Archive for June 2015

Running hot and cold: controlling 3D printing temperature

Cerberus 3D Gigante 3D PrinterI’ve written before about how temperature-sensitive my 3D printers are, and it seems to be true of all three of them. From what I read online, I’m not alone in this challenge.

But I’m not satisfied to just live with it. I want to be able to print exactly what I’ve designed (or better).

I’ve done various things to mitigate the problem, from adding fans and adjusting their locations to adding heat lamps and, for my CubeX, adding a heated bed. Yeah, the irony is that you need to disperse heat in some areas and increase the temperature in others.

Now I’ve come up with a FCS (“Fiendishly Clever Solution”) that I think just might work …

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Burn notice – 3D printing nuances

Twin Peaks, a contemporary 3D artwork by Kevin CaronMust I learn everything the hard way? (Uh, on second thought, let’s not go there ….)

I am constantly learning the nuances of 3D printing software and hardware, usually by doing.

Each printer and piece of software seems to have its own idiosyncrasies, and while I’ve learned a tremendous amount from Steve Graber, who built both of my deltabot printers, I’m also learning a lot by making mistakes – or catching them before I do.

With my latest 3D print, I realized that I could have mitigated some of the burns at the top of the sculpture ….

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