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Stephen Baird
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Somos como griegos en casa de romanos.
Somos como griegos en casa de romanos.

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Friendly reminder: always double check your orientation. Otherwise you may plug something in backwards and make a lovely plume of smoke as you dump way too much current through a tiny wire.

Somehow this doesn't seem to have killed anything. At least, not anything more than the wire itself. How I got that lucky I may never know.
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There have been questions lately about the durability of resin prints and their utility as printed objects, so I thought I'd share an example of a utility print I've done recently.

My dishwasher, a Kitchenaid, has some funny design choices in its wheels. They're retained by a post that sticks all the way through the wheel and carriage and which is held in place by a lip on the post.

That's all well and good, except the interior of a dishwasher is packed with abrasives so that lip on the post (which points into the main washing area) gets worn down over time. Eventually the wheels pop off with very little force, or even just fall off under their own power. Sometimes those wheels even end up too close to the heated drying coils and turn into nice little lumps of plastic slag.

When the dishwasher started regularly losing five of its eight wheels, and completely lost one to the heated drying coils, I decided it was time to fix it. The dishwasher now has seven of its eight retaining posts that are 3D printed resin and one entire wheel that's resin. So far, after a couple washes, they seem to be holding up. The temperature isn't an issue and they're not sanding away so quickly that they're useless, so I'm hopeful they'll be a decent relatively long term solution.

These were all printed in DruckWege clear on a YHD-101, and the files (in case you happen to have your own misbehaving Kitchenaid) can be found here: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2418822
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7/4/17
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Because sometimes you need non-button-head screws and all you've got are button head screws and a rotary tool.
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For the past three months or so, Google+ has been showing me "suggested posts" or "hot posts on G+" that are all obvious bullshit health claims usually written in bad English.

Profiles like "natural health wow" or "living better daily" post links to clear clickbait like "the ten healthy herbs that will help you live longer" or "ancient secrets that are better than medicine".

I'm not sick, I'm not taking or searching for trendy health supplements, I haven't left a trail on the internet that should lead any algorithms to thinking these are things I want to see. And every time they come up I block the profiles... but of course these things are like a hydra, there are always three more spam filled profiles to take the place of the one you cut off...

So my question is why? Is G+ being targeted by these sorts of clickbait health scam people lately so this is showing up for everyone? Is Google using the location data of my frequent trips to the gym to reach bad conclusions about what I'm interested in? What the heck is going on here.
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This story just keeps on giving. If you missed the original saga I recommend you read up on it too, it's more of the same great flavor of hilarity.
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A tale of two +Google support channels:

Yesterday I finally got fed up with my roughly 18 month old Nexus 6P's faulty battery and pestered Google to see if they would do a warranty replacement even though it's 6 months out of warranty since the bad batteries are a known issue. After about half an hour in a web chat session they gave me a warranty exception without anything more than simply asking if they could and today the replacement phone is in my hands. - Grade: A++

Two and a half months ago I discovered that Google AdWords had begun running an old ad of mine of its own volition and had run through the $100 credit the account had and charged me another $133 before I stopped it. I got in touch with AdWords support about it and after almost two weeks they got back in touch and said they were working on it. About once a week after that for three more weeks they apologized for the delay but did nothing else. Finally I wrote back asking where we were on the issue and the next day someone from a call center in India called to discuss the issue with me. They went through what they could see from their end and it confirmed the entirety of my story. They then said they would keep working on it. A couple weeks later I angrily wrote back asking why it was taking so long and was escalated. The new support person gave me the same "we're working on it" line but now explained the tech team needed to fix the glitch I had experienced before they could refund me. I got angry again and was escalated, again, this time to someone who actually replies almost immediately. I was told again and again that it was being "escalated" and that the "finance team was looking into it" and finally - last night - was told I would have my refund in 24 hours. I still don't have my refund. - Grade: A swift kick in the teeth.
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It's new resin day! Now begins the sometimes arduous process of dialing it in...
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Turns out a little black pigment fixes the overcure. The yellow and dark green are FunToDo Industrial Blend printed at 5.8s/layer and 0.05mm layers, the frosted white one is a Shapeways print.

I added three drops of black pigment to a full vat on the YHD-101 to get the color (full being just about to the top of the print head when homed).

The differences between unpigmented and pigmented are especially visible around the face and the leg bands. I accidentally cracked the rifle off while cleaning supports, but to my surprise the scope cover at the back of the scope printed (it didn't on the shapeways print).

You may have to zoom in to see it, but on the YHD-101 print and the shapeways one the belt and belt loops below the flak jacket came out.

I'm inching closer to perfection, and taking copious notes while doing so of course.
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3/31/17
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The same Groot from the other day, printed on my YHD-101 with FunToDo unpigmented Industrial Blend at 6s/layer and 0.05mm layers, now with gray gesso primer so you can see all the surface detail.

Later tests show this is a little long for layer times, but even with some overcure it still looks really good.
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