+ UPDATES FROM THE LAB +
Oct 24, 2021 Resin printers cleaned up and put away for this season,
where have the past six months gone?
Late May 2021 A Voxelab Proxima printer by FlashForge is now onsite, just because...
The price on 2k mono screen printers has fallen enough to justify this decision.
Geesch, almost looks like an addition to the annex will be required.
April 26 2021 The Lab Annex (garage) is again up and running for this season.
First print on the LD002H Mono Screen
1h 39m 10s
46m 44s less than the LD002R
For those not acquainted with this fine piece of "BLING"
It's a "Secret Society Of Open Source Hardware Decoder Nerd Ring"
Aw jeez, hope I didn't just reveal too much on that topic......
In spite of previously declaring the pitfalls of resin printing........
All I'll say is I must have jumped on board.
Late Summer 2020 First resin prints on the LD002R
If only FDM presented this fine of detail, aprox 30mm tall.
Ummmmm, get you a whiff of that toxic resin.
Actually the Elegoo water soluble resin isn't that bad, just the same,
printer was set up in the Lab Annex aka garage until the mercury started to drop.
Mid Oct 2020 Resin setup is in a corner of the backroom Makerz Lab
and while it has been used there to try out the recently acquired Wham Bam Flexible Build Plate
It's not likely to get much use over the winter months due to the rig-a-ma-ro involved in post print clean-up.
....there is a downside after all to resin printing.
In spite of the Wham Bam having a redonkulou$ price tag, it is proving to be an asset.
However Creality is now selling a comparable build plate for much less that receives my recommendation
Amazon Prime Day 2021 Purchased a Voxelab Aquila FDM printer, cause gosh it seemed they were almost giving them away.......
Assembly will be saved for a cold snowy day later this year.
What else is going on.....
All of the 3D printing here is now via cheap chineeze brands.
220 X 220 X 300
Ender 5 shown with the modifications performed here.
to extruder mtr. wire retainer design files
Pretty good first print considering what little effort was put into prepping this printer.
Creality Ender 5
Purchased 12/01/2019, converted to direct drive and X axis linear rail during assembly sometime in February 2020.
Powered up for first print April 2020; hey that's just the way I roll these days....
Have yet to even scroll thru the onboard menu.
All that was really done was a casual physical bed level with copier paper about a month ago.
Aug 2020 Knock on wood, cross my fingers, whatever...
Procured a second Ender 5 for another family member, these are workhorses.
Photo taken during setup, it is now miles away in BW's home.
Interest around here in 3D printing started late 2014 stimulated by publicity
regarding SeeMeCNC and MRRF, which are both in the area.
Soon after witnessing printrbot evolve from wooden framed
printers to the Simple Metal, it was time to try......
First printer was a Simple Metal procured Dec 2014.
Over the course of 4 years, more printrbots passed thru these door than I'm willing to admit.
They were my introduction to 3D printing...but then advancements and price reductions
elsewhere seemed to leave them behind.
As of 07/18/18 printrbot has ceased business operations.
Fortunately there were enough spare parts here to temper any concerns regarding that news.
Late March 2021 Closed a chapter in my life as it was time to move on, everything but memories printrbot related is now gone from here.
While frequenting a good many FDM Forums, have noticed a recent trend seems to be
quieting stepper motor movement either thru dampers or improved board drivers.
Printing here is mostly in an extra backroom... errrr I mean the Lab and honestly to me a printer is
like a child out of sight in the house, it's when you can't hear what they're doing that you should be concerned.
I can often tell what stage a print is in elsewhere in the house just by the sound and find that somewhat reassuring.