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Richard Mitchell
Software entrepreneur on my own business Cherry Safe, loving my little log cabin/workshop at the bottom of my garden.
Software entrepreneur on my own business Cherry Safe, loving my little log cabin/workshop at the bottom of my garden.
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Another failed x carriage for the e3d v6 on the Ultimaker original. Looking like it's time to get my CAD on as I can't find a design that works. +Ultimaker+E3D-Online


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Well I like the design but it just doesn't fit quite right. Lack of nut traps make me nervous, can't fit the fan ducts properly around the original heater block, the fan depth can lose a lot of travel, have to buy alternative fans.

Time to try printing http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:94678 instead.
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The Ultimaker original I have assembled fit work has had another hot end jam and I'm fed up as it takes ages to take apart to clean it.

Should I convert the Ultimaker to use an e3d hot end?

Perhaps using something like https://www.youmagine.com/designs/e3d-v6-hot-end-mount
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Duh! Of course
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Just suck it up and fix it...again
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Reprogram it with an axe

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It's amazing the difference painting can make to a print. Printed the Gale crater on Mars a while ago for a friend and look at the end result. I'm so impressed by the result.

Looks far better than the mushy peas it was compared to originally.
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2015-02-16
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Made some 3d printed mounting brackets for my Shapoko electronics that are silly just because I was bored with "normal" looking ones.

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Got it working. Now I have to work out what I want to do with it.
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Thanks to ten years at +Red Gate Software​ the assembly of my new 3D printer may be somewhat delayed.

Nice gift :)
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I'm thinking of using an idler to bring the belt down to the motor. This will allow me to use one belt length tensioned in the xy block.

Is there anything I'm missing here that means this is a bad™ idea?
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A question. What should the difference in height of the two round bars be?

I'm going through ground down M5 nuts and printed frame braces at a prodigious rate.
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What a difference a tap makes. I was having awful problems tapping the centre of the extrusions, the tap was getting gummed up with aluminium so I decided to treat myself to a new tap.

Once I started using the new tap everything was fine. I used a piece of wood with a 5mm hole drilled through it with a pillar drill to start it off nice and parallel. After that I backed the tap out and continued by hand. Using a ratchet tap handle was ideal.

I then made a load more of my cheap tnuts (grind two edges down a bit off normal M5 nuts) and loaded them into the extrusions and put the thing together.

It's terribly out of true and after looking the Eustathios design does have many braces so that's my next job.
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