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

Okay, you’ve got your new printer all built, you’ve got a power supply hooked up, and maybe, if you’ve got an LCD controller, you’re basking in the blue glow of success.

Now what?

Maybe you’ve checked out Thingiverse, or one of the other sites where people can share their designs. YouTube has lots of examples . . . → Read More: Building and testing the Makerfarm Prusa i3 3d printer: The Software

Video Review of the Makerfarm 8" Prusa i3 3D printer

In addition to the written review I posted about the Makerfarm 8″ Prusa i3 3D printer, I made some videos in which I talk about the experience of building and using it. Here they are, in the order they were uploaded. I’ll most likely be keeping this post updated as I add more.

 

Here’s . . . → Read More: Video Review of the Makerfarm 8″ Prusa i3 3D printer

The art of the failed 3D print: Some happy accidents...

It will absolutely happen to you. Once you have built, bought, or otherwise acquired a 3D printer, it might even happen on your very first attempt to print something. You will have a failed print.

Most of the time, prints fail in decidedly uninteresting, mundane, and often downright boring ways. Maybe . . . → Read More: The art of the failed 3D print: Some happy accidents…

3D printing, the journey FINALLY begins!

I can remember very clearly the moment I decided I would be investing in a 3D printer. The January, 2010 issue of MAKE Magazine (probably my favorite magazine of all time) had just arrived, and I was reading it while on an overnight layover in Los Angeles. The cover story was on Makerbot Industries‘ Cupcake, . . . → Read More: 3D printing, the journey FINALLY begins!

New Patterson/Gimlin film images!

After a recent trip to NorCal with my daughter, I stumbled across some very interesting data that I hadn’t previously seen. Apparently, there was a SECOND camera present at the PG film event, and somehow, the footage from that camera has been lost (or, more likely HIDDEN) until now. Here are some of . . . → Read More: New Patterson/Gimlin film images!

Robomower part 12 - Things start breaking, and I'm famous!

It had to happen eventually. I have never been under any illusion that the Robomower would be, in fact, a a maintenance-free device. With all the rattling and shaking going on, something was bound to come loose. Just as I might have suspected, the first part to go was what I had always considered a . . . → Read More: Robomower part 12 – Things start breaking, and I’m famous!

Robomower part 11 - On motors and their control...

Something awful has happened to the Robomower! In an attempt to start getting my side yard under control for an upcoming patio project, the bot got high-centered on a dirt bump. The wheels were spinning frantically in a valiant attempt to un-stick themselves, but succeeded only in churning up a gigantic cloud of dust. Naturally, . . . → Read More: Robomower part 11 – On motors and their control…

Book Scanner 2: Basic design elements...

After some careful consideration, I’ve decided to just go ahead and start building something. I’ve got most of the stuff around, so If I have a serious change of heart, I’ll toss it and start over. After finding a couple of clamp lamps left over from a precious model railroading project that I abandoned, It . . . → Read More: Book Scanner 2: Basic design elements…

Book Scanner 1: Define the mission.

For the last several years I’ve been struggling with finding a method to get printed material into digital form. Of course, like everyone else, I’d much rather read books and magazines in their original paper format. That’s great, until you start spending more than a dozen days a month on the road. When that happens, . . . → Read More: Book Scanner 1: Define the mission.

Robomower Part 10: It all comes together!

It has now all come together! One last trip to radio shack to get some connectors, heating up the soldering gun to splice together some 24 volt wires and some ground wires, applying some Velcro, a few more wood screws, and I’ve got a lawn mower!

After the successful test of the mower motor controller, . . . → Read More: Robomower Part 10: It all comes together!