3D Printing thread

Discussion in 'Do It Yourself (DIY)' started by PurpleMonster, Apr 13, 2016.

  1. Rick Cavanaugh

    Rick Cavanaugh Member

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    TPU to TPE? TPU was a decent printing filament. TPE... it would print, but things had to be perfect. Still don't have alot of experience with TPE and I have printed a lot of filament. I printed the InMoov Robot this year.
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  2. morpheas

    morpheas Well-Known Member

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    Another thing to consider is that the true temperature might not be what the thermocouple is reading or better yet what the controller is interpreting it to be. Is this a DIY kit? Custom firmware like marlin? Reason I'm asking is that if it's custom firmware the constants might be off and true temperature could be different.

    Just a thought that came to mind...
     
  3. Zephrant

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    My printer is a Monoprice i3. Thanks for the tips, I'll double-check the temps with a heat gun tonight. Glad you can get it to work with a similar printer, gives me hope.
    The firmware limts me to 230c. I can change that, but the PTFE tube is supposed to melt if I go higher.

    I did buy a replacement hot end, but it's not plug and play. Either I did my research wrong, and got the wrong part, or I need some kind of an adapter to make it fit, as it won't fit or mount to the metal bracket that is stock.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01GDAZZ0A
     
  4. vinny110

    vinny110 Active Member Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    cool, how much did it cost?
     
  5. OnlyTono

    OnlyTono Member Partner Member 2018

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    That's a great hot end - i run that exact same one on 6 of the Monoprice MP Minis we are running - both V1 and V2 of hte MP Mini. It works really good for printing PETG. The stock hot end couldn't handle the PETG requrments both for temp and retraction settings.

    I say get it installed :)
     
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    sbash Not Just a Potato R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    Very handy. Mind sharing the stl files?
     
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  8. WesleyC

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    It is still not finalized. After trying it out in the reef tank, with the strong current and the floatiness of the 3D print, I need to make the legs dig deeper. Also I'm not too satisfy on how the feeder connecting to the under-sand-base. I want to change it to a twisting base. However, once my pair of dragonets moved to the main tank, they don't even care about the feeder any more. I have way too many pods and they've been hunting non-stop and they are fat like pigs! So now I don't have much incentive to improve the feeder further. Anyway, PM me and I'll send you the current version.
     
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  9. WesleyC

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    Here is the current version:

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    The top cover now is two pieces. You can use the 3D printed mesh filter, or sandwich it with any filtering material.

    The feeder container now connects to the feeding tube without interfering the top cover.

    The hooks that hook onto the feeder and the under-sand-base is a plug that you print separately. That is the part that I'm not too happy about.

    The legs are all separate as well. They are fiction fitted.
     
  10. Engloid

    Engloid Valuable Member VRJ Member

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    I made a similar thing a year or so ago. I took several pieces of eggcrate, stacked them and tied with zip ties. My goal was to stop so much swirling and allow a steady vertical rise. I'm interested in hearing if that was your goal and how it's working? I also wonder if those holes are clogging up.
     
  11. laverda

    laverda Active Member SCMAS Member

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    Interesting idea. What skimmer are you using it on? Would you share your file on it? I want to try something a little different, but think it might make a good starting point.
     
  12. Zephrant

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    I've always hated trying to tighten a nut on a bulkhead that is down at the bottom of an overflow box. This is a simple tool that lets you get a good grip on the nut, without having
    to use a pair of channel locks.


    Printed in about four hours, but I'll throw it my bulkhead box and use it whenever I need it. If you'd like one that is a different size, drop me a message and I'll make a file for you to print.

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    Files if you'd like to print your own:

    https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2689111
     
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  15. Zephrant

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    New grate for my sump. Printed in PETG, loving the look. A bit hairy, might hit it with the torch to burn off the fuzz.

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  16. laverda

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    Cool idea! Most people have the nut underneath the overflow, but still a great idea. It would be good to have a few different ones around. What size bulkhead was this one for? What is the distance across the flats as sadly not all bulkheads use the same size nuts or threads. I know I have 3 different nuts on different 1” bulkheads. I think all the ones on my tank are the same. I also have some 3/4” bulkheads on my current tank.
    I made a wrench out of 3 layers of acrylic scrap years ago for some 3/4” bulkheads. It worked great, but would not get in to the tigh areas. I also made one like yours by heating the end of a price of PVC and stretching it over a nut. Then letting it cool..
     
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  17. Fyveonit

    Fyveonit Active Member Build Thread Contributor Hub City Reef Club

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    Loving some of these builds!
     
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    Justfbilly Active Member Build Thread Contributor

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    I have been away from R2R for a while and just came across this thread. Very cool. I have been in the process of designing a small "Gyre" like Wave Maker that will be driven by a Maxijet power head. Its still in the design / testing stage. I have been using Tinkercad to design it and the limitations of the program are making it a slow process. Glad to see that there are others using their 3D printers for their reef applications!
     
  19. Fyveonit

    Fyveonit Active Member Build Thread Contributor Hub City Reef Club

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    I have a Bachelors in 3d and am more than happy to help you if you are stuck due to the limited software. I prefer to work in Maya / Zbrush. Don't want a cut or anything...maybe in on a beta test or a cool frag if I am helpful haha.

    Mainly just down to help see something neat get made
     
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  20. Zephrant

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    You are correct on the size- I made my first one 52mm, and that fit some of my 1" bulkheads, but not others. Oddly, it was a perfect fit for a 3/4" bulkhead too. I opened it up to 53mm, and it is working fine. But it's a parametric model, so I can change one dim and re-print to get another size.
     
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