3D PRINTING

JSJJ388

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I'm sure everyone is tired of me clogging up the random pic thread, so here's a thread for anything 3d printing. Post up prints or questions or whatever.

Here's a few of mine off the monoprice select mini v2.

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So, what are yall printing?
 

JSJJ388

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I've been trying to learn fusion 360. Shit is hard if you've never done CAD stuff
I just downloaded it tonight and am liking it so far. That said, ive been in 3d CAD programs for 10 years. Dang I feel old saying that.
 

RatLabGuy

You look like a monkey and smell like one too
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I've been trying to learn fusion 360. Shit is hard if you've never done CAD stuff
If you want to start with something really easy, try out TinkerCAD. Its pretty much made for kids.
I'll admit I use it all the time when I want to make up something really quick. We have students that design whole robots in it (although fusion etc is definitely way better)

I just downloaded it tonight and am liking it so far. That said, ive been in 3d CAD programs for 10 years. Dang I feel old saying that.

lolz. My firsrt taste of CAD was on a 486 ca.. 1994?.We upgraded to 8 megs of RAM ram to run AutoCAD.
 

JSJJ388

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If you want to start wit hsomething really easy, try out TinkerCAD. Its pretty much made for kids.
I'll admit I use it all teh time when I want to make up something really quick. We have students that design whole robots in it (although fusion etc is definitely way better)



lolz. My firsrt taste of CAD was on a 486 ca.. 1994?.We upgraded to 8 megs of RAM ram to run AutoCAD.
Yea, I started on autocad and solidworks in highschool. After Mr. Howell made us all learn how to draw on the board.
 

Futbalfantic

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Drawing then placing in CAD is way faster for me than designing in CAD solely. Auto works inventor here
 

Dawnpatrol

Jesse Higgins
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I'm using a Prusa Mini and couldn't be happier with it. I use Creo to model (its what I use for work). Attached are a few of my prints. Most of my prints lately have been for things around the garage and toys for my son.
 

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JSJJ388

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If any of you folks are used to solidworks, check out solidworks for makers. You can get solidworks premium for about 100 bucks a year.
Good to know. I started on solidworks and used it through school. Will look into if this gets serious.
 

No fries

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I'm using a Prusa Mini and couldn't be happier with it. I use Creo to model (its what I use for work). Attached are a few of my prints. Most of my prints lately have been for things around the garage and toys for my son.
Curious what is the cost of materials?
 

Scooter402

Ruffling feathers and shaking trees
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I've been trying to learn fusion 360. Shit is hard if you've never done CAD stuff
Truth. I learned SolidWorks in 2008 when I started college after I left the service. Worked on that for a while til I started working on Creo in 2017. Fusion 360 is just....weird.

This will be a cool thread to watch. I can't really show any of my prints for work, but if I find any random odds and ends that come off a printer I can post up. I've been rocking the shit out of our Form Labs Form 2 lately, since our Projet 6000 crapped out a few weeks ago. Just terminated the $12k/year service contract too..... now it needs a $30k laser installed. Great. The Form 2 is cool, LOTS of different materials to choose from. Rubber-like stuff, many different hard materials from flexible to rigid. I'd love to get us an SLS machine so we don't have to get overpriced ProtoCam stuff done.

Besides that, several of our designers have Ultimaker machines at home (since the covie crap started). I never got one at home, but I'm cool with using the Form 2.

Anyway.

waynes world party on GIF
 

Dawnpatrol

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Curious what is the cost of materials?
It depends on what material you want to print. Basic PLA material is not much. around 20$-25$ per kg spool, and a spool will last a while depending on the size of your prints. To put it in better context, the metric T-handle hex peg board organizer that I posted a pic of cost around $1.82 to print.
 

JSJJ388

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Curious what is the cost of materials?
A spool of PLA or ABS runs $20-25 on amazon. Matterccontrol (the slicer I use) gives a rough cost of each print.

Just saw the reply above.
 

Caver Dave

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My son bought a Creality Ender 3, which we've since blinged out with glass bed, metal feeds, BLTouch, upgraded proc/power supply...

Honestly, Fusion 360 kicked my arse, but stuck with it and made a decent "shade" for the SCT Livewire+ (can't see it well in bright sun and reflects off the windshield at night) after only the 3rd try! Mostly due to learning curve šŸ¤«

Worked great until summer temps warped the PLA... have some nice ABS+ filament for a redo, but son took the Ender back to NC to get "dialed in" on ABS and a few beer money jobs...

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DSM Turbos

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I got our kid a Creality Ender 3 V2 for xmas, they like to do cosplay stuff so I thought it would be fun and they have played with tinkercad a little in school last semester.

We have just been doing PLA so far.

Made a couple little things, made a lithiopane also. I want to build a few things for the garage, but been lazy. Really want to do some M18 tool hangers.
 

RatLabGuy

You look like a monkey and smell like one too
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Curious what is the cost of materials?
Very cheap.
Cheapest is PLA, but there's almost no reason to buy it when so called "PLA+" or "strong PLA" is only a tiny but more expensive and has better heat resistance, printing stability, UV resistance and stronger.
Going price for decent brand PLA+ is about $22-25 for a 1kg spool.
ABS, a much more common plastic (AKA legos) is about the same, slightly more.
Others like PTEG or TPU can push up to $30 for 1kg.

There are a lot of exotic or fancy variants of these, like that color changing thing I posted is ABS, I think it was $32 for 1kg. (FYI there are color changing PLAs too).

And note 1kg goes a long way. A typical widget like what @Dawnpatrol posted is probably in the range of 40-70 grams. Really big stuff may be 150. Biggest I've ever printed is 600 :laughing:

Now what ISN'T mentioned in the materials cost is the waste when dialing thing in. there's a lot of test prints of failed prints. And every mfr can be slightly different regarding the ideal temp or other extrusion settings.
 

Caver Dave

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Now what ISN'T mentioned in the materials cost is the waste when dialing thing in. there's a lot of test prints of failed prints.
And ciphering out the cause of these failures can sometimes be a rabbit hole... have a nice box of "fails". Some of the "production" folk recycle like waste (grind it up, heat, re-extrude back to filament)...
 

ghost

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Someone needs to reproduce the plastic latch in the jeep center console that is broken on every xj.
 

NCJeeplover

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One of my coworkers has one of these


After messing with it a little it really makes me want to pick one up to play with!
 

No fries

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Very cheap.
Cheapest is PLA, but there's almost no reason to buy it when so called "PLA+" or "strong PLA" is only a tiny but more expensive and has better heat resistance, printing stability, UV resistance and stronger.
Going price for decent brand PLA+ is about $22-25 for a 1kg spool.
ABS, a much more common plastic (AKA legos) is about the same, slightly more.
Others like PTEG or TPU can push up to $30 for 1kg.

There are a lot of exotic or fancy variants of these, like that color changing thing I posted is ABS, I think it was $32 for 1kg. (FYI there are color changing PLAs too).

And note 1kg goes a long way. A typical widget like what @Dawnpatrol posted is probably in the range of 40-70 grams. Really big stuff may be 150. Biggest I've ever printed is 600 :laughing:

Now what ISN'T mentioned in the materials cost is the waste when dialing thing in. there's a lot of test prints of failed prints. And every mfr can be slightly different regarding the ideal temp or other extrusion settings.
Sounds really cool and a bit of a rabbit hole, I'm sure I'd find all kinds of things to make. But I don't need another project (says my wife) & I tend to agree. Maybe need to find a "Friend" with one, send them the file then pay a little extra for wasted material and time, like a friend with a welder when you don't have one. Lol. I used to be in the plastic injection industry, almost 20 years ago. Never heard of PLA, I know all about PET, ABS etc. Guess used ones would be more trouble than it is worth.
 
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