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11-30-2015 06:08 PM  36 months agoPost 1
Doublah

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I want one for Christmas. Any thoughts, suggestions or experience with them. Also, looking for recommendations. Thank you.

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01-04-2016 11:54 PM  34 months agoPost 2
Nasty1

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I have a reprap, opensource type china, it's a prusa i3 dual extruder,
it can be had for 450$ ish,,

the stepper motors are under powered, the power supply underpowered,
but it does work..
I upgraded the power supply, and got new stepper motors with more torque.
I'm in it now for almost 700.

the biggest problem to overcome is getting the prints to stick to the bed. and auto bed level to work

it's like a whole new hobby trying to get things to work correctly. like heli's, you need to be persistent. and it can be mastered,
yes, im sure I coulda been printing for 2000$ but im still nowhere near that yet. and still learning.

able to get really good PLA prints, but having a tough time getting ABS to stay on the bed, going to buy a different bed.

Empire Hobby Team Gaui USA

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01-06-2016 08:05 PM  34 months agoPost 3
HilliHeli

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Nasty1,

That's some great-info, Thanks

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01-06-2016 10:25 PM  34 months agoPost 4
Doublah

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I actually ended up getting the Dremel Idea. It just has one head and does PLA. I have enjoyed the heck out of it. Works great!!

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01-07-2016 12:28 AM  34 months agoPost 5
HilliHeli

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I actually ended up getting the Dremel Idea.
http://www.amazon.com/Dremel-Idea-B...el+idea+printer

Doublah,
Do you find any-of the problems with your Dremel that Nasty1 spoke-of with his reprap (?)

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01-07-2016 08:23 AM  34 months agoPost 6
Doublah

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No, not at all. Prints and sticks to the bed nicely. I have not had one issue!

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03-04-2016 09:24 PM  32 months agoPost 7
Nasty1

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Now I've had my printer for 4 months,

now can print ABS, and print very well.
It just takes time.
Still running the original stepper motors, but because they are under powered my print speed is reduced by 50%.

I have one 12v power supply for the stepper motors and control board, and a separate 24v power supply for the heated bed. works good.

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11-16-2016 08:18 AM  24 months agoPost 8
DennisH

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Do you build your own spec's for the part being printed?

Or is there a 3d measuring system with the printer?

No clue what I am talking about, but I watch one make a bolt and nut, it was a very impressive experience.

Dennis

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12-28-2016 10:21 PM  22 months agoPost 9
Chachin

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Hi Dennis,

Both options are available in the 3D printing world. That is, you can use your own design software to design parts for 3D printing (to your own specifications) or you can use a 3D scanner to create a 3D model from a physical object for printing. 99% of the time I design my own parts for printing to fulfill my need to create custom plastic parts I can't find anywhere else.

3D scanners are typically sold separately from desktop 3D printers though. I don't own a Dremel Idea Builder but I don't think it includes a 3D scanner.

A third option is to download other people's 3D models for 3D printing.

Hope this helps.

Chachin..

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12-29-2016 03:11 AM  22 months agoPost 10
Doublah

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Chachin....where have you been? You use to fly Minature Aircraft...correct?

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12-29-2016 10:32 PM  22 months agoPost 11
Chachin

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Hi Doublah. Yeah man, long time no speak! Yes I owned pretty much every MA electric ship .

Well after the demise of MA (plus other life events) I kind of lost interest in the hobby so I ended up selling most of my helis. I kept the Whiplash but was worried about replacement parts like everyone else... I figured the main gear would be the first thing to wear so I decided to try and make my own gear for it. This made me get deep into CAD, 3D printing and more recently CNC routing/machining. All I can say is that I'm now officially hooked in designing and manufacturing in general. It has opened up a whole new world for me that has become my new hobby.

So that's what I've been up to all this time. I have a very small home based "shop" that continues to grow in capabilities as I keep learning new manufacturing techniques and acquiring new machines.

Hope you are doing well too my friend. I remember meeting you at a FL funfly where you were flying the crap out of an Ion-X!

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