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RepRap 101: The Toolbox

So you’re thinking about getting into 3D printing in general, and maybe you’re especially interested in one of the RepRap designs, or one of the many RepRap derivatives that have entered the market recently. Great!

You may be wondering what you’ll need to know, and what you’ll need to have in order to get started . . . → Read More: RepRap 101: The Toolbox

Auto bed-leveling for the Makerfarm Prusa i3 - Part 3: Final setup

Now that you’ve got the hardware assembled and Marlin enabled and installed, it’s time to put it all together:

The first thing you’ll want to do is set up your servo extend/retract angles.

Do that by sending the following command in Pronterface:

M280 P0 S160

This command is telling the printer to extend servo . . . → Read More: Auto bed-leveling for the Makerfarm Prusa i3 – Part 3: Final setup

Auto bed-leveling for the Makerfarm Prusa i3 - Part 1: Assembly and basic setup.

If there’s one task that has been most frustrating in operating a 3D printer, it has to be leveling the bed. Like any other task that involves making multiple adjustments, this one was tedious and time-consuming. Get one corner “Just right”, and another corner goes just a little out of adjustment, and you’re making another . . . → Read More: Auto bed-leveling for the Makerfarm Prusa i3 – Part 1: Assembly and basic setup.

Upgrading the Makerfarm Prusa i3 to a new version of Marlin:

So you’ve got your new Makerfarm Prusa i3 3D printer all set up, printing, and maybe even tuned so it’s singing just beautifully.

Now you hear there’s some new feature of the Marlin firmware that isn’t implemented on the version you’ve got installed. Can you just download the new version, flash it to your printer . . . → Read More: Upgrading the Makerfarm Prusa i3 to a new version of Marlin:

Auto bed-leveling for the Makerfarm Prusa i3 - Part 2: Setting up Marlin

(I’m assuming that you have already downloaded and set up the current version of Marlin to work with your printer. This post is ONLY about getting the auto bed-leveling functions active. If you need help getting Marlin ready, check out this post: Upgrading the Makerfarm Prusa i3 to a new version of Marlin)

 

There . . . → Read More: Auto bed-leveling for the Makerfarm Prusa i3 – Part 2: Setting up Marlin

AluhotendV4 review part 1 - Unboxing, basic setup, and initial impressions

If you saw my earlier review of the Magma hotend, you know I found it a little disappointing. Shortly after publishing that video review, I found out about the 3D Industries AluhotendV4. On the face of it, it seemed to be a nicely balanced compromise between the durablity (indestructibility?) of an all-metal hotend with the . . . → Read More: AluhotendV4 review part 1 – Unboxing, basic setup, and initial impressions

The Atari 2600 Raspberry Pi Case:

Here is a little thing I made.

 

Thingiverse – Atari 2600 Raspberry Pi Case

And here are some pictures:

This was a really fun project that taught me a lot about using OpenSCAD. In particular, I learned a lot about getting real-world measurements into the CAD environment (if anyone has any tricks . . . → Read More: The Atari 2600 Raspberry Pi Case:

New manual bed-leveling mod for the Makerfarm Prusa i3.

(Right after I finished this mod, I looked online and discovered that Colin at Makerfarm is actually selling a kit to do exactly what I have done. You may have all the necessary parts lying around your shop – I did!)

One thing that has always bugged me about the Prusa i3 design is the . . . → Read More: New manual bed-leveling mod for the Makerfarm Prusa i3.

3D Printing - The Prusa I3 - Arrival and unboxing

After a great deal of market research, I decided that my first 3D printer would be a RepRap Mendel, specifically a Prusa I3.

One of the best parts, in my opinion, about building a RepRap is that there really is no “Standard” model. Most kits are based on one person’s individual “build”, and . . . → Read More: 3D Printing – The Prusa I3 – Arrival and unboxing.

Building and testing the Makerfarm Prusa i3 3d printer: The Build

My original idea was to write a nice, big, detailed build log for the Makerfarm Prusa i3 printer. The problem was, the notes I was keeping took about as long to write as the actual build did, so I didn’t really see the point in writing up a big post that pretty much went like:

. . . → Read More: Building and testing the Makerfarm Prusa i3 3d printer: The Build