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Eric Lien
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I am a tech nerd, a jack of all trades, and an all around OK guy (get to know me and see if you disagree).
I am a tech nerd, a jack of all trades, and an all around OK guy (get to know me and see if you disagree).

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I sure love being able to make an upgrade soup-to-nuts. The fact that the Ender3 has the full model online makes things easy. Designed in Solidworks, cut on my CNC router, bent with a vice press brake, test-fit, powder coated with a harbor freight gun and cured out in a cheap toaster oven. And after making a stepper wire extender, I now have a direct drive Bondtech BMG on my Ender3. Time to start retuning my profiles.

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1/26/19
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I cannot express how happy I am. +Michael K Johnson did me and this community a great favor. As we all know G+ is slowly approaching it's "use by date". And I don't trust that google will gracefully sunset G+ with static content pages to retain the years of knowledge, sweat, community we have nurtured in our corner of the interwebs. So Michael who is ...lets be frank... a computer ninja, helped make a backup of this community so it can be hosted out on Gitlabs. It started with a json and image export from https://gplus-exporter.friendsplus.me , then Michael worked his magic to convert it into usable data we could host remotely.

So now even if Google gives us the old middle digit in April, we will not lose the historic record of what our group brought to the table in the history of the 3DP community. Michael, I cannot thank you enough.

Now it is not a perfect 1:1 G+ backup solution. One of the advantages with G+ was the ubiquity with which you could share. Google photo albums, youtube links, embedded post images, links to outside content. It does not all perfectly display. But DANG is it an amazing start. I have some things to learn to try and get the remainder of the videos and some other content wrapped up under the backup umbrella.

But I thought you should all know it is out there. Take a look, and if any other computer ninjas have some ideas on the remainder of the content backup... please chime in with ideas.

https://eclsnowman.gitlab.io/eustathios_herculien_ingentis_gplus/

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I had some fun making a string and disk centrifugal spinner with my two boys. They had made some at our local science museum, but wanted a V2.0 from the printer.

It's funny, but they have really been getting a kick out of them. They have all the tech they could want to distract them, but sometimes it's the simple tactile toys that have a unique ability to tap into a child's inquisitive nature.

https://www.youmagine.com/designs/3d-printed-string-and-disk-centrifugal-spinner
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1/11/19
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I have been playing with an Ender3 recently just for something new to test. It prints fine. But then I startup a printer I haven't used in a while like my Talos3D Spartan... And I am reminded why a hand built hand tuned printer will always win.

Printed Sainsmart Tpu
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1/8/19
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Printed my 8 year old something for Christmas. Lets just say he thought it was super cool. But I made sure to use an unrealistic color scheme. Very cool model. Everything functions as it should. And very simple to print (just a bunch of pieces).

Atomic Black CF PETG, and Snolabs Sublime-PLA

Printed on the Ender3 I am testing, and my Tria Delta.

Model files here: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3004363

Hope everyone had a Happy Holidays.
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12/26/18
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Making some more small but fun "fix it" prints during the Christmas down time. My 8 year old son loves his Beyblades, and his favorite one broke.

3d printing to the rescue:
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12/23/18
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Slowly the clips on the track that holds the sliding shade on my sliding patio door have been failing. The original plastic got old and brittle. 1 hour later parts designed and printed, and it is fixed. Not a 1:1 copy, I had to thicken parts up for printability. But these types of projects are some of my most rewarding prints. They haven't made this particular shade in more than 8 years. Without printing the shades would be destined for the scrap heap. Gotta love 3D Printing brining old things back to life.
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12/17/18
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I have this years Christmas Ornaments for the family done earlier than usual. Hope everyone has a great holidway, and that your friends and family have a safe and joyous time this season.

https://www.youmagine.com/designs/minnesota-christmas-ornament-with-named-base
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12/5/18
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I was inspired by Brandon at HobbyFab to finally cleanup and put up the files for the mini arcade I built for my two boys several years ago. I built it as one of the early projects I made on my R7 CNC by HobbyFab (Formerly SMW3D). Do with the files as you wish. I hope they can be useful if someone wants to make the same thing, or at least as an inspirational starting point.

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As things slow down here on G+ ... I am sad. I know something else will come along to take its place, but this group of people and this format of sharing is truly something special. A replacement will not come easy.

Then again I am so grateful at the same time. Through these groups I have gained so much knowledge and taken on projects I would likely not have had the confidence to do otherwise. Because of the inspiration of people in these groups I taught myself CAD, then designed a 3D Printer. Eventually I designed and made several more printers and collaborated with other brilliant makers on new printer designs, CNC router prototypes, and innovative extruder designs.

I have made many friends. Travelled to see some of them and their families in other states and even other countries. I can honestly say this community has given me so much, and seeing the clock on the wall ticking down brings sadness... but also nostalgia for the times spent here. To me G+ has been the epitome of what they mean when people say the internet makes the world a smaller place. It translated language, and tore down barriers the likes of which I had rarely experienced before.

Thank you all for the times, the friendship, the knowledge, and the laughs. I know the clock has not counted down fully yet. But things are slowing, the end is closing for this chapter of the interwebs. So I wanted to write this down before the time is too late, and before even more of you have moved to the next big thing.

Take care my friends, I hope to find you where makers find their new home ... unless it is Facebook ;)

On the lighter side of things, I know I don’t post a lot anymore… but I am still making things. But more for work now a days since 7 printers is enough (according to the wife). For example see the pictures below of my prototype for a spraygun mount for the new Fanuc P40 paint robot. I have one at the lab at work for testing and playing around. And I wanted to have a visual representation for the spray pattern and tool center point. So I cut some acrylic side panels, printed some spacer blocks, and printed a mockup spray gun and spray pattern for developing pathwork. Nothing groundbreaking… but it makes for easier visualization while playing around.
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