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Ryan Weaving
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This is so awesome. I want one.

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Nick Donahoe and 25 others were tagged in Ryan Weaving's album.
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MIFS Merced Ingress First Saturday
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Added photos to MIFS Merced Ingress First Saturday.

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I finished the capsule that we are giving away for the most AP gained during the Ingress first Saturday event this weekend in Merced, Ca.  I am only making one of these and this is it.  It features 300 RGB leds with remote control.  It also makes the capsule sound when you open the lid.
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Me and +Nicole Lalumiere-Weaving dressed up to go to a ball in celebration of the artist Edward Gorey. 
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This Mark-17 was the type of bomb that was detonated at Castle Romeo test on Bikini Atoll.  These were the first mass produced hydrogen bombs.  There are only a few of these bomb casings known to exist.  This is surly portal worthy as a reminder there was a time we felt it was necessary to mass produce a single weapon capable of 15 Megatons of destruction.  This bomb is next to a massive B36, surly the B36 portal can be moved slightly to accommodate this unique portal.
Type of appeal: Too close to another existing Portal 
Portal title: Thermonuclear Bomb
Description: Mark-17 hydrogen bomb
Location: Castle Air Museum Foundation, 5050 Santa Fe Drive, Atwater, CA 95301
Lat/Lng: 37.368078, -120.579146
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Me and my family spent Thanksgiving backpacking in the Ventana wilderness in California.  This photo was taken on the hike back with a wink as we reached the ridge.  I can’t think of a better way to spend black Friday. #throughglass2014 
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Printing ABS on the Makerbot Z18

I'm an unfortunate owner of the Makerbot Z18.  I was so excited for this printer and pre-ordered it as soon as it was available. I own the Thingomatic, Replicator, and Replicator 2X I thought that this printer would be a great addition to my Makerbot collection.  I immediately started having problems with the print quality.  Extruder was constantly clicking, filament feed issues, inconstant leveling, surface artifacts, etc..   I was not going to pay the extra $$$ for Makercare.  Makerbot's tech support is beyond horrible because they are afraid to admit that there are fundimental design issues with the printer and smart extruder.  I ordered a 3 pack of extruders hoping to solve the extruder issue.  After having waited for over a month for my replacement extruders to arrive the first extruder was bad right out of the box.  Makerbot only warranties the extuders 2 months after ship date, so if you buy a 3 pack test them all because I doubt Makerbot does.  The new extruders made no difference.  I was almost ready to give up and rework the entire top end of the machine and replace the electronics because I'm not going to buy Maker Care, but before I do that I decided to do some experments printing ABS.  ABS is my plastic of choice because of its strength and work-ability with acetone.  I took some kapton tape and covered the build platform with it and applied some ABS acetone mixture to it with a paper towel rubbing until the acetone is evaporated.  I mounted a roll of Octave ABS filament so that it feeds into the top feed.  I set the extruder temp to 225C and chamber to 48C.  I turned off the PLA cooling fan.  There is a bug in the Makerbot firmware that causes a timeout when waiting for the chamber to get to temp. (Error 1001: Toolhead not heating), so you might have to restart a few times until the chamber gets to temp.  I've attached some photos from my experiments.  The printer took 13 hours to print the teapot (3 shell 10% fill).  I was pleasantly surprised this morning to see the teapot had printed without major issues.  The surface quality is better then anything else I have ever printed on this printer.  I really think that Stratasys had Makerbot intentionally neuter this machine's capability.  The Kapton tape does not stick to well to the build platform tape,  I'm going to try to add a sheet of aluminium or stainless to the build platform and see how well that works.  
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2014-10-30
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