3d Printers and Printing Parts

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  1. NickMyers

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    I'm curious as to how many people have 3d printers and are using them to print parts.
    I know @Tugboat and @rcengr have printers and print parts.
    I know @Kotori87 has a printer but I'm not sure if he's gotten to printing ship parts yet.
    I have one (Ormerod 2) and intend to print parts, but have not yet.

    Who else?
     
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    I wish I had one.
     
  3. Swiss Cheeze

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    I plan to when I get one and actually know how to use it.
     
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    Mine is in process.. just ordered the control board Friday. If it's anything like my boat builds, it will be operational in around 5 years...:bang:
     
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  5. Lou

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    The technology/price point seems to change quickly, is there a site that lists benefits/comparisons and is updated regularly?
     
  6. NickMyers

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    Not that I've seen. When I picked, I just asked @Tugboat for a suggestion.
     
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    I have one, the dremel one. I just printed a pump shield for one of Carl's old pumps.
     
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    If my budget ever clears up and my boat gets running decent... I'd like to get one. Used even.
     
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    Just got an email from HobbyKing, they have a (new to me) 3D printer. This one has a UK plug, but I imagine there is a US version.
    Turnigy Fabrikator 3D Printer (UK Plug)
    Those that know can comment on value of this one.
     
  10. NickMyers

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    Their product video makes me want to smash something.
     
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    HA! I read the reviews on the video and decided not to open it.
     
  12. NickMyers

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    it really is bad
     
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    An interesting looking printer. A pretty high parts count compared to most printers, when you look at all the brackets and stuff. Which is not necessarily bad, it's just contrary to my normal design philosophy.

    It will be interesting if the acrylic case stands up. There's an acrylic Prusa i3 that seems to have a lot of problems and the acrylic x arm of the Ormerod has an aluminum upgrade that seems pretty popular.

    At 6" x 6" x 4" the print area is somewhat small. Particularly since the case size is bigger in every dimension than the printer I have that prints a more common 8" x 8" x 8".

    It has a direct drive extruder on the x axis and it looks like x axis stepper motor moves with the x axis. That means the y axis is probably as heavy as the y axis on a Mendel type machine and accelerations will be similar. So while they made the bed independent of the x and y axis, they don't use a CoreXY or H-bot arrangement that would support higher accelerations and speeds.

    What I find the most interesting is that it doesn't seem to be a copy of an existing design. That is very unique for an inexpensive Chinese product.
     
  14. NickMyers

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    How do you like it? Is it PLA only?
     
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    Yes, pla only..... If I get good at it, I may sell it and get one with more versatility. We printed a pump body for Rick Schultz on Friday!
     
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    Neato! I'm printing ant-farms today. I haven't done any design of my own parts yet, but I'm looking forward to doing so.
     
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    Just watch the temperatures in the field... PLA has a glass conversion temp of like 110F, a hot car or boat box can result in a warped and useless pump :( I had some early parts warp (before combat, thankfully) and I was a sad panda.
     
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    I think Rick plans to make a mold of it, so temp. should not be a problem.
     
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    True that.
     
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