New Toy in our LAB – 3D Printer
Updated 12 Dec 2014
Flashforge recently changed the design of the nozzle of their printer. The new nozzle is bigger. It is claimed that the new nozzle helps reduce clogged nozzle. Although, this may be true, the new nozzle also results in noticeably much poorer print quality. We regreted buying these new-nozzle-printers and would not recommend to anyone at all. It is time to find a new quality 3D printer.
We plan to use it to make enclosures for our electronic boards and other useful components.
Why this printer?
- High positive rating on Amazon.com (100+ 4.5 stars votes)
- Not too expensive
- Large user community (this printer is based on the original open source hardware Makerbot Replicator)
We printed the white structure for this image processing car navigation project.
The printing process.
1. Settings for white PLA
- Nozzle temperature: 210 deg C
- Platform temperature: 50 deg C
- Feed (Extruding)/Travel speed : 50/80 for great finish.
2. 45 degree inclination angle allows hanging part to be printable without support. A extremely useful technique.
3. Printing on vertical side (bottom to top) provide nicer finish than horizontal side (left to right).
4. Give a log of thought about how to print in layers from bottom to top, applying technique number 2 and 3 above together with dividing parts into smaller parts, and using interlocking mechanism can be help produce very nice looking finish job.
5. Transparent PLA seems to give better finish and tolerance than white PLA.
7. The MakerBot Replicator – Maintenance: Short video summary.
Interesting sample projects
Some projects that we do
Our collaboration with Saint John College team to make a robot arm controlled with FiO Boards.