Sunday, 31 January 2016

Blog Update #6

Blog Update #6

Hi everyone,

Firstly sorry for just another Blog update and sorry for not posting last weekend. 

New 3D Printer

The reason for the delay is simple I've been busy building another 3D Printer my Arduino Materia 101 (Sharebot Kiwi), It took longer than planned due to a part being completely missing from the kit and then chasing round trying to get that part sent out but I happy to report that Sharebot very kindly sent out a replacement part and as I type I'm currently printing on the Arduino Materia 101 (Sharebot Kiwi).

I'll be writing a whole blog post for the build soon, once I have some other filament reviews done, that are currently over due.

Another New 3D Printer

I heard this week that the NFire1 3D Printer I backed on Kickstarter, Is very close to being shipped and should be with me in just a few weeks, This is great news and well done to Alex and the rest of the at NFire Labs for a so far very successful campaign. I will also be posting a building post for the NFire 1 and once the forums for the NFire 1 are up I be an active user over there.  



Print-a-Week

So I haven't really been keeping up with this in the sense of posting a blog but I have been printing a print, I've just finished printing the excellent "Smartphone Photo Studio for #3DBenchy and tiny stuff" by CreativeTools. I found getting consistent photo's a right pain and this solves it, it has a printed part just made to hold the 3DBenchy and uses a smart phone as the camera which is held at the same distance each time.

Here's a few photo's of the printed "Smartphone Photo Studio".





It even has a place to add a paper backdrop. This will be getting a lot of use in the coming weeks.

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So that's all for now, thanks for reading and until next time keep printing.


James.


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Monday, 18 January 2016

Filament Review #20 - rigid.ink PETG

Filament Review #20 - rigid.ink PETG



In a previous filament review, I reviewed rigid.ink PLA & ABS and commented on all the filaments they sold and today I'm back with a review of their PETG filament.

Their PETG filament is available in 6 colours and can be purchased from here. I took up an offer rigid.ink were running of a free sample of their PETG filament but normally a 10m sample only cost £3.45 & a 1KG spool costs £31.95 + P&P.

Here's what rigid.ink have to say about their PETG filament.

"Our PETG is unmatched. Strong and durable like ABS, but odorless and easy to print with like PLA. Like all rigid.ink filaments, we've tested our PETG extensively to ensure layer-to layer bond is exceptional, and layer separation isn't something you need to worry about. 

We became so tired of the hordes of terrible quality PETG 3D printer filaments flooding the market, we decided to release our own. You need an PETG flexible filament you can rely on, something that won't ever jam your head and produce flawless prints, every time.

Accurately represented colours, near-perfect tolerances and excellent raw material quality was our aim. It wasn't easy, but we're confident we've produced a 3D printer filament to be proud of. In fact, we'd be surprised if you found better."

So let's get on with this review and take a look at the filament in more detail. I selected the green coloured filament






As you can see the filament has transparent quality to it, this wasn't clear when I ordered the sample as the colour pictures on the website show a solid colour but I like the transparent look. The sample was 10m in length and in a clear plastic bag with silica gel packet, and this came in a rigid.ink branded zip lock bag bigger enough for a spool which I thought was a nice touch.

So let's print something, as always I'll be printing the 3D Benchy from CreativeTools. The recommended temperature for the filament is between 230°C - 250°C and a bed temperature of 80°C.

The settings used in Simplify3D are:

Nozzle Diameter: 0.4mm
Extruder Temp: 240°C
Layer Height: 0.2064mm
Perimeter Shells: 2
Top Solid Layers: 3
Bottom Solid Layers: 3
Infill: 15%
Cooling: Enabled
Retraction: Enabled (Speed: 30mm/s Distance: 0.3mm)
Support: None
Extrusion Multiplier: 0.95

Print Speeds:

Print Speed: 60mm/s
Outline Underspeed: 30%
Solid Infill Underspeed: 80%
X/Y Axis Speed: 150mm/s
Z Axis Speed: 16.6mm/s

And here's the result in both picture and video form.





And a time lapse too



So I found the PETG filament from rigid.ink printed really nicely with no problems at the recommend temperatures. It was indeed odorless as stated, however I did experience slight layer separation of the bottom layers but this could have been an issue with my printer.

Overall I'm very happy with the filament and would look to print with it again in the future.


Thanks for reading and watching my review.



James.


UNTIL NEXT TIME ON 3D PRINTING REVIEWS, KEEP ON PRINTING.




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Saturday, 9 January 2016

Product Review #3 Printrbot Ubis 13S Hotend & 1mm Nozzle

Printrbot Ubis 13S Hotend & 1mm Nozzle




So as I explained in my last blog update I was lucky enough to be sent a new metal Ubis 13S hotend by Printrbot. They also sent a 1mm nozzle and that's what I will mostly be using with the Ubis 13S as I have a .4mm nozzle in my 2nd extruder.

Fitting the Ubis 13s was an easy job just remove one screw holding the existing hotend in and un-clip two cables and then just do the reverse with the new Ubis 13S, of course those of us with auto levelling then have to re calibrate but that is also an easy job and explained well on the Printrbot Support site.

And once fitted here's what my new Ubis 13S hotend looks like, on the right you will see the Ceramic Ubis hotend I have used up to now.



So 1 question people may be asking is why use a metal hotend? Well firstly printing temp, the ceramic Ubis hotend is good to about 240°C fine for most filament but filaments like Nylon, PET+, Tritan, and Polycarbonate all print above 240°C and the Ubis 13S is good to 270°C and a Ubis 13P dual heat core is due soon and is good to 300°C.

The next question people may have is why use a 1mm nozzle, wont the layers be really visible? And the answer is lower print times and yes you will be able to see the layers, but sometimes that's not a bad thing.

Check out this Candy Bowl I printed with a .6mm layer height, you can clearly see the layer lines but it adds to the visual of the print.






With a print time of around 55min @ .6mm layer height, it's much faster than if I had done it @ .2mm layer height which would be around 2.5hr.

Here's a short time lapse of this Candy Bowl and a Blue I printed to finish off. 

The Candy Bowls are by CreativeTools via Thingiverse.

Candy Bowl.




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Thanks for reading and until next time keep printing.



James.


NEXT ON 3D FILAMENT REVIEWS..... 

Filament Review of 1.75mm PETG from Rigid.ink


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Sunday, 3 January 2016

Blog Update #5

Blog Update #5

Hello everyone,

Happy New Year to all my readers, welcome to the first post of 2016 and another blog update.

The reason for another update is simple, I have news of some new 3D printer equipment I've been sent and the first Print-a-week doesn't have a time lapse (Explained below) so rather than a short post I thought I'd combine them.

So first off.


Printrbot Ubis 13S Hotend & Nozzle

At the start of December Printrbot CEO Brook Drumm, sent out a tweet asking if anyone wanted to test the new Ubis 13S Hotend, now Printrbot is based in the US so for me to see this tweet was lucky due to time difference, but as luck would have it I did and I jumped at the chance. So after a few weeks and Christmas delaying the post a bit and shiny new hotend arrived and I was quick to get it installed.

The install was really quick just remove one screw holding the existing hotend in and un-clip two cables and then just do the reverse with the new Ubis 13S, of course those of us with auto levelling then have to re calibrate but Printrbot support website makes this a quick job.

The Ubis 13S is supplied with a .4mm nozzle same as the old hotend Printrbot use, but Brook also wanted something else testing a 1mm nozzle!!! Oh yes you read that correctly a 1MM NOZZLE, So I fitted straight away and plan on printing so big prints with it soon.

So far I've only printed a small test print and had two failed 3D Benchy's, they failed because of layer shift but I think I've fixed that issue, but I'll continue to test the new Ubis 13S and 1mm nozzle in the coming weeks.

Here's a shot of it installed in my Dual Extruder Printrbot Metal Plus.




Print-a-Week

So this weeks Print-a-Week doesn't have a time lapse because it was a new Pi Camera mount and I had already disconnected the camera before starting the print.

The reason for the new mount is because the old one I used was to close to the extruder's when it runs the auto levelling and because the cables for the extruder's poke out the front they would hit the camera and knock it out of the way, which really annoyed me.

So off I went to Thingiverse to find a better mount and I found one, a design by Solenoid RPi and camera support for Printrbot. The mount was made for the Printrbot Simple Maker's Kit (1405) but it work great for my Metal Plus.

And here it is printed and attached to the printer.






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So that's all for now, thanks for reading and until next time keep printing.


James.


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