Around about this time last year, I was making a start on upgrading my printer to use a five colour Diamond hot end, in preparation for the TCT show. The upgrade itself went fine but I had problems printing five coloured objects. Specifically, the scaled up version of Aria by Loubie that I’ve talked about […]
Following my extreme retraction torture tests, I decided to upgrade my printer from using E3D Titan extruders to BondTech BMGs (five of them). This was quite a major job for many reasons and because………..well, on the basis that a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video must be worth more, so in the […]
This was my original method for holding filament Essentially two lengths of 2020 vslot extrusion spanning the width of the printer. Cylindrical adaptors (printed parts) of about 45mm diameter with a square hole right through the middle and with flanges at one end, were slid over the rods. Filament was loaded by sliding the reels […]
While exploring other things I was looking closely at gcode files and it occurred to me that extruder moves can be really tiny. Of course it’s obvious but it’s not something that I had given much thought to. A 300mm move in X generally has an extrusion amount associated with it in the order of […]
Really short of time right now so this is the briefest of posts just to say that I managed to get the Christmas Pyramid finished. YouTube video here – skip to the last minute or so if you just want to see how it ended up.
Introduction. As readers of this blog will know, I use a Diamond mixing hot end. For retraction to work with a mixing hot end, it is necessary to retract all loaded filaments concurrently. If just a single filament is retracted, then all that happens is that molten filament is drawn from one or more of […]
I’m not sure if that’s the correct term for these things but a Google search brings them up. My wife and I have seen some amazing examples of these things in German Christmas shops. They can have pretty amazing price tags too! Traditionally, they are made of wood and decoratively painted. There is a central […]