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Posted 10/18/17 , edited 10/19/17
So this is my new hobby.

Honestly I find the technology facinating and the ultimate potential of it is huge.

Plus I imagine it could be Pretty handy for Coseplay too.



what you are looking at here are test cubes. A normal 20mm cube and a complex cube to test detail printing.

I am using a Built it yourself machine I got off Amazon for a little less than $400 Canadian.

It has taken me...I think 2 and a half months of weekends to put it together and fiddle with the software to get it to it's current state.

Those Cubes above may not look like much but they feel like a pretty huge achievement to me.


So is there anyone else interested in 3D printing or looking to get into it? IF you are already doing it what sort of things have you made or plan to make? What sort of machine do you have or are looking at getting?


and generally what sort of things about 3D printing do you think are cool



EX: Did you know there are some guys in Silicon Valley making 3D printed Milk?
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Posted 10/18/17 , edited 10/19/17
I have an ultimaker original, took me a weekend to assemble.

I use it to make my own designs.



After a while I really learned a lot about how to handle 3d printers. They're like little tips and tricks that took me a bit to figure out. Something I kept running into was jams, #1 tip, get good filament.
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robotechy wrote:

I have an ultimaker original, took me a weekend to assemble.

I use it to make my own designs.


After a while I really learned a lot about how to handle 3d printers. They're like little tips and tricks that took me a bit to figure out. Something I kept running into was jams, #1 tip, get good filament.


Ah....so that's what a real machine looks like

Mine looks....kind of....like that




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Greylurker wrote:


robotechy wrote:

I have an ultimaker original, took me a weekend to assemble.

I use it to make my own designs.


After a while I really learned a lot about how to handle 3d printers. They're like little tips and tricks that took me a bit to figure out. Something I kept running into was jams, #1 tip, get good filament.


Ah....so that's what a real machine looks like

Mine looks....kind of....like that






Nice, looks really cool. I think they're all real machines. If they work then it's all good imo.

I got the ultimaker because it's more stable so it doesn't wobble when the stepper motors are moving the extruder. Also it's micron resolution was nice.

*side note, your workbench/desk is soooo much cleaner than mine, its really nice.

We should make a 3d printers enthusiast group, there's not a lot of us on CR.
Posted 10/18/17 , edited 10/19/17
Ever 3D print an Onahole? Just wondering, thanks.
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Ever 3D print an Onahole? Just wondering, thanks.




Personally never thought of printing one. You'd have to use one of the flexible filaments like ninjaflex or something.
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Inner-Space wrote:

Ever 3D print an Onahole? Just wondering, thanks.


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probably not going to do that.

I was more going to use it for replacement parts for my blender and terrain for wargamming.

oh and a Godzilla cookie cutter for my nephew

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I heard that 3D printing fidget spinners was quite profitable recently.
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The problem with 3d printing is that it's not useful unless you're prototyping (that's what I use mine for) or model making.

It's also nice to have if you want quick fixes for things around the house.
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I have pondered getting into this hobby.
For the time being, I am unable to find any justification to purchasing a decent quality 3D printer or one that I can build on my own.
It is mostly due to the statements that robotechy mentioned; as a 3D printer is mostly useful for situations where you are attempting to get a visual thought conceptualized into the third dimension.
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I'll admit it's pretty much a hobby machine but I think the potential in the technology is considerable. Even with what I have I can kind of get around "planned obsolescence" of some machines (like my blender), saves me a bit of money in the long run and extends the life of my things a bit.

but in the long run, as the machines improve, I think you can expect to see a rise in a more home based economy. Order a pattern online and print it at home.

Heck I saw one machine that works with your Smartphone. You can literally text an object to a friend and they print it out.
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A couple of things I would do with a 3d printer:

A case to hold a lithium battery for a custom PSP battery. Ideally, it would also have a pair of hinges so that it can lock onto the top of the psp.

A lens filter ring/tube for a camera bellows

A medium format negative mask. It would hold a 220 film negative flat so that it can copied from a light box.

A skew sharpening jig. Would be designed specifically for left and right skewed chisels, and have only a fixed bevel angle.


These I think would be relatively simple to design, with some trial and error of course, but I can't justify the cost of purchasing one after I have finished those printing those four things.
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A couple of things I would do with a 3d printer:

A case to hold a lithium battery for a custom PSP battery. Ideally, it would also have a pair of hinges so that it can lock onto the top of the psp.

A lens filter ring/tube for a camera bellows

A medium format negative mask. It would hold a 220 film negative flat so that it can copied from a light box.

A skew sharpening jig. Would be designed specifically for left and right skewed chisels, and have only a fixed bevel angle.


These I think would be relatively simple to design, with some trial and error of course, but I can't justify the cost of purchasing one after I have finished those printing those four things.


It is possible to just Order something printed. My Surface comes with a primitive 3D modelling program but it includes a button that lets me send away the design to be Printed and then they mail you the object.

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Posted 10/20/17 , edited 10/20/17
Just recently picked up a second 3D printer.. I decided to go the pre-built route of a Robo3D R2, so it was more expensive, but I've been really pleased with the results thus far. I'm still working with Autodesk 123D Design because it makes sense to the way I design stuff, even if it is rather on the slow side (especially for vector rendering) and was discontinued.

I find it really useful for making costume props and toy accessories, which are fun to sell. I also occasionally print stuff that's just useful around the shop, camera mounts and stuff like that. Definitely think it makes the most sense if you're making your own models to print, but anyone who just wants a few items from Thingiverse or MyMiniFactory or something probably should go with an online printing service instead, cheaper that way unless you're going for a lot of printed items.
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Posted 10/20/17 , edited 10/20/17

Greylurker wrote:


ranran-001 wrote:

A couple of things I would do with a 3d printer:

A case to hold a lithium battery for a custom PSP battery. Ideally, it would also have a pair of hinges so that it can lock onto the top of the psp.

A lens filter ring/tube for a camera bellows

A medium format negative mask. It would hold a 220 film negative flat so that it can copied from a light box.

A skew sharpening jig. Would be designed specifically for left and right skewed chisels, and have only a fixed bevel angle.


These I think would be relatively simple to design, with some trial and error of course, but I can't justify the cost of purchasing one after I have finished those printing those four things.


It is possible to just Order something printed. My Surface comes with a primitive 3D modelling program but it includes a button that lets me send away the design to be Printed and then they mail you the object.



I just found an alternative. One of the library branches in my area has a 3d printer where I can reserve access to it. They supply the plastic and the computer. I would only have to make the file in advance and bring it on a flash drive.

One question I have is when it comes to printing the object, is the orientation or position going to affect how it prints? The object that I would like to print would be shaped to fit on the backside of a PSP, and I would like it to have two circle shaped notches that would fit into an accessory slot on the top side of the PSP slim.
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