Archive for September 2013

Printing Some Gears and Solved the Glob


Managed to solve the weird glob issues I was having. It was due to the nozzle and heater block not being tight enough. After a few hours the filament starts to ooze out of the top and down the sides. This is the source of the glob. Fixed by tightening but only when hot end is hot!


K for Keira!


It worked! It needs a but of TLC to finish it nicely. The globs are still present and there are a lot of strings inside the block (see next picture). This is my first original 3D design.


I am pretty damn happy and it even connects with other Duplo’s!


First prints of the Ultimaker


The robot on the right was the first ever print by my new Ultimaker. This is the Ultimaker mascot and is used as a calibration piece. It came out amazingly well! I’m chuffed!


I then printed the octopus again (silver on the left) to compare with the one made on the makespace UP! printer (white on the right). Very pleased with the layer height and accuracy.

The only issues are that the printer seems to be extruding too much material resulting in a ‘glob’ (that’s a technical term :-P) of PLA.

Next up is a Duplo block replica with a K (for my daughter Keira) on top. In the image below I am printing just the K on the left to test this concept.


Unfortunately I had to leave for work before it finished so I will see how it looks later. Fingers crossed

Ultimaker Arrived!




Ultimaker On the Way

Just purchased an Ultimaker 3D printer (my 30th birthday present from family and myself 🙂 ). Currently waiting at DHL Gatwick sorting office.

I have been playing with the UP! 3D printer at MakeSpace and after a first try success on 3D printing I was hooked. The Ultimaker looks like the best intersection of price, quality and speed; and has a great community around it.

I have a good list of items to print from Thingiverse (see DannyG Profile) so will post them as I go.

First will be an assembly video, probably time lapse as it recommends setting aside 6 hours to build it :-S.