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Last class

Last class

Tomorrow is the last of my photography classes at Purchase, it has been fun even though it was just a “personal enrichment” class so there’s no grade or anything at the end.

We were kind of given carte blanche for what we wanted to do for this last class, and as I have been incredibly busy over the last couple of weeks and had almost no time to get out and shoot I kind of took the easy route and decided to take the last leaves on the trees as my theme and really took my time choosing from the shots I got a couple of days ago and threw in a couple I had shot previously. Then I tried to get the best possible prints I could, and even broke out the 13″x 19″ paper for one of them (it really does make a huge difference to print them out- they look 100 times better on paper than they do on a screen- even a 4K one like mine!).

So, here are my final 5…

Walking with Athena

Walking with Athena

Holly and I had company in the woods this afternoon… Mary (from work) is down with a lousy headcold so we took her dog Athena with us so she could have a bit of a run πŸ™‚

There was a bit of territorial growling over the back seat of the car, but once I put Athena in the front and left the back seat to Holly they got on fine πŸ˜‰Β 

TARDIS …

TARDIS …

… complete πŸ™‚

I’m sorry, I’ll stop posting these things soon- I’m just so excited to be living in the future!

I’m pretty impressed with this one too, I had to scale it down to 50% of the original design, so some of the door and window panels are only a couple of layers thick.

Now to find a good Dalek …

A quiet printer day ;)

A quiet printer day ;)

I had to actually do some work today πŸ™‚ so it was a quiet day for the little printer.

I printed a dogwhistle (which is surprisingly loud) and a nice little spring clip to mount the old phone I’m using to monitor the printer remotely. Now that work is over I’ve mounted the phone so I can watch from home while it prints a TARDIS for me (the last shot is a snapshot from that), it should be done by about 10pm or so.

This thing is freaking amazing!

This thing is freaking amazing!

Well, I’m officially hooked now!

This morning I started a long print (only the fourth thing I’ve printed), and I wasn’t actually sure it was going to work, but it did! And it is abso-f-ing-lutely amazing!

Here are some pictures as it was printing-

And here is the final product-

What is truly amazing is that this was all printed in one shot! And I don’t mean all the parts were printed and it was then put together- it was all printed as a complete, working unit. This truly blows my mind (my hat is off to the guy who designed it- you can download the files on Thingiverse here)! The screw thread that lifts and lowers the platform was printed inside the threaded piece it fits into that was printed around it at the same time, do you have any idea of how close the tolerances must be for that to work??? I guess the fact that this worked shows that I’ve got the settings for this little printer pretty well dialed in πŸ™‚ All I had to do when I took it off the build plate was remove the “brim” around the bottom (this helps it stay stuck down while it’s printing) and gently wiggle the joints to break the single layers of filament that held them in a few places. Once I had done that I could just turn the knurled wheel and it worked!

You have to see it in action to truly appreciate it- and thanks to modern technology, you can πŸ™‚ Please excuse the vertical video, I needed the height πŸ˜‰

A few details- I used Cura beta 3.6.0 to slice and scaled the original file down to 75% so that it would print and be ready before I went to bed (it took 9 hours and 50 minutes), and I printed at 0.1mm layer height to get the best quality I could.

Right now the printer is printing a simple phone stand I also found on Thingiverse that should just take about an hour (next I have to get myself a CAD program so I can design this stuff myself!), then I shall let have a well deserved rest until I decide what to print tomorrow πŸ˜‰

I am flabbergasted what I can do with a baby $99 3D printer like this- imagine what I could do with a bigger one with a heated bed and a bigger build volume… ?

More printing fun :)

More printing fun :)

So, day 2 and I’m trying something MUCH more complicated! I printed a little filament guide for the top of the printer this morning, and while I was on Thingiverse (which is absolutely awesome by the way- thousands of files that people have created that you can download and print) I found something really fun to try. I’m not going to say what it is until I know whether it worked (and we’ll all have to wait about 8 more hours to find out).

But I did take a little time today to rig up an old phone in my office (the printer is in my work office- less likely to be knocked by the dog!) so I can monitor how it’s doing from anywhere. This image is from the computer in my home office, but I can pull up the feed on my phone wherever I happen to be πŸ™‚ There are more complicated ways to do this that let you actually control the printer remotely as well, but for now this will at least let me check it’s still running when I’m out and about. If you’re interested, I’m using an app called Alfred.

So now I can go for a nice lunchtime walk with the dog (as today is my day off), and check in on my printer from the woods πŸ™‚

Of course the phone that’s sending this video feed is just propped up on the windowsill- now I have to find and print a proper mount for it…!

First mini

First mini

So I have printed my first mini, a Paladin πŸ™‚ And I have to say I’m pretty impressed! He is only about an inch high, and for something so tiny the level of detail is pretty amazing- and this is only the third thing I’ve printed!

He didn’t come off the printer looking like that, when you print things like this with elements that are not supported from below (his arms, and cloak, for example) the printer needs to print “supports” under them as it prints from the bottom up and can’t print in mid-air (for a fuller explanation, check this webpage).

This is what he looked like, and I definitely need to learn more about supports as I think I included way more than I needed and it took forever to remove them all πŸ˜‰ 

But all-in-all I’me very impressed with my little bargain printer! What shall I print next?