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Brian Wilson
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Straight from the front page of takerverse. #HappyNewYear

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:607200

While this was a fun print for the occasion, it really isn't a good model for 3d printing. The mechanism for the arms had really tight tolerances and were pretty much fused. Also, this is sized more for children than an adult head. It didn't fit any of the grown heads at my house tonight.
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I have completed two prints of "the wrench" in PLA. Both parts function properly. All I did was use a small adjustable wrench to hold the socket adapter and turn the printed wrench in the loosen direction to break the ratchet free. There wasn't much resistance and the same gcode was used for both colors.

I used slic3r with 4 shells, 4 top/bottom layers, 30% infill, and 0.1 mm layer height. I never print at 0.1 mm, so the wavy appearance on the brown wrench (not as visible on the gray, but still there) is something new to me. Also surprising was the lack of fill around the text on the gray wrench while the brown was just fine. It is probably a small difference in filament diameter between the two that I won't bother myself with too much.

Now I need to take over the world with my 3 in-lb rated wrenches.

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12/29/14
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I will continue my trend of awful photos with my dragon submission to the group. It really is a good model. Files like this make me wish my Z limit wasn't so low. I scaled this to 100 mm tall.
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I wanted to improve the airflow for PLA prints, so I switched over to a centrifugal blower type fan (this one: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H8VV0XK/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1).  While it makes a world of difference in air flow, it also rattles like crazy on any x-axis movements.  The axis of the fan motor and my x-axis are parallel, so I imagine any small vibrations cause the fan blades to rattle.  

Is anyone else using this kind of fan and what type of mounting are you using?  Currently I just have it secured by one of the mounts so I can still adjust the position as needed.  If I just rest my fingers on the fan body as it is rattling, the noise goes away.  This tells me that mounting it more securely (using both mounting holes) may remove/reduce the vibration.  I think removing this awful noise may be more beneficial to me than being able to adjust it.

Currently printing, so the photo is slightly worse than I could provide with a stationary machine.
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I was mad that my printer failed while printing the Banjo Ukulele, so I assembled what had completed.  I call it the section view Banjo Ukulele.
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They can't all be perfect!
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Testing out slicing with Cura on my MendelMax. Looks like using the retraction setting makes a huge difference. Adios strings!
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+Jatin Solanki +Sean Timmons Here is the drum smoker I made on Friday.  With a 20 lb bag of kingsford, this was able to run at temp for over 18 hours without touching anything.  I sealed it up and the coals were extinguished in about 2 hours.
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So, uh, +NASA picked my image in their gallery.  Kinda cool.
On Friday, August 31, the family of Neil Armstrong held a memorial service celebrating his life in Cincinnati.  Coincidentally, that very night, a rare second full moon of the month, known as a blue moon, was seen.  In honor of Neil, we asked you to share publicly your photos of the moon from Friday night on Google+ and tag them with the hashtag #WinkAtTheMoon .  We have posted a gallery of some of our favorites on our +NASA page. 
 
After Neil’s passing, his family stated: “For those who may ask what they can do to honor Neil, we have a simple request. Honor his example of service, accomplishment and modesty, and the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink.”

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Meade ETX90 with Nikon D40.
#bluemoon   #neilarmstrong  #winkatthemoon
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