Tag Archives: MakerGear

Construction concerns

Gary wrote a detailed comment to this post, in which he described his experiences and frustrations with the mechanical side of building his Prusa kit. Rather than respond with another comment, I thought I’d write a post, covering his points. … Continue reading

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Fixing negative volumes with netfabb

I’ve blogged before about using Netfabb to fix problems in STL files, especially when I’ve downloaded them from Thingiverse.com. Last night I had a problem that the desktop version of Netfabb wouldn’t fix. After spending some time searching for understanding, … Continue reading

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Retraction, Huh! What is it good for?

Retraction is the technique of sucking molten plastic back up into the heated extrusion nozzle of a 3D printer. Like squeezing the edges of a toothpaste tube to suck back in some of the toothpaste you accidentally squeezed out. The … Continue reading

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Getting your motors moving on a MakerGear Mendel Prusa

Here’s a quick and dirty guide to getting your motors working on a MakerGear Mendel Prusa 3D printer kit. I assume you: installed your arduino software installed the Pronterface printer control software installed your copy of MakerGear|Rick’s version of Sprinter, … Continue reading

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Essential tools for building a MakerGear Mendel Prusa kit

This is a list of tools I found invaluable (hey, I’ve no idea what your workshop situation is like – I hope this is not your first experience with nut and volts…)

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3D printing workflow and my modular raygun developments

I spent yesterday evening carefully adding to my raygun model in OpenSCAD. The image to the left is a screen capture. This morning I told my Mendel Prusa to print the model in clear PLA plastic. This is my first … Continue reading

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How to assemble a Heated Build Platform

When my first prints of my raygun prototype warped up from the print bed, I knew I was going to have to bite the bullet and build the heated build platform. Here is the result. RESULT! I’ll write about what … Continue reading

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