3D Printing: Update

 

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This is an intimidating box

My printing kit arrived late last week.  A medium sized box with a million pieces filled with hopes and dreams.  My schedule is a bit nuts so it took me all weekend to assemble in a couple of shifts.  I tend to be overly thorough so it may not take others as long.  Probably about 5-6 hours total for me.  I have heard that some have put it together in two.

Assembly wasn’t hard, directions were mostly decent, but the rapid changes that have occurred to this model through the public beta to production means that the documentation is not always updated in real time.

Yay!  I did it!  Ignore the bottle opener in the background, it was part of the required assembly tools.
Yay! I did it! Ignore the bottle opener in the background, it was part of the required assembly tools.

Configuration was a bit of a monster.  Once the printer is set up you need to get familiar with software and concepts that you have never seen before.  Behold the mysteries of extrusion length, loops and skirt & brim.  Thankfully Google exists and I was able to get myself up to speed with a little research.

I’ve burnt myself twice on the 200 degree extruder, made loud noises in frustration several times, assembled and disassembled the unit because I did something wrong.  When I finally printed a messy blob I could somewhat recognize I was elated.  If you have ever worked hard at learning a new piece of technology then you understand the relief and joy when you reach the point when something starts to match what your imagination promised.

My progress here won’t change the world, but I am happy to be a small part of it.

These are configuration prints.  Note the progression from Dali painting to somewhat accurate pyramid
These are configuration prints. Note the progression from Dali painting to somewhat accurate pyramid