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post #21 of 26 (permalink) Old 06-20-2016, 10:11 AM
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I just got a micro 3d printer and have been fooling around with a few small prints. The printer is so cheap that its difficult to get a great print. It also doesn't have the resolution that I'd like. So I'm likely going to be upgrading. Your projects are coming out great and I hope to be able to do stuff like this for myself in the future.

Couple of notes to Hillbilly Heaven. Printing takes place at well over 200 degrees. doubt anything is going to melt in the summer heat. As for big pieces and seams, if he is printing in ABS, acetone will dissolve it. You can use abs chunks in acetone to form a paste that acts as a glue. The abs chunks in the solution are the same material so the acetone left in it will "melt" the two pieces while the chunks fills the gap and leave an almost seamless piece. Its also just as strong as the rest of the print since its the same material. You can also use acetone vapor to smooth print lines. Its a bit of an art but basically just cover the piece while it rests over acetone. Check it every so often and the outermost layers will start to melt or smooth. You can then clean it up with really fine sand paper and have a great finished piece.
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Just wanted to show off my latest print. This one had to be made in 4 pieces and then screwed together. It came out PERFECT! I was afraid it might be too tall or that the pieces would warm and the holes wouldn't line up. Have to say, I LIKE this piece. Now I can finish rewiring all my aux lights and switches how I really wanted them all along. The sunglasses fit perfectly and the switches line up just how I wanted them to.

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Awesome man!

I've got an LSL in my office...but unclear if I can use it yet. It ain't cheap to run, and I haven't been here long enough to ask haha
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i have a 3d printer. i can probably make the same stuff you have been getting printed; probably cheaper. If i can help you out, let me know
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I would love to play with a 3d Printer. Ive been looking at this carbon fiber 3d printer.

Still a bit expensive for my needs though at $3500.

But they are cool. I design stuff all the time and it would be nice to be able to 3d print them.

and heres a good article on 3d printing with steel.
3D printing with metal: The final frontier of additive manufacturing - ExtremeTech

it 3d prints with dry metal powder, which you then heat up to solidify it, then further heat process it till its solid. pretty cool stuff.

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For someone wanting to get into 3D for the first time, this one is highly rated and lots of mods you can do later on. At less than a grand has great features.
Prusa3D ? 3D Printers from Josef Pr??a
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