MP3DP v2

After rebuilding the center of my MPCNC, buying another router and converting it to dual axis independent motors, I wanted to test it’s alignment by making the MP3DP v2 – another V1 Engineering project. Some of the core components came from my aging Prusa i2, which had significantly less build volume (20x20x7) There was a small issue with the parts being CNC’d using the new firmware. rounded corners seemed to be randomly hit and miss – I found out that the firmware didn’t cut arc’s very well, so they had to be removed from the g-code Core components removed: stepper Continue Reading →

3D Printing Updates

I originally started printing parts for a Prusa Mendel Iteration 2 before my Solidoodle 2 had a fatal malfunction. I didn’t print a complete set,¬† mainly because it started out as a learning experience not a replacement. Currently in the second week of a 6-7 week turn around for the Solidoodle replacement parts to arrive, and I should have all the parts to make¬† the Mendel in about 2 weeks. Here is some prints that I haven’t published photos of yet: This is a security cam recording while printing “Clumsy Dragon” Cheers

Solidoodle Failed Again

Failed Y Axis Solidoodle 2 1

You may have read my rant at the bottom of this post regarding to cooked hot end resistor. Today I went to try a test print again after the Y axis kept getting stuck. Another parts fail, the front Y axis bearings where cracked and crumbling, then snapped all the way through. You can see from the pieces below that the infill has been set to about 20% on parts that requires constant tension and also holds a moving, vebrating part. A pretty obvious manufacturing mistake. The images below show the second right hand bearing holder failing as I tend Continue Reading →

Solidoodle 2 – Arrived, let the printing begin!

It took about 12 weeks – 10 for manufacture, and 2 for delivery. I finally have a Solidoodle2 running test prints. First issue to over come out of the box was trying to find documentation on where to start. Does it need calibrating, does it need a firmware upgrade, etc.. Couldnt find any guide that started “OK so now that you’ve opened the box”, similar to the way you normally would with a paper printer. So I just plugged it in, downloaded the software, and tried a few test prints. About 20% of the prints would stick to the heated Continue Reading →