Northern California RepRap / MakerBot Meetup Group!

I just started a Meetup.com group: RepRap / MakerBot Builders in Northern California! This group will bring actual people into the same room to discuss, learn and enjoy all things RepRap. The meetings are free and we will will start our group by deciding what we want...

Rare Air: Thingiverse.com and GitHub.com

Its clear to me now. I am a member of an obscure sub-culture of 3D printing geeks. At first, it was completely foreign – obscure websites and wikis… the “rare air” of the web. But now its feeling a bit like home. Sure things are either an...

MakerBLACK HOLE – ABS and TIME Down the Tube

Nothing is more discouraging than waiting over an hour for your beloved part to print and at the last minute… it FAILS!  I haven’t been able to figure out what is happening, but it appears to be consistent… the layers become misaligned and ruin the...

Printing From the SD Card

Success!  I have now printed a few parts from the SD card!  This is one of the nice features of the MakerBot electronics– you can print from a file that lives on an SD card plugged directly into the MakerBot. You load the file, insert the card, initiate the...

Prusa Mendel – My Next Print and Build

Here it is. This is the Mendel model that is gaining ground – it is a simpler build and has a lower count of printed parts. I have all the threaded rod and vitamins. I am making the SAE version, which means NOT Metric,...

Automated build platform

The build was pretty difficult due to the ridiculous size of the resistors and the belt itself. This will frustrate many. After I got it finished, it is just too wobbly and finicky. Lots o room for improvement here… Definitely a first generation part. I have...

WE HAVE DONE IT!! IT’S ALIIIIIVE!!!!

At long last, after a few frustrating moments (the extruder head crashing into the build platform several times – ouch!) we finally have a successful print. What was the first thing I printed? I tried a small, solid cube, but it revolted and slammed into the...