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Modding The 3D Printing Thread

Discussion in 'Modding' started by SkiDave, 6 Jun 2015.

  1. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    They all had their problems: support top-down has warped and bubbly top surfaces and one of 'em was the one stuck to the FEP; support top-up is warpy pretty much everywhere; unsupported top-up were the ones that shattered; and unsupported top-down has a fantastic flat top but warped bottom.
     
  2. 13eightyfour

    13eightyfour Formerly Titanium Angel

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    I found the best way to print keycaps was by editing the STL in Blender to extrude the bottom of the keycap, printing them with the bottom of the cap on the build plate with no support and then giving the cured part a quick sand to remove what I'd added to the model at the start. All in all a bit of a pita but it worked.
     
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  3. Goatee

    Goatee Well-Known Member

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    Had a go at printing a new escape key for my work station keyboard. I stuck it on my gaming PC so you can see some RGB vomit for your viewing pleasure.

     
  4. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    Think I damaged my FEP by being A) incautious in removing that failed print and 2) stupid by using kitchen roll to clean it. So, pulled out the spare FEP from the packaging and did a swap. Not too painful a process, really... but it's annoying that I've spotted a blemish on the spare FEP now it's fitted.

    So. Waiting for a delivery of *more* FEP, and another £24 added to the bill...
     
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  5. wolfticket

    wolfticket Downwind from the bloodhounds

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    At a glance at the model I'm not keen on the low poly effect extending to the inside of the key cap (no reason not to have it a uniform standard shape for strength). Also most caps have molded supports on the underside to increase the rigidity of the the walls and standoff, which this one seems to lack. This might be because the top surface is thicker having the same effect, but if not there's no reason (other than a tiny amount of extra material per cap) not to make it so.

    I am an FDM guy though, so you might want to take my observations with a pinch of salt :happy:
     
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  6. Goatee

    Goatee Well-Known Member

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    If your still in the market for a Saturn they have gone up for pre-order for end of October delivery on www.3djake.uk for £551 delivered.

    https://www.3djake.uk/elegoo/saturn?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI2f6r87X36gIVi7HtCh0uGgpyEAQYASABEgIoYPD_BwE

    1-2 seconds per layer with build volume of 192 (w) x 120 (d) x 200 (h) mm is awesome.
     
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  7. Goatee

    Goatee Well-Known Member

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    I just got email from 3dJake.

    "Due to price changes by Elegoo, we have also decided to change the price for Elegoo Saturn pre-orders and for those who have already paid, we will also be refunding the difference."

    Looks like I'm getting a £128.30 refund!

    Result
     
  8. dullonien

    dullonien Master of the unfinished.

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    Thinking about getting myself a 3D printer. Had a look around and found that Creality seems to be the make to go for when it comes to bang for buck - and found a site selling the CR-10S Pro for £350 (EU lead, but got plenty of spare UK ones).

    The CR-10S Pro appears perfect for my needs. I wanted something with a large print size, and 300x300x400mm fits the bill nicely.

    Before I pull the trigger thought I'd see if anyone had any suggestions/advice? Anyone ordered from Cafago before?
     
  9. Goatee

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    Whats your intended use?
     
  10. dullonien

    dullonien Master of the unfinished.

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    Bit of everything really. I'm an architect, so I'll be printing some building models. Was thinking of printing some stuff around the house (try some lamp shades, vases etc.). Probably design and print some computer case parts as well. I know printing with PLA won't give great results when printing delicate small items, but I can accept that. Could always look into a resin printer in the future if I find the need.
     
  11. Goatee

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    I have had a PLA printer (i3 clone) and recently migrated to resin and i'm waiting for delivery of a ELEGOO Saturn printer (build area - 192mm (L) * 120mm (W) * 200mm (H) ) in October.

    Resin are much higher detail but typically smaller print area.

    If your after high quality models then a larger MSLA printer might be a better bet. Depends on if you can live with the restricted build area?
     
  12. dullonien

    dullonien Master of the unfinished.

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    Thanks for the info Goatee. Certainly something to ponder. I think the larger build area is probably a more important factor at the minute. I've had PLA 3D prints done with work before so I know the quality I can expect with visible layer steps on curved elements etc.

    I'll have to keep an eye on the market going forwards. I was surprised how affordable both PLA and resin printers have become, so I'm sure it won't be long until larger format resin printers are affordable. Exciting stuff.
     
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    dullonien Master of the unfinished.

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    I've had my Creality CR-10s Pro for a few days now. Still getting to grips with it - it's stringing quite a lot though, despite playing with all the retraction settings/temps/printing speed etc. Decided it's probably not worth spending too much more time troubleshooting until I receive my order of eSUN filament in case it's just the half reel of sample filament that came with the printer that's to blame!

    Actually I haven't placed the order on filament yet, so if I'm making a mistake with eSUN, let me know. I tried to do some research, but every site I looked at seemed to recommend different brands, some of which don't apear to be available in the UK. eSUN seemed to appear on some lists + it's one of the default option in Cura, so figured it must be a popular choice. Price is also competitive at £18.99 a reel for the PLA+ filament.

    So far I've spent my time printing the obligatory test boat and a wireframe skull pen holder for my son. He's very happy.

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    Really happy with the printer itself. Quality seems great, it was easy to set-up, and it's a breeze to set prints to run. I had one issue with my only test-print from Simplify3D (using the tinymachines profile for my printer), where the initial layer seemed to go down super thin which meant the print was welded to the bed when I tried to get it off at the end. Literally had to dig the thing off with a scraper, scraping the final layers off with a razorblade, trying to get it level again. Seems like the bed survived fine, but I've not used Simplyfy3D again. Very odd.
     
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    Got my Saturn today. Its got a massive bed compared to the creality it replaces.

    Build quality looks comparable.
     

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