3D Printing


Samurai farm houses update

Been on vacation for a week.  Last night I got back to printing on my ender 3.  Today I firing up the CR-10 to print my Samurai farm houses.  Got a good start on this set. After taking inventory on the parts I printed. Need to print more of the middle sections.  Than back to making roof section.  The prints are excellent.  I had a few problems with the starting end curling. But that was me not making sure I had good adhesion on the printing surface.  With the parts you can making many different houses for a game or D&D.  Below are examples of what you can build.   Currently I'm kicking around the idea of getting license to print there building.  That is if I get enough interest.

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Work in Progress 3d print of a Boer War Fowler tractor

I decided to see if my CAD skills where still any good.   I fired up Fusion a 3d CAD program.  Started to hack away. It has been 3 years since I used a CAD program.   Surprisingly I still can do it.  This is version one. A few error now that have been corrected.  Not quite the correct scale.   Having a great time using my skills and brain..  CAD modelCompleted print after 6 hrsEnd on of boiler, taking away the supports.Egg crate supportsCab before removing the supportsView of the CabAll the supports removed

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Prusa Progress: Done!

 Whew - the printer is now fully assembled.  Despite an insufficient supply of gummy bears, this was a really fun little project.  I made a few mistakes and had to backtrack a bit but I enjoyed building this sucker.Now it's time for my first test print: Well, that didn't seem to go all that well.  I'm pretty sure the Prusa logo isn't an abstract piece of art.  The troubleshooting guide on the Prusa website is very well done and I quickly diagnosed there were two problems - one of the drive belts (the one that moves the platform) was too loose and the print head was too close to the base.A little repair work and let try again.The printer does comes with a first layer calibration routine which I ran about 20 times tweaking the settings.  It prints a single line in a zig zag pattern and a small flat piece.  Useful for diagnosing, boring to blog about.  SO you only get to see the test results of full items.Boom printing like a champ. If you are considering getting into

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Prusa Progress: Extruder Complete and LED attached

The extruder/print head is finally done.  The instructions indicated this was the most complicate step and I can attest to the veracity of that statement.  Each individual step made sense but there were a lot of them!  I will say the instruction manual is superb.  I also recommend using the online version which has a few more pictures and toy can zoom in on them.Next step is the assembling the heated bed and then hooking up the power unit with the electronics. There is one GREAT LIE with Prusa 3D printer assembly.  The company includes a nice package of gummy bears that you are supposed to eat as rewards for completing certain steps.  There just aren't enough gummy bears relative to the work.  Somehow my gummy bear stash has been depleted before the uni is done.  Perhaps I should substitute beer for the remaining steps. What could go wrong?

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New 3D Printer

I picked up a new 3D printer - a Prusa Mk3S.  It's gotten good reviews and my next secret project will require a lot of 3D printing so a second one is "justified". That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.The Prusa requires assembly.  A lot of assemblyOk the basic frame is done.I was texting back and forth with my son and had a very funny auto spell correct episode.  I had meant to send"I've started on the Prusa today"But Siri, in her infinite glory, actually sent"I've started on the Prussians today"My son responded with"Napoleonic or Franco-Prussian War?"Only in this hobby can that happenNor the Y axis (front to back) and Z axis (up and down) are assembled.  I think there are another 10,000 steps to go.  While building a 3D printer can be tedious, it does teach you how the thing works (hopefully it will work)

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Stuff for Anton's D&D campaign

My buddy Anton was looking at my 3d prints the other day.  He said. " Boy would that be kool if you could make bottles, boxes and other items for a dungeon.  The other day while now Thingverse I found the first of the items he wanted.   It took 12 hours to print.  But the one small bottle has a skull on the front for poison.  These where printed on my Ender 3. If you look closely you can see the skull on the beginning of the second row.

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Creality planning to release a 3d scanner

I subscribe to Sexy Cyborg you-tube channel.  Yes she dress like a Japanese anime figure.  Has large tats-tats.  But she is a 3d printer nerd. Her reviews are honest, with good facts.  Also she is will help people having problems with creality.  Because of her review of the Ender 3 I bought one.  It is a great little printer that needs a little tuning.  The mistake I had was buying it from Gear Best.  Don't purchase from Gear best.  If you have a problem or defect printer..well.  It is like smashing your head against the wall.  Yesterday I replaced my control broad with the latest creality broad.  Wow is all I can say.  For the 35 dollar upgrade it is a new machine.  No longer have the wining sound of the stepper motors.  The movement is super smooth.   My prints are even better than beforeBack to the purpose of the post. Noami in the youtube is showing a new product from creality a 3d scanner.  The quality is not bad fo

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Japanese garden wall finished.

A while back I bought a set of Japanese Garden wall.  At that this time I had not purchased my 3d printer.     The set ws made by Dave N Daughter more here:Oriental wallsHere is a step by step explanation on how I painted them.Paints I used.The grey base was dry brushed on, Follow reddish color very 5 stones. The light grey was applied every ten stones. Base color applied over a black background.Bluff color extra fine ballast applied to the wall with white glue.The wall painted vintage white ( Folkart paint). The lower stone wall was washed with Reikland Fresh shade.Hope this will help you when you are painting similar stone wall.

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15mm Normandy Barn

This is one of the prints I made from 3d Terrain Normandy part 1 set.  I'm still working my way through this set of files.  Just like the Dark ages set I got a couple of monster prints to make.  I'm talking about week per building. Still have to make the interior building for the castle.  Let a only paint them. Here is the painted barn.

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