Parts that Fit Together: Trial and Error

I have designed some parts and printed them. They were mostly do-nothings, and a great start, but I wanted to build something with utility. My small little build area on my Makerbot has forced me to dream about parts that fit together to “grow” or span a...

Shop Class As Soulcraft

This is what I am reading right now…. I highly recommend it. From a guy that took machine shop, auto mechanics, auto body, welding, and electronics, the reality of the disappearance of shop class from the American high school is...

1st Meetup for NorCal Reprap Builders a Success!

We had a great first meetup! We printed on the MakerBot, got to know each other, discussed our goals and next months meeting. Already, we have electronics expertise, Arduino programming expertise, and more RepRap-relevant skills representing. Woot! We all had great...

3D Printing Meetup in Roseville, CA – 7PM

We are having our first meet up!!We will meet at the Precision For Collision classroom. Precision For Collision (Directions Link) 8845 Washington Blvd, Roseville, CA 95678 (Google Map Link) http://pfcequipment.com (Website Link) PFC (Meetup Location) PDF with Map More...

Belts and bushings arrive!

Parts arrive! That is what I call “Living in California”! I love being close to everything I need. And the quick turn around is nice. When the bearings arrive, we ride! Er, I mean – We...

Filament Spindle from Spare Parts

  I had leftover threaded rod and sub-par frame vertices, so I threw together a spindle based on this: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4337.   Makerbot sells a box for $95, but it sounded expensive for a box.  I think my solution will total less than $8 (at...

Belts, Bearings, Bushings and Beyond

In my quest to complete my 2nd 3D printer, an SAE Prusa Mendel, the locally sourced parts are coming together nicely.  But the parts I cannot buy locally are next up, and after much research, I have ordered a few things.

Prusa Medel SAE

MakerBot Cupcake begat Prusa Mendel… sounds about right in this strange world of 3D printers.  After a quick calibration of my Z platform (leveling so all 4 threaded rods aren’t fighting against each other), I was able to print my largest parts yet.  You...