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February 08 2011

Cube Gears
Cube Gears. Designed in OpenSCAD by emmett (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:6073).

Printed on a Thing-O-matic with a stepper extruder.

January 28 2011

Catarina's Spur Gears
Printed on a Thing-O-matic with a Stepstruder MK6 prototype.


January 25 2011

George Hart's hyperboloid.
Printed on a Thing-o-matic with a stepper extruder and the reversal plugin to Skeingforge with default parameters.
This has not been cleaned. Printed for reference.

January 24 2011

mbotplate5 from Prusa Mendel
Test print using early reversal in the new, experimental reversal plugin to Skeinforge.
This is uncleaned - printed for reference.
Printed on a Thing-o-matic with a stepper extruder.

January 13 2011

Plastruder Mk5 alternative resistor mount
Hot soldering the wires to the resistors was messy. I think this alternative approach is a better solution. Use M2 screws and nuts, and a star washer to get a better grip on the wire.

April 05 2010


December 19 2009


June 13 2009

Temporarily attached CPU fan
Since the Makerbot prints significantly faster than our old CNC-based reprap setup and the firmware already has a command for turning cooling on and off (on=M106, off=M107), I taped on an old CPU fan to see if build quality improved.
Nophead's utility meter key with and without cooling
Build quality improvement by adding cooling.
The left object was printed with the default Makerbot setup (i.e. default layer size, feedrates, filament feed etc.) with no cooling.
The right one uses the exact same parameters, but with the cooling fan running during the entire print.
I was really amazed by the difference - I guess this setup will be permanent from now on :)

June 08 2009

Kali the Makerbot
Reposted bymetalabalphabetastera
Kali the Makerbot #1
Kali the Makerbot #2
Closeup of Metalab logo
Reposted bymetalabAndi
Kali - second print
Parameters tuned and our first test object came out quite nicely. Had to switch to black ABS for the occasion.
Kali - first print
Something went wrong with Skeinforge combined with wrong machines.xml settings for the V2.3 stepper motor drivers.
Makerbot #43 in progress
Twisted boxes in production
Zach went into mass production of twisted boxes as a giveaway for Maker Faire. The combination of black and white looks awesome.
New Makerbot X-Y carriage with old McWire carriage #2
The young are so bright and shiny, but the old one built from stainless steel and aluminum just chuckles at how brittle the young ones are today.
New Makerbot X-Y carriage with old McWire carriage #1
Old and young X-Y carriages meet for some cross-generational small talk.

June 06 2009

First extrusion!
After hours of debugging, culminating in finding an invisible solder bridge on the avr chip, we finally reached extrusion on our first extruder. The second one is being built as we speak.
Reposted byfinantifuchs
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