bed now. here is the link.



    1 month later
    #52 6 years ago

    Just wanted to share, I printed my largest and longest print to date. 5 hours and 34 minutes. 5.5 inches square-ish. 1 inch thick. It ran real nice, my only issue during the run was the spool kept tangling up. Apparently a bad spool. I had to baby sit the whole print which kind of sucked. Lesson learned, check spooling before large prints. LOL


    edit to add that 89 feet of filament was used.

    4 months later
    #66 6 years ago

    Hey Wolfmarsh,

    Did you see the new upgrades for the printbot simple?

    4 more inches of print space on the x and z. Nice!

    Happy printing!


    #68 6 years ago

    That's what I was thinking too. the X increase would be a huge gain.


    3 months later
    #141 5 years ago

    Did anybody get anything new for their printers from Santa? I got some wood Filament and just love the look of this stuff. It smells so good when it's running too. Like you just put a log on the fire.
    I'm also ordering the extended x table for my simple but it's back ordered so I'll have to wait a bit. Here are a few things I printed with the wood.




    4 months later
    #149 5 years ago

    Wanted to share another cool thing I did with my printer using an Xbox kinect. I 3D scanned my brother in law and then printed him. LOL I used a free program call skanect which works with the 360 kinect hooked to your computer. You can also scan objects! Here are some images from our goofing around.




    #153 5 years ago
    Quoted from toyotaboy:

    well that was fun.. still can't get xbox360 kinect to work. Downloaded the drivers, the SDK, then the scanect software, can't detect the cameras. I have plenty of cpu and a compatible nvidea video card.

    What windows are you using? I'm using windows 7 on a 64 bit system.


    #155 5 years ago

    Are you using the external power cord with it? It won't work just being plugged into the usb port.


    #157 5 years ago

    Will it work on your xbox360? maybe you can hook it up and do a test on the 360 itself. that might confirm if it's the camera or some setup issue with the computer. That would also allow you to update the driver within the Kinect itself through the xbox360.


    2 months later
    #176 5 years ago

    Finally got my new extended bed installed!


    1 week later
    #187 5 years ago
    Quoted from Meph:

    What is that you are using on top of your bed? I am still using painters tape. I am about to pull the trigger on the X axis upgrade and heated bed myself.

    Wolfmarsh is right, Kapton. Came with the bed upgrade.

    1 year later
    #210 3 years ago

    wahoo! a couple of my makes made the list.


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