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Re: Which 3D printer to buy...?
« Reply #50 on: September 13, 2023, 10:50:26 pm »

The printer will come with a model on the SD card ready to test it (used to be a cat of some sort for creality) and a small roll of test filament that will get you going. No need for computer for test print select the model on the printer display. Start basic and work up.


I find white and black most practical filament choices to start with, lots of makes and opinions, I never had any issues with the popular makes or even Amazon basics works well for me.


Keep opened filament in a bag with the silica gel it came with, most good rolls come in a resealable bag and with the gel.


The filament dryer is useful, but walk before you run itís another complication start basic.


And JohnG - youíre not supposed to agree with people on the internet are you?  ok2


Also using Cura slicer, prusa one is supposed to be good too but better the devil you know for me with Cura these days.
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Re: Which 3D printer to buy...?
« Reply #51 on: September 23, 2023, 02:21:25 pm »


1st Print in progress .... 
     https://youtu.be/zv_bZ7StMLU
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Re: Which 3D printer to buy...?
« Reply #52 on: September 23, 2023, 05:27:30 pm »


Well it finished! It didn't blow-up, burn the house down, print miles of spaghetti!

What do you guys think? Observations? Comments/ Advice?

     
 
           

               

           


 
 
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Re: Which 3D printer to buy...?
« Reply #53 on: September 23, 2023, 05:47:10 pm »

Note how you can scale in the slicing software before saving the gCode.
So you can print the same file in different sizes.
 Now maybe one of these...  :-)   
  https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?3108381-For-Those-of-you-with-3d-printers-Boat-Files 

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Re: Which 3D printer to buy...?
« Reply #54 on: September 23, 2023, 07:22:50 pm »

Print looks a bit stringy. What material, slicer/profile have you used?
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Re: Which 3D printer to buy...?
« Reply #55 on: September 23, 2023, 07:33:21 pm »

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Re: Which 3D printer to buy...?
« Reply #56 on: September 23, 2023, 07:43:30 pm »

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Re: Which 3D printer to buy...?
« Reply #57 on: September 23, 2023, 07:45:52 pm »

What slicer are you using. Cura?
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Re: Which 3D printer to buy...?
« Reply #58 on: September 23, 2023, 08:39:49 pm »

Might have trouble in getting even two channel RC into that Martin!

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Re: Which 3D printer to buy...?
« Reply #59 on: September 23, 2023, 09:06:03 pm »

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Re: Which 3D printer to buy...?
« Reply #60 on: September 23, 2023, 09:09:31 pm »

What slicer are you using. Cura?

Creality Slicer: "Creality Slicer is indeed based on Cura, but it's optimized for Creality printers."

I'm using it as it has the embedded config / profile or this printer, not many others have this printer yet....

 
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Re: Which 3D printer to buy...?
« Reply #61 on: September 23, 2023, 09:40:55 pm »

I must confess that I am conflicted about 3D printing on a personal basis. I do find it interesting in many ways for producing fittings and components and some of the professionally produced items such as warship fittings are just amazing in their degree of detail and would be difficult if not impossible to reproduce using traditional scratch building methods. I can fully understand why modellers choose to go down this route.

But at the moment I am building a traditional Greek Fishing boat using conventional modelling techniques with plank on frame, lots of rubbing down and use of filler. Having been much involved with computers before I retired it's just nice to use wood, glue, abrasive paper and constructional techniques which mimic the full size vessel. It's all 'organic' with no plastic, nylon or petrochemical materials involved. The hull is partially covered with gumstrip paper even!

I suppose it is literally what floats your boat really! There is room for everyone in the hobby.

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Re: Which 3D printer to buy...?
« Reply #62 on: September 24, 2023, 08:56:32 am »

to my way of thinking, a 3d printer is just another tool (a very versatile tool, but not the be all and end all of tools), so when i have something that cant be scratch built easily, then the 3d printer comes into use, and its generally for fittings and fixings that i use it, some I will take the time and effort needed to make them in brass on the lathe or mill, but others can more easily be made on the 3d printer, I actually enjoy both processes, as since I am a draughtsman, I get similar satisfaction in producing a 3d drawing of the part required for the printer that I do in machining the part on the lathe and mill, at the end of the day sometimes it comes down to whether I want the part in brass or plastic.
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Re: Which 3D printer to buy...?
« Reply #63 on: September 25, 2023, 12:04:30 pm »

The stringing at the top could be temperature related, what are you using to print at?


You can get test prints on thingiverse where it changes the temperature up a tower (using the G-Code) so you can see which ones are stringy, usually to hot, and adjust as needed.


Each filament brand seems to have a different sweet spot.
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Re: Which 3D printer to buy...?
« Reply #64 on: September 29, 2023, 07:47:15 pm »

I had mine Artillery X2 for a week now and im very happy with it especially the bed size and the auto leveling function, for almost a week since I got it has been working and also the price was good.


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Re: Which 3D printer to buy...?
« Reply #65 on: October 15, 2023, 02:17:53 am »


I've been mucking about with 3D printer a little bit now.... actually useful project .... this one didn't quite work,
 resigned the tolerances, reprinting now....





Last week's project, video light holder:
 


       
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Re: Which 3D printer to buy...?
« Reply #66 on: October 15, 2023, 03:10:25 am »


Not too bad!
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Re: Which 3D printer to buy...?
« Reply #67 on: October 22, 2023, 12:06:13 pm »


More Testing ....



                
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Re: Which 3D printer to buy...?
« Reply #68 on: October 22, 2023, 02:44:33 pm »

I use a Creality CR6SE with Cura slicer and running through a Raspberry Pi, Obicom and C720 Camera.  Filament is Esun PLA+.   I've done more with this printer than any other.   It has heated bed and auto levelling.   Only downside is the size of the bed, but then, what do you want to print?
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Re: Which 3D printer to buy...?
« Reply #69 on: October 22, 2023, 10:56:35 pm »

 
After much tinkering! ....



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Re: Which 3D printer to buy...?
« Reply #70 on: October 23, 2023, 06:34:37 am »

I am currently printing a battery box to convert my makita 12v drill battery (old style) from NiMH to 18650 lithium cells.
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