I wrote two new articles for hackaday. The first is, “Keep Your Nozzle Hot and Your Prints Cool.” This is about my experince in tuning up the quality of my 3d prints by adding sufficient cooling. It really helped!
The next took me quite a while to write. I really like Fusion 360 as a mid-range (for now) alternative to Solidworks. This is a short tutorial on using some of its parametric cad features. Making Parametric Models in Fusion 360
I have a Prusa i2 that I built at a build-a-thon years ago. It works great! Well, it did, but time kept on moving forward like the big jerk it is, and everyone built much better printers. Now it only works okay. I’m saving up for a move across country so I don’t want to spend too much of my hard earned dollars. Luckily though, past me hated money, so I have a lot of spare parts right now.
My plan is simple. Use what I have lying around all the parts from the prusa i2 to make a printer that’s really above average.
My inventory is thus:
With these limitations I set out to work. I went through a couple of revisions
before I figured out what I’m calling my no. 1 rule to printer design (no. 1 rule pending to change).
1. Design the movey hot plastic bit first. It determines the size of everything else.
So, without any more delay. Here’s where I am with the x carriage.
I’ve done some neat stuff here that I would like to shamelessly brag about. Feel free to shamelessly flay my ideas to shreds in the comments. If we cant be dicks to each other on the internet then what did we invent it for?