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Post by ModernGnome on Fri Oct 16, 2015 9:48 pm


This was my first semi-successful large print. About a third of the way up, the filament jammed up for a moment -- I had the temperature slightly too low. (I find that 228C works best with this red PLA filament I bought from filaments.ca.)


This was my first test print of 0.1 mm layer height high res using a modded version of MakerWare 2.4.1.

And here is an update to "Touchscreen Bot", a project I'd posted earlier. It finally finished printing. :-)


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Post by Asphalt on Sat Oct 17, 2015 8:41 am

So you can connect to Root using makerbot software? Where is it available for download? How many pieces is that touchbot?

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Re: ModernGnome's prints

Post by ModernGnome on Sat Oct 17, 2015 11:35 pm

There is a now a MakerBot software how-to posted here in the Tips and Tricks thread entitled "Germinate Slicer Too Slow? Hack MakerWare for Root."

The Touchbot is 14 pieces, not including the piece of paper with the heart printed on it or the M3 bolts I'm using to hold the ears on. It's adapted from a project on Thingiverse called "Robot HORIKAWA style" (that has many more parts, including chest-doors, weapons, rollers on the feet, and so on).

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Re: ModernGnome's prints

Post by ModernGnome on Thu Oct 22, 2015 2:42 am

Here's a sample of Root printing with "SemiFlex" flexible filament. Printed at 230C, slow speed. After this photo was taken, I discovered that this material sticks well when printing directly to the Root's glass plate (with no tape or other additional adhesive). 

The Gecko DeskPal is http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:783748

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Post by Asphalt on Thu Oct 22, 2015 6:18 am

Now isnt he adorable. I see you are not using a raft. Is it a matter of metering Z higher? Whenever I try to go raftless I end up with a little stringball of floating filament.

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Re: ModernGnome's prints

Post by ModernGnome on Fri Oct 23, 2015 12:26 am

Yes, in moderation. When printing PLA, you don't want the nozzle so close to the bed that the extruder starts to make a "thunk thunk thunk" noise. If it just barely flattens the top of the hot filament as it is extruded (and the bed is well levelled), it will usually stick. But this SemiFlex stuff sticks without being compressed at all -- even to bare glass. That's what I am printing here.

Printing with the temp a little hotter and setting the print speed a little slower also helps PLA stick without a raft. Of course, some items with a small area of contact on the bed absolutely need a raft. I usually use a raft when printing items that need support, as well.

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Re: ModernGnome's prints

Post by ModernGnome on Wed Nov 18, 2015 6:09 am

Say hello to Maria from Fritz Lang's 1927 sci-fi classic Metropolis. She is printed from gold PLA in 14 pieces (so far). I'm working on a base that will light up. Several of these pieces are at near or at the full size of the Root's print area. Indeed, in a couple of cases, I had to rotate the clips to make room.


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Re: ModernGnome's prints

Post by gpiffle on Wed Nov 18, 2015 7:02 am

NICE. you can barely see the join lines.

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Re: ModernGnome's prints

Post by Asphalt on Wed Nov 18, 2015 9:45 am

very nice.

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Eiffel Tower (Simplified)

Post by ModernGnome on Wed Mar 23, 2016 12:02 am


This model came out surprisingly well, given its relatively small size. Sliced with Germinate and printed at slow speed at 200C with raft enabled and no supports.

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Post by gpiffle on Wed Mar 23, 2016 12:17 am

Very nice. I try to. Ot use rafts in Germinate, since they are wicked hard to remove safely.
My finger will be numb for many years to come from nerve damage.

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Post by ModernGnome on Wed Mar 23, 2016 12:25 am

I tried it at standard speed without raft first but that did not go well. :-)

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Re: ModernGnome's prints

Post by Asphalt on Sun Mar 27, 2016 11:17 am

I am jealous. Every time I try to print an eiffel tower for my daughter a leg comes off.

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Re: ModernGnome's prints

Post by ModernGnome on Sat Apr 02, 2016 10:39 pm

Generally, I find that Raft that will not come off a small flat surface (like the foot of the Eiffel Tower) easily is an indicator that the temp is higher than it needs to be. And things with small flat surfaces are pretty much the only things I need Raft for. The Eiffel Tower I printed was this one, by the way: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1276837

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Re: ModernGnome's prints

Post by Asphalt on Sun Apr 03, 2016 6:50 pm

If I ever get my machine running right again I will try it out.

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Re: ModernGnome's prints

Post by ModernGnome on Sat Jun 25, 2016 7:35 am


R2D2 by Muzz64, printed in Seacans White PLA on Root at 200C, slow speed, 10% fill, 0.20 resolution, thick shells and raft. Painted by me.

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