Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Printing Again!!!

Now that my brothers wedding is over and I have caught up on things that fell to the side, I have had some time to start printing again.  Since I was having some trouble with PLA before and some luck with ABS I thought I would work with the ABS for a while and see how things were working before trying to figure the PLA out.  The part I tested on was something I have been thinking about since I got my new Droid X.  The speaker is on the back and it does not carry the sound to the front very well, also I thought it would be nice to have a stand for it.  So I designed a dual purpose stand/sound director. (my first useful, non-reprap related, design.)

Here you can see the inlet hole for the sound (lower left)
A test print to check the fit on the phone (you can see the sound path)
24min 40sec to print
My first test print (slot for phone was too small and I had a de-lamination toward the bottom)

As you can see I am currently printing very well with ABS.  I could tune it in a little better but I am pleased with the results (especially with no heated bed...)

I think I may print a few more parts with ABS then go back to PLA and see if I can work out the bugs.


  1. Are you running the reprap host software?

    I just finished building mine and all I have is ABS to print with. What settings are you using to print the ABS?


  2. I am using RepSnapper to slice and control my printer. For ABS I was running around 230-240C. (But I think my thermistor is off...) For layer thickness, extruded width, and feed speed it depends on your extruder and heater.


  3. What firmware are you running on your Mobo and extruder controller?
    Im currently running the reprap stock stuff. I find it a bit lacking.
    Im thinking of going to the makerbot/replicatorG firmware host software combo. Now that it supports stepper drive extruders and there is some documentation on do that.


  4. I am using official RepRap (an older version) with some minor tweaks from my friends at Metrix Create: Space.