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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)

 

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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

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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

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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

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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…

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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!