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by benavery
Tue Jul 21, 2015 12:58 am
Forum: Software
Topic: Solidworks to slice? OR do I need Simplify 3d
Replies: 9
Views: 5916

Re: Solidworks to slice? OR do I need Simplify 3d

Does SW even include a slicer ? Its not a very common feature of cad tools. It doesn't seem like it'd be a priority for them, given they cater to people doing high end multi-axis milling and the like, not for people printing on low-end (relatively) printers. S3d is a great investment (and trivial co...
by benavery
Tue Jul 07, 2015 7:40 pm
Forum: Software
Topic: What software are most people using?
Replies: 36
Views: 13881

Re: What software are most people using?

I found the same with SketchUp - I spent more time trying to convince the thing to make proper surfaces than I did modelling. I would have to re-do parts over when they got messed up, and in many cases it was super painful to create the new surface. Any non-trivial use of boolean operators would cre...
by benavery
Thu Jun 18, 2015 7:50 pm
Forum: How-to/Guides/Tips
Topic: Question about supports.
Replies: 7
Views: 2090

Re: Question about supports.

The steps jsc mentions is the best way to start. You should be able to get supports printing okay with out more elaborate measures. Fixing all those issues will make the overall print experience better anyways. However, if for some reason you still have problems: You can also use a raft, assuming th...
by benavery
Tue Jun 16, 2015 9:12 am
Forum: Modifications
Topic: Loud Fans
Replies: 25
Views: 12088

Re: Loud Fans

I replaced both the 40mm fans with Noctua ones, and they are much quieter. However, I found that the power supply fan turned out to be the the noisiest, and isn't easily swapable (without dismantling the power supply I assume) I ended up building one of the IKEA cabinets to put it all in, and with t...
by benavery
Tue May 26, 2015 2:20 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buying an M2
Replies: 22
Views: 6921

Re: Buying an M2

As a counter-opinion, I wouldn't worry about spares for now. Unless you plan on doing business critical printing with the printer, where downtime is costly, or live somewhere where shipping costs are quite prohibitive. I have has my M2 for a year, and haven't needed anything new. I did partially bre...
by benavery
Fri May 22, 2015 12:24 am
Forum: Modifications
Topic: Moving electronics out of enclosure
Replies: 4
Views: 1479

Re: Moving electronics out of enclosure

Insta: Have successfully printed for extended periods of time with the electronics at 120F ? I tried to determine a safe number a while ago and couldn't find much info. I though someone was experiencing problems at lower temps than that, but I could be mistaken.
by benavery
Mon Apr 13, 2015 7:27 pm
Forum: Software
Topic: Just setup OctoPrint. Any tips?
Replies: 35
Views: 17877

Re: Just setup OctoPrint. Any tips?

The transferring of the file doesn't bother me too much, as I always save gcode to the same folder and s3d/octoprint remember the right folder and are sorted by date so its about 5 buttons clicks in total. The octoprint file list thing is more complex than I really want. I would rather it only ever ...
by benavery
Wed Mar 25, 2015 6:18 pm
Forum: Modifications
Topic: Z AXIS Home Switch Upgrade
Replies: 12
Views: 5200

Re: Z AXIS Home Switch Upgrade

What kind of first-layer-height settings do you typically use ? I'm wondering if you are homing it super-close to the nozzle, and running razor thin first layers, and so extremely tiny differences in homing puts you between a proper first layer, and no first layer. Whereas I think most of us probabl...
by benavery
Wed Mar 25, 2015 3:13 am
Forum: Tech Support
Topic: Z-axis skipping at start of print.
Replies: 7
Views: 1446

Re: Z-axis skipping at start of print.

Perhaps check the lubrication of the z-axis leadscrew. It gets significantly more wear at the top last bit of the travel than anywhere else (unless every print you do is super-tall), so it might look nicely lubed upwhen you look at half-way up it - but the last little section perhaps not so much.
by benavery
Wed Mar 25, 2015 1:01 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: About MakerGear Video
Replies: 16
Views: 3157

Re: About MakerGear Video

If you are having a video crew come in to shoot some footage anyways - I'd suggest looking at what the [hopefully minimal] incremental cost it would be to also get them to put together some longer videos about some of the other things suggested - tours of the factory/assembly areas, overview of how ...