Wednesday, August 16, 2017

ANet E10 and Magigoo Review

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A lot of YouTubers seem to be slamming the Anet E10 for not being a CR-10. Maybe that's the fault of someone in marketing, but somehow I missed that hype so I never had the expectation that it was an CR-10. Taking it for what it is, the E10 is completely reasonable for the price. It's a little more than the A8, but requires a lot less assembly time and is about the same build area. It's honestly a solid machine. Not that I know that first hand, because it seems silly to assemble and test this printer, only to take it apart to send to the winner.

Magigoo, on the other hand, I have lots of first hand experience with, and I love the stuff. I have honestly stopped using hairspray in favor of this stuff, on all my 3D printers. I love it. And I'm not just saying that because the Magigoo guys sent me a sweet tie.
It really is a great product that lives up to it's promises and works to be worth the extra you pay for it.

I still seem to be a few spoons short for making YouTube videos, which is a shame, because I have a ton of them to do, but I'm trying to get caught up. This isn't paying like a full time job yet, but it's requiring a near full time effort to do well. Ah well, I'll get there.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Introducing the Beginner's Guide to the 3D Printing Galaxy

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Concerning the St. George Board Game Convention that I attended as a vendor, that was a wild ride. Even had one person recognize me from my videos on YouTube. I don't want to say too much about it because I will have more to say in a future video, except to mention that it was draining and left me with very little for making YouTube videos or anything else with.

However, I did get my book published, the Beginner's Guide to the 3D Printing Galaxy, just before the con, and promoted it there, and now I'm promoting it on YouTube. This is a book for beginners, anyone from "I've heard about 3D printing and I want to know more", to "I'm totally getting a 3D printer, but which one should I get", to "Now I've got a 3D printer, how do I use this darn thing?". It's the sort of book I wish I had access to before I started, and if you wish this book had been around when you started then the next time someone says "Man, that's really cool, I'd like to get into that" you can go "I know this guy who wrote this book, you should totally check it out" or even better, say "Tell you what, this book is cheap, let me buy you a copy."

You can check out the Beginner's Guide to the 3D Printing Galaxy on Amazon now.

Yes, this was totally saley.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The problem with functional parts

I've mentioned in the past that there is a defensible position when it comes to useless prints. Last week I replaced a friends e-break button for their '99 Saturn. Here's the thing. Unless you have a '99 Saturn that just happens to have a broken e-break button, this isn't going to excite you. On the other hand, if someone models Pickle Rick everyone is going to flip their lids. Because chances are better that you've seen a few episodes of Rick and Morty than that you have a '99 Saturn with a broken e-break button.
But you know what the best part is? The useful or the useless can coexist in 3D printing. There's enough room for everyone. So even if you don't have a '99 Saturn with a broken e-break button there's still something for you to enjoy there. So enjoy it. 3D printing is awesome.

Now, on a side note, this was my first model made completely in Fustion 360. I'm trying to branch out and I think this was a good one to practice with.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Who's got 2 thumbs and was on the 3DPrinterChat Podcast?

John Hauer, Interview

It was awesome to chat with Chris Garrett about 3D printing, Creative Commons, and Copyright law. Now, like I said in the podcast, I'm not a lawyer. But it is something that I have significant interest in, being both a design creator and a design seller.

However, legal discussion aside, I still think the best idea is to live by Wheaton's Law. Don't be a jerk. I remember listening to the PAX 07 keynote address by Wil Wheaton (warning, salty language) back in 07 immediately after it was delivered, and I would not be exaggerating to say, that hour changed my life. And while Wheaton was talking about it in the context of online gaming, it has been and can be applied to the world.

Don't be a jerk.

Add to that, this: Ignore the jerks that are giving you reason not to do great things. Yes, if someone is a jerk to you, it hurts. But if you let that fear stop you from doing something and sharing it with others then they win twice. Instead, if someone is going to rip you off then clearly they see  value in what you're doing, so maybe there's something worth pursuing there. You'll never know if you don't put yourself out there.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Anycubic Kossel Review

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One thing I forgot to mention in the review. This printer comes with a printed manual. Yup, no searching for the SD card and reading things on the computer screen, though that is possible. But that has been very valuable as I've had to adjust settings in the firmware. Mostly because I'm doing that a little at a time. You don't need to fix the DELTA_DIAGONAL_ROD setting until you're good and worried about precise prints, not a big deal if you're still working out getting the plate level. So, yeah, printed manual. Big plus.

But like I said in the review, if I  didn't already have a functional printer that can print some necessary parts to overcome the short comings of the fan shroud in the box, I would have had a bad time. But, it also taught me a few things and helped me get over a fear that, for whatever reason, I've had for a while.

I wanted to get this video out TODAY because I do want to keep a Wednesday upload schedule. So while I just put out the Simplify3D 4.0 video yesterday, I also recorded this video for upload today. However, I botched the recording, didn't get any sound, and had to rerecord the whole thing this morning. I've been up since 6 working on this. 6 hours it took me to film, edit, upload, annotate, and write this. I do not get paid well enough for this.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Simplify3D 4.0 New Features Video

The Simplify3D folks let me have an advanced copy of their 4.0 version and and NDA that has had me biting my tongue. But now the cat is out of the bag and I can share with you the cool things they've done.

Now, Simplify3D 4.0 isn't perfect, and the one bit of warning I have to tell you about.

First of all, after installing, in the menus hit Help-> Reset all Settings. A lot of the new settings don't carry over from old processes and will cause you a headache. It's not that big a deal to rebuild your processes, so go ahead and clear it.

Secondly, thin wall behavior isn't on by default. Edit the settings under the Advanced tab in the Advanced settings (confusing, I know) that I've pointed out in black below.
 Lastly, the setting that I'm pointing to in Red, Allow Perimeter Overlap %, you want to increase that if you're accustomed to walls and details that are less than 0.8mm thick not disappearing. Technically, a 0.4mm nozzle shouldn't be able to do anything smaller than a 0.8mm thick wall. However, most slicers overcome this by letting the lines overlap each other, to allow for details as small as 0.6mm. However this comes at a cost of accuracy since the walls will squish together. For me that's not a big deal. Apparently for the S3D guys that is unacceptable.

The problem is that if you're printing parts with high detail and you suddenly don't see the details you're accustomed to you may assume S3D can't do those details, but other slicers do, so you'll switch over to the other slicer, when there's no need. It's just a simple setting that needs to be adjusted.

There you go. Simplify3D 4.0 Awesome stuff.

Apologizes for the video quality at the start of this video. I had OBS still set for my streaming setup so the resolution was lower. During editing I realized this, but needed to get this out so I didn't do a full recording, but then I realize I forgot the thin wall stuff, so I also went back and fixed the resolution and added that section. Again, here at 3DPP LLC, Jankey is the word.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Wanhau Duplicator 6 Review

I went back in this video to recording the audio on my computer and the video on my camera, the syncing them up in post. This requires an additional effort on my part, but until I get the audio sync issues on my streaming setup, which you can see in last night twitch stream is going bonkers, worked out I'm going to have to do it this way.

I'm abusing this printer pretty solidly. Mostly my abuse is confined to the build tak. Still, I don't think I deserved this:
Near the tail end of a 20 hour print I go to bed because things are looking good and I wake up to this mess.
The filament is broken as well, and I don't know if that has anything to do with it, but I'm apparently going to spend some time at to figure out how to get this pritning again, because it absolutely refuses to work right now. So maybe I was a bit generous with my review, which was already struggling to find things to praise this machine about. (I may be a bit bitter this morning.)