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Printer Calibrations

Posted by Fallon Foster on

One of my goals this year was to finally get the printer spitting out good quality prints.  This has been an ongoing issue with my M3D printer and has been the biggest factor limiting its use.  I generally wind up needing to print something 3-4 times to get an acceptable print and even then it's not always as good as I would like.  It's a troublesome thing to troubleshoot since there isn't one particular problem to be fixed that would solve everything.  I fixed a lot of problems by moving the spool over the printer to reduce tension but I...

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Practice dragon

Posted by Fallon Foster on

I just finished a small course over at the local Tandy to see how one of the other local leatherworkers is doing her staining.  Staining's something I feel I could still improve on and I did figure out a pretty good deal from taking the course.  There's umpteen dozen ways stain can be applied and the way I'd gotten in the habit of doing it is rather different than what she's in the habit of doing.  The dragon I made as part of the course turned out a might sloppy (all three of the classes wound up being a bit...

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3D printed tap-offs

Posted by Fallon Foster on

These are still very much a work in process but with each round I've been refining the design and getting closer and closer to a standardized set-up I can use to crank out tap-offs of any size. At its essence it still comes down to having a raised design on a slab that gets whacked with a mallet.  The design gets transferred straight to the leather so I can get right to cutting and carving without tracing things half a dozen times. Most of the work left to do involves the centering and sizing but once the design's been cut...

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3D printing solved... mostly

Posted by Fallon Foster on

After more than a little troubleshooting, research, and experimentation, I've finally gotten the printer to start turning out consistent prints.  It took a three part solution to really resolve and while not every print is coming out perfectly, most of them are coming out reasonably well.  No more ABS - There's a few exceptions to this, but for the most part I'm finding ABS too much of a pain in the arse to use.  It damages the print bed just about everytime I use it (because the printer cranks the extruder up to 275C) and between the peeling and shifting...

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3D Printing Update

Posted by Fallon Foster on

I've had this M3D printer for almost a couple weeks now and for most of that time I've had it busy trying to print one thing or another.  I can honestly say that I've learned an awful lot over that time.  I've made a few models of my own, experimented with different materials, researched printing techniques and configures, etc etc etc.  Unfortunately, while I think I've learned a lot I can't say the same for the printer.  If anything my prints seem to have gotten worse over the past week, though that may be because of the material I've been...

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