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Anet a8 upgrades : Adding Led Light to See Your Prints

What Anet A8 upgrades have you done?

Buying a 3d printer is exciting.

Putting together an Anet A8 can be frustrating but rewarding.

what are we prinitng
what are we prinitng?

Printing with it is brilliant.

But one problem is that you cannot see what you are printing! Continue reading Anet a8 upgrades : Adding Led Light to See Your Prints

Anet A8 problems – Are They Real?

Anet A8 3d printer – A fire hazard out of the box?Anet A8 problems : Anet A8 3d printer

There has been a lot of talk on the internet about the Anet A8 problems.

I disagree that it is in itself dangerous.

The Anet A8 printer has sold in its thousands and is continuing to sell.

There will always be problems selling a product in this quantity and due to the fact you put it together there is another factor at play.

I have one of these machines and at the moment it is working fine.

The areas that are of concern are :

  1. The power supply is not up to the job.

  2. The mosfets on the main board for the bed and nozzle are not up to the job.

  3. The connector for the heated bed is not up to the job.

  4. The frame is not up to the job.

With all of these known problems it is a wonder that it sell in the quantities it does! Continue reading Anet A8 problems – Are They Real?

Ups for a 3d Printer: Do you need one?

Why would you need a UPS for a 3d printer?

Why do you need a UPS for a 3d printer?

Let me describe the scenario…

You have spent a lot of time on your 3d printer, adding this and that mod, improving the quality and repeatability of your prints. So now you can slice a model and print it knowing that it will be as good as it can be.

Ok, now for the big one. The 100 hour print,the one you keep putting off knowing it will tie up your printer for over 4 days – but it will be worth it. Continue reading Ups for a 3d Printer: Do you need one?

How to smooth PLA prints

Smooth PLA prints – how to achieve them

Have you ever wondered how to smooth PLA prints – if so read on…

You have invested money into your printer, and time if you have built it yourself.

You have got to know how it works and are happy that you can download and print within its capabilities.

But some days you look at the prints and think why is there not a vapour bath for PLA as there is for ABS?

Well I’m not here to tell you there is a safe bath available for PLA, but that there is an easy way to get your models to look polished.

As most of you are aware the finish of your model will depend on the layer height you select when you slice it.

But as with most things there is a downside to picking the smallest layer height you can – time and lots of it.

You can quickly go up from an hour to 5 hours or more by going down in layer height. Continue reading How to smooth PLA prints

Where to place your 3d printer for the best results

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So you have bought yourself a 3d printer- excellent, now- where to place your 3d printer for the best results.

With the helpful hints in this post you can be sure that if you follow them you will get the best results from your 3d printer. Continue reading Where to place your 3d printer for the best results

3d printing ideas for students

3d printing ideas for students

Teaching students is an excellent career, you can use your skills to bring to life your subject – to get the student enthused in your area of expertise.

Being able to stand in front of a class of student and to try to keep 3d printing ideas for students: classroomtheir attention for more than 140 characters must be extremely difficult.

Nowadays you have an advantage, by using technology you can get your student engaged in their learning. Continue reading 3d printing ideas for students

3d Printer Anatomy : Introduction

Introduction to the 3d printing process

Most people buy a 3d printer, typically a FFF (fused filament fabrication type), after seeing something printed out professionally and after printing something themselves wonder what went wrong.  3d printer anatomy : printed ball

This is where the 3d printer anatomy series will help in understanding what the limitations are.

Their prints are stepped, often fail, have a lot of stringy bits and droopy bits.3d printer anatomy: stringy

Do they keep going?– only the inquisitive, the rest are up for sale on Craigslist,Gumtree or E-bay or in the attic along with the breadmaker, sandwich toaster and scalectrix. Continue reading 3d Printer Anatomy : Introduction

3d printer project ideas : How My 3d Printer Fixed A Car

Another post in the 3d printer project ideas series.

others include :

What would you use your 3d printer for?

3d printer project ideas : vw scirocco gtx

My partner has a 1985 vw scirocco gtx. Very nice model. She has just had a bit of work carried out on it to keep it going for a few more years.

It now looks very nice, but it developed a problem.

When started it revved to about 2000 rpm on idle and wouldn’t decrease.

3d printer project ideas : prusa i3

Read more to see how my Prusa i3 3d printer fixed a car… Continue reading 3d printer project ideas : How My 3d Printer Fixed A Car

My 3d Printer’s not Reading My SD Card: HELP

my 3d printer’s not reading my sd card – arghh what do I do?

The Problem

Have you had the same problem where my 3d printer’s not reading my SD card.

I put the card in and it says card inserted.My 3d Printer's not Reading My SD Card: card inserted

But no data is present when I go to the ‘print from SD card ‘ menu.

I know files are present and in G-code.

what do I do.

My 3d Printer's not Reading My SD Card: no card

Continue reading My 3d Printer’s not Reading My SD Card: HELP

How Much does 3d Printing Cost?

A lot of people when I tell them that I can 3d print items say ‘ that must be expensive to do!’

Now I don’t know whether that is due to the perceived newness of how much does 3d printing cost : printerthe technology or due to the fact that they know heat is involved so it must use a ton of electricity, but I would like to put down on paper the facts about how much does 3d printing cost. Continue reading How Much does 3d Printing Cost?