3D Printing

Posted on January 14, 2021 in 3d printing by KG2V
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Many years ago (2012?), I bought my first 3d printer at Maker Faire NY. Made lots of mistakes. The hot end I bought would only work with ABS (as PLA was JUST starting to become common) Needless to say, lots of issues with warping prints etc.

Last year, I finally installed a new hotend I had bought a few years ago, and by golly, it worked. Printed almost 2 Kg of ear savers during March and April. A few months ago, despite all it’s issues, I went to upgrade to silent stepper drivers, plugged one in backwards, and toasted the RAMPS board AND the Mega. Sigh.

I decided to bite the bullet, and I bought a new printer. An Ender 3 Pro. It has worked great. Build an enclosure for it. Obviously PLA prints great, and usually PETG does too (sometimes I just can’t get a print to stick, but that is normal). Added a BLTouch, and I’m having a great time with it. Have not tried ABS, as I understand it prints right around the temperature the PETG Bowden tube melts. Maybe I’ll upgrade to an all metal hotend (and direct drive extruder)

Nice adjunct to my small CNC Mill and all the manual machines I have

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