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My name is Kevin.  I am glad to see a move for a makerspace in Rochester.  Comes along at just the right time too(had been discussing with some friends that we should start one if we can't find one :) .  I work as a computer tech by day.  I am a long time chainmaille artist who has also done bookbinding, origami, and paper craft for years.  I have helped with cosplay and props over the years.  I even had a blast with some arduinos a few years back for a few projects.  Most recent obsession is 3d printing with a nice new Printrbot+. I also have a ton of experience with electronic paper cutters such as the craft robo.

Let me know if there is anything that I can help with.

 

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Hi Kevin,

Our long overdue Solidoodle 3D printer is suppose to arrive in 2 or 3 weeks and this time I think they mean it.  When it does we're going to need someone who is willing to teach others how to use it. 

Also, I think we just ordered one reel of filament and I'd like to order some more ASAP so we don't run out.  Can you recommend a vendor?  We also have to figure out an easy and fair way to charge people for the amount of filament they use. 

I'd like to hear more about your Printrbot+ because I think we will soon be wanting to build or buy an additional 3D printer.

We're also looking for someone to teach a basic Arduino class and I'm sure we'll have people who would like to learn some of your other skills.

And we need people who can inspire others to start making something. I sense a lot of people like the idea of a makerspace but they don't have something they want to do.  So IMHO, I think we should give them opportunities to help work on some interesting group projects.

If none of those things interest you we have a large assortment of organizational, administrative and managerial type tasks you can help with. laugh

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Kevin, welcome!

Me and you are going to have to talk. I'm interested in building a high-res 3D printer based on the DLP projection method. 

Thanks for joining our group, I look forward to meeting with you soon.

November 19, 2012
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I would love to teach how to use this new tech.  I have rapidly learned that it is not as easy as just hitting print, and have picked up a quite few best practices.

Did you get ABS or PLA and how much did you get(usually measured by weight)?  It would not be a bad idea to charge by weight of the finished print including support and whatnot.  This would give a good estimate of remaining material, be a fair way to price, and give a good warning of when to order more.  Another thing to think of is the amount of time it takes to print.  My typical print job lasts from 1 – 8 hours depending on what I am printing and the quality.  I haven't even got into some of the larger prints I want to do since I am still calibrating everything.

The printrbot+ is Great!  I am still tweaking it since it is a kit form printer.  I am currently looking for a different sheet of glass for it.  The build volume is great (8"^3) and the assembly went pretty smoothly.  It is not a printer I would want to move around a lot though.  You would need to build a case for it if you wanted to move it easily.

As for the Arduino, I love the thing and am good with basic coding for it, but my knowledge of electronics is minimal and I probably am not the best resource for it… although I'll help if I can.

As for DLP printing, there are some good finished products and kits coming/available that make it an easy entry place now, but it still has the drawback of resin cost. Even if you built one from scratch that is the weakest link.  Not saying don't go for, just be aware that resin is expensive and not as easy to come by.  That being said, the print quality is amazing, although I do not know about the strength of the parts.

BTW, I applaud you for having a project you want to do.  As was said above, often people love the concept of making things and fail to have any concrete goals to work toward.  That's one of the reason for all of the friendly makerspace competitions as well as maker sites competitions….to give people a goal to work toward while learning new skills.  Let me know if there is anything I can do to help with your printer….say for example learning how to print any parts needed on that new solidoodle or a printrbot+ :)

 

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We bought a 2-pound reel of black 1.75mm ABS filament with our 3D printer for $43.  Yesterday I found 2.2-pound reels (1 kg) of ABS in a wide variety of colors on Amazon for $31 with free shipping.  That seems like a very good price and the reviews are good so I want to order at least a couple of reels within the next day or two.  I'd like to know what you think and what colors you think we should get.

  http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=bl…..e=16310091

I've heard PLA melts at a lower temp and emits less smell and fumes when it does.  But otherwise I know nothing about it, why we should buy some, or where we should get it.

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Sorry for not responding right away, I have been having some health issues(actually going in for surgery tomorrow morning to hopefully resolve it all).  That filament looks ok, the only thing I can say is that sometimes there is too much moisture in the filament or it is inconsistent diameter or oval and not round(all are less than ideal).  The good reviews leave me hopeful that it is worth it.  I would say get it, only way to find out is to get some and if it is good you know you have a good source.  As for colors, I have been using natural and red.  Black, red, and blue tend to be fun to play with.  Be aware that different colors tend to have to use slightly different settings, so I would stick with just one while first playing around and getting everything calibrated.

Hows the order with the solidoodle?

I'll get back in touch after surgery(hopefully :) .

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I hope the surgery goes well and you have a quick recovery.

Our Solidoodle 3D printer is suppose to be delivered this Monday. It won't be until at least Thursday night, but I'd like to get a small group together at my house next week to check it out and start learning how to use it. I'd also like to start creating user guides / training materials and figure out how we're going to allocate time to use it and how we're going to charge for filament. And I think we need to start thinking about buying or building a second 3D printer.

It seems to me that 3D modeling / CAD and 3D printing go hand-in-hand. We've had a couple of people offer to teach it so we need to try and get some classes going ASAP.

I ordered the Solidoodle with a reel of black filament. I also bought a reel of white from the Amazon vendor I mentioned earlier. I was going to order additional colors but I thought we I thought we should try out their filament first.

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Kevin,

Thank you for coming to Tuesday's meeting, getting our 3D printer going, and picking a great object to demonstrate it with. You're great and I hope you'll teach some classes for us soon.

I don't have a lot of room and I don't know when, but I'd like to soon invite you and others who are interested, to come over to my house to use it and maybe play with some other toys (Raspberry Pi, Arduinos, the tricopter Wyatt and I are building, a CNC mill, etc…)

That's all for now.  I've got to run. 

Rob

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I would be happy to hang out, let me know!  Sorry for the slow response, the past two weeks have been crazy.  I am actually printing something right now, haha.  I also got that arduino project I was telling you about working just in time.

 

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My name is Kevin.  I am glad to see a move for a makerspace in Rochester.  Comes along at just the right time too(had been discussing with some friends that we should start one if we can’t find one :) .  I work as a computer tech by day.  I am a long time chainmaille artist who has also done bookbinding, origami, and paper craft for years.  I have helped with cosplay and props over the years.  I even had a blast with some arduinos a few years back for a few projects.  Most recent obsession is 3d printing with a nice new Printrbot+. I also have a ton of experience with electronic paper cutters such as the craft robo.

Let me know if there is anything that I can help with.

 

-Kevin

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Hi Kevin,

Our long overdue Solidoodle 3D printer is suppose to arrive in 2 or 3 weeks and this time I think they mean it.  When it does we’re going to need someone who is willing to teach others how to use it. 

Also, I think we just ordered one reel of filament and I’d like to order some more ASAP so we don’t run out.  Can you recommend a vendor?  We also have to figure out an easy and fair way to charge people for the amount of filament they use. 

I’d like to hear more about your Printrbot+ because I think we will soon be wanting to build or buy an additional 3D printer.

We’re also looking for someone to teach a basic Arduino class and I’m sure we’ll have people who would like to learn some of your other skills.

And we need people who can inspire others to start making something. I sense a lot of people like the idea of a makerspace but they don’t have something they want to do.  So IMHO, I think we should give them opportunities to help work on some interesting group projects.

If none of those things interest you we have a large assortment of organizational, administrative and managerial type tasks you can help with. laugh

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Kevin, welcome!

Me and you are going to have to talk. I’m interested in building a high-res 3D printer based on the DLP projection method. 

Thanks for joining our group, I look forward to meeting with you soon.

November 19, 2012
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I would love to teach how to use this new tech.  I have rapidly learned that it is not as easy as just hitting print, and have picked up a quite few best practices.

Did you get ABS or PLA and how much did you get(usually measured by weight)?  It would not be a bad idea to charge by weight of the finished print including support and whatnot.  This would give a good estimate of remaining material, be a fair way to price, and give a good warning of when to order more.  Another thing to think of is the amount of time it takes to print.  My typical print job lasts from 1 – 8 hours depending on what I am printing and the quality.  I haven’t even got into some of the larger prints I want to do since I am still calibrating everything.

The printrbot+ is Great!  I am still tweaking it since it is a kit form printer.  I am currently looking for a different sheet of glass for it.  The build volume is great (8″^3) and the assembly went pretty smoothly.  It is not a printer I would want to move around a lot though.  You would need to build a case for it if you wanted to move it easily.

As for the Arduino, I love the thing and am good with basic coding for it, but my knowledge of electronics is minimal and I probably am not the best resource for it… although I’ll help if I can.

As for DLP printing, there are some good finished products and kits coming/available that make it an easy entry place now, but it still has the drawback of resin cost. Even if you built one from scratch that is the weakest link.  Not saying don’t go for, just be aware that resin is expensive and not as easy to come by.  That being said, the print quality is amazing, although I do not know about the strength of the parts.

BTW, I applaud you for having a project you want to do.  As was said above, often people love the concept of making things and fail to have any concrete goals to work toward.  That’s one of the reason for all of the friendly makerspace competitions as well as maker sites competitions….to give people a goal to work toward while learning new skills.  Let me know if there is anything I can do to help with your printer….say for example learning how to print any parts needed on that new solidoodle or a printrbot+ :)

 

-Kevin

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We bought a 2-pound reel of black 1.75mm ABS filament with our 3D printer for $43.  Yesterday I found 2.2-pound reels (1 kg) of ABS in a wide variety of colors on Amazon for $31 with free shipping.  That seems like a very good price and the reviews are good so I want to order at least a couple of reels within the next day or two.  I’d like to know what you think and what colors you think we should get.

  http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=bl…..e=16310091

I’ve heard PLA melts at a lower temp and emits less smell and fumes when it does.  But otherwise I know nothing about it, why we should buy some, or where we should get it.

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Sorry for not responding right away, I have been having some health issues(actually going in for surgery tomorrow morning to hopefully resolve it all).  That filament looks ok, the only thing I can say is that sometimes there is too much moisture in the filament or it is inconsistent diameter or oval and not round(all are less than ideal).  The good reviews leave me hopeful that it is worth it.  I would say get it, only way to find out is to get some and if it is good you know you have a good source.  As for colors, I have been using natural and red.  Black, red, and blue tend to be fun to play with.  Be aware that different colors tend to have to use slightly different settings, so I would stick with just one while first playing around and getting everything calibrated.

Hows the order with the solidoodle?

I’ll get back in touch after surgery(hopefully :) .

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I hope the surgery goes well and you have a quick recovery.

Our Solidoodle 3D printer is suppose to be delivered this Monday. It won’t be until at least Thursday night, but I’d like to get a small group together at my house next week to check it out and start learning how to use it. I’d also like to start creating user guides / training materials and figure out how we’re going to allocate time to use it and how we’re going to charge for filament. And I think we need to start thinking about buying or building a second 3D printer.

It seems to me that 3D modeling / CAD and 3D printing go hand-in-hand. We’ve had a couple of people offer to teach it so we need to try and get some classes going ASAP.

I ordered the Solidoodle with a reel of black filament. I also bought a reel of white from the Amazon vendor I mentioned earlier. I was going to order additional colors but I thought we I thought we should try out their filament first.

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Kevin,

Thank you for coming to Tuesday’s meeting, getting our 3D printer going, and picking a great object to demonstrate it with. You’re great and I hope you’ll teach some classes for us soon.

I don’t have a lot of room and I don’t know when, but I’d like to soon invite you and others who are interested, to come over to my house to use it and maybe play with some other toys (Raspberry Pi, Arduinos, the tricopter Wyatt and I are building, a CNC mill, etc…)

That’s all for now.  I’ve got to run. 

Rob

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I would be happy to hang out, let me know!  Sorry for the slow response, the past two weeks have been crazy.  I am actually printing something right now, haha.  I also got that arduino project I was telling you about working just in time.

 

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My name is Kevin.  I am glad to see a move for a makerspace in Rochester.  Comes along at just the right time too(had been discussing with some friends that we should start one if we can’t find one :) .  I work as a computer tech by day.  I am a long time chainmaille artist who has also done bookbinding, origami, and paper craft for years.  I have helped with cosplay and props over the years.  I even had a blast with some arduinos a few years back for a few projects.  Most recent obsession is 3d printing with a nice new Printrbot+. I also have a ton of experience with electronic paper cutters such as the craft robo.

Let me know if there is anything that I can help with.

 

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Hi Kevin,

Our long overdue Solidoodle 3D printer is suppose to arrive in 2 or 3 weeks and this time I think they mean it.  When it does we’re going to need someone who is willing to teach others how to use it. 

Also, I think we just ordered one reel of filament and I’d like to order some more ASAP so we don’t run out.  Can you recommend a vendor?  We also have to figure out an easy and fair way to charge people for the amount of filament they use. 

I’d like to hear more about your Printrbot+ because I think we will soon be wanting to build or buy an additional 3D printer.

We’re also looking for someone to teach a basic Arduino class and I’m sure we’ll have people who would like to learn some of your other skills.

And we need people who can inspire others to start making something. I sense a lot of people like the idea of a makerspace but they don’t have something they want to do.  So IMHO, I think we should give them opportunities to help work on some interesting group projects.

If none of those things interest you we have a large assortment of organizational, administrative and managerial type tasks you can help with. laugh

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Kevin, welcome!

Me and you are going to have to talk. I’m interested in building a high-res 3D printer based on the DLP projection method. 

Thanks for joining our group, I look forward to meeting with you soon.

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I would love to teach how to use this new tech.  I have rapidly learned that it is not as easy as just hitting print, and have picked up a quite few best practices.

Did you get ABS or PLA and how much did you get(usually measured by weight)?  It would not be a bad idea to charge by weight of the finished print including support and whatnot.  This would give a good estimate of remaining material, be a fair way to price, and give a good warning of when to order more.  Another thing to think of is the amount of time it takes to print.  My typical print job lasts from 1 – 8 hours depending on what I am printing and the quality.  I haven’t even got into some of the larger prints I want to do since I am still calibrating everything.

The printrbot+ is Great!  I am still tweaking it since it is a kit form printer.  I am currently looking for a different sheet of glass for it.  The build volume is great (8″^3) and the assembly went pretty smoothly.  It is not a printer I would want to move around a lot though.  You would need to build a case for it if you wanted to move it easily.

As for the Arduino, I love the thing and am good with basic coding for it, but my knowledge of electronics is minimal and I probably am not the best resource for it… although I’ll help if I can.

As for DLP printing, there are some good finished products and kits coming/available that make it an easy entry place now, but it still has the drawback of resin cost. Even if you built one from scratch that is the weakest link.  Not saying don’t go for, just be aware that resin is expensive and not as easy to come by.  That being said, the print quality is amazing, although I do not know about the strength of the parts.

BTW, I applaud you for having a project you want to do.  As was said above, often people love the concept of making things and fail to have any concrete goals to work toward.  That’s one of the reason for all of the friendly makerspace competitions as well as maker sites competitions….to give people a goal to work toward while learning new skills.  Let me know if there is anything I can do to help with your printer….say for example learning how to print any parts needed on that new solidoodle or a printrbot+ :)

 

-Kevin

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We bought a 2-pound reel of black 1.75mm ABS filament with our 3D printer for $43.  Yesterday I found 2.2-pound reels (1 kg) of ABS in a wide variety of colors on Amazon for $31 with free shipping.  That seems like a very good price and the reviews are good so I want to order at least a couple of reels within the next day or two.  I’d like to know what you think and what colors you think we should get.

  http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=bl…..e=16310091

I’ve heard PLA melts at a lower temp and emits less smell and fumes when it does.  But otherwise I know nothing about it, why we should buy some, or where we should get it.

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Sorry for not responding right away, I have been having some health issues(actually going in for surgery tomorrow morning to hopefully resolve it all).  That filament looks ok, the only thing I can say is that sometimes there is too much moisture in the filament or it is inconsistent diameter or oval and not round(all are less than ideal).  The good reviews leave me hopeful that it is worth it.  I would say get it, only way to find out is to get some and if it is good you know you have a good source.  As for colors, I have been using natural and red.  Black, red, and blue tend to be fun to play with.  Be aware that different colors tend to have to use slightly different settings, so I would stick with just one while first playing around and getting everything calibrated.

Hows the order with the solidoodle?

I’ll get back in touch after surgery(hopefully :) .

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I hope the surgery goes well and you have a quick recovery.

Our Solidoodle 3D printer is suppose to be delivered this Monday. It won’t be until at least Thursday night, but I’d like to get a small group together at my house next week to check it out and start learning how to use it. I’d also like to start creating user guides / training materials and figure out how we’re going to allocate time to use it and how we’re going to charge for filament. And I think we need to start thinking about buying or building a second 3D printer.

It seems to me that 3D modeling / CAD and 3D printing go hand-in-hand. We’ve had a couple of people offer to teach it so we need to try and get some classes going ASAP.

I ordered the Solidoodle with a reel of black filament. I also bought a reel of white from the Amazon vendor I mentioned earlier. I was going to order additional colors but I thought we I thought we should try out their filament first.

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Kevin,

Thank you for coming to Tuesday’s meeting, getting our 3D printer going, and picking a great object to demonstrate it with. You’re great and I hope you’ll teach some classes for us soon.

I don’t have a lot of room and I don’t know when, but I’d like to soon invite you and others who are interested, to come over to my house to use it and maybe play with some other toys (Raspberry Pi, Arduinos, the tricopter Wyatt and I are building, a CNC mill, etc…)

That’s all for now.  I’ve got to run. 

Rob

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I would be happy to hang out, let me know!  Sorry for the slow response, the past two weeks have been crazy.  I am actually printing something right now, haha.  I also got that arduino project I was telling you about working just in time.

 

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November 12, 2012
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My name is Kevin.  I am glad to see a move for a makerspace in Rochester.  Comes along at just the right time too(had been discussing with some friends that we should start one if we can’t find one :) .  I work as a computer tech by day.  I am a long time chainmaille artist who has also done bookbinding, origami, and paper craft for years.  I have helped with cosplay and props over the years.  I even had a blast with some arduinos a few years back for a few projects.  Most recent obsession is 3d printing with a nice new Printrbot+. I also have a ton of experience with electronic paper cutters such as the craft robo.

Let me know if there is anything that I can help with.

 

-Kevin

November 18, 2012
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Hi Kevin,

Our long overdue Solidoodle 3D printer is suppose to arrive in 2 or 3 weeks and this time I think they mean it.  When it does we’re going to need someone who is willing to teach others how to use it. 

Also, I think we just ordered one reel of filament and I’d like to order some more ASAP so we don’t run out.  Can you recommend a vendor?  We also have to figure out an easy and fair way to charge people for the amount of filament they use. 

I’d like to hear more about your Printrbot+ because I think we will soon be wanting to build or buy an additional 3D printer.

We’re also looking for someone to teach a basic Arduino class and I’m sure we’ll have people who would like to learn some of your other skills.

And we need people who can inspire others to start making something. I sense a lot of people like the idea of a makerspace but they don’t have something they want to do.  So IMHO, I think we should give them opportunities to help work on some interesting group projects.

If none of those things interest you we have a large assortment of organizational, administrative and managerial type tasks you can help with. laugh

November 18, 2012
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Kevin, welcome!

Me and you are going to have to talk. I’m interested in building a high-res 3D printer based on the DLP projection method. 

Thanks for joining our group, I look forward to meeting with you soon.

November 19, 2012
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I would love to teach how to use this new tech.  I have rapidly learned that it is not as easy as just hitting print, and have picked up a quite few best practices.

Did you get ABS or PLA and how much did you get(usually measured by weight)?  It would not be a bad idea to charge by weight of the finished print including support and whatnot.  This would give a good estimate of remaining material, be a fair way to price, and give a good warning of when to order more.  Another thing to think of is the amount of time it takes to print.  My typical print job lasts from 1 – 8 hours depending on what I am printing and the quality.  I haven’t even got into some of the larger prints I want to do since I am still calibrating everything.

The printrbot+ is Great!  I am still tweaking it since it is a kit form printer.  I am currently looking for a different sheet of glass for it.  The build volume is great (8″^3) and the assembly went pretty smoothly.  It is not a printer I would want to move around a lot though.  You would need to build a case for it if you wanted to move it easily.

As for the Arduino, I love the thing and am good with basic coding for it, but my knowledge of electronics is minimal and I probably am not the best resource for it… although I’ll help if I can.

As for DLP printing, there are some good finished products and kits coming/available that make it an easy entry place now, but it still has the drawback of resin cost. Even if you built one from scratch that is the weakest link.  Not saying don’t go for, just be aware that resin is expensive and not as easy to come by.  That being said, the print quality is amazing, although I do not know about the strength of the parts.

BTW, I applaud you for having a project you want to do.  As was said above, often people love the concept of making things and fail to have any concrete goals to work toward.  That’s one of the reason for all of the friendly makerspace competitions as well as maker sites competitions….to give people a goal to work toward while learning new skills.  Let me know if there is anything I can do to help with your printer….say for example learning how to print any parts needed on that new solidoodle or a printrbot+ :)

 

-Kevin

November 20, 2012
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We bought a 2-pound reel of black 1.75mm ABS filament with our 3D printer for $43.  Yesterday I found 2.2-pound reels (1 kg) of ABS in a wide variety of colors on Amazon for $31 with free shipping.  That seems like a very good price and the reviews are good so I want to order at least a couple of reels within the next day or two.  I’d like to know what you think and what colors you think we should get.

  http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=bl…..e=16310091

I’ve heard PLA melts at a lower temp and emits less smell and fumes when it does.  But otherwise I know nothing about it, why we should buy some, or where we should get it.

November 29, 2012
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Sorry for not responding right away, I have been having some health issues(actually going in for surgery tomorrow morning to hopefully resolve it all).  That filament looks ok, the only thing I can say is that sometimes there is too much moisture in the filament or it is inconsistent diameter or oval and not round(all are less than ideal).  The good reviews leave me hopeful that it is worth it.  I would say get it, only way to find out is to get some and if it is good you know you have a good source.  As for colors, I have been using natural and red.  Black, red, and blue tend to be fun to play with.  Be aware that different colors tend to have to use slightly different settings, so I would stick with just one while first playing around and getting everything calibrated.

Hows the order with the solidoodle?

I’ll get back in touch after surgery(hopefully :) .

December 1, 2012
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I hope the surgery goes well and you have a quick recovery.

Our Solidoodle 3D printer is suppose to be delivered this Monday. It won’t be until at least Thursday night, but I’d like to get a small group together at my house next week to check it out and start learning how to use it. I’d also like to start creating user guides / training materials and figure out how we’re going to allocate time to use it and how we’re going to charge for filament. And I think we need to start thinking about buying or building a second 3D printer.

It seems to me that 3D modeling / CAD and 3D printing go hand-in-hand. We’ve had a couple of people offer to teach it so we need to try and get some classes going ASAP.

I ordered the Solidoodle with a reel of black filament. I also bought a reel of white from the Amazon vendor I mentioned earlier. I was going to order additional colors but I thought we I thought we should try out their filament first.

December 20, 2012
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Kevin,

Thank you for coming to Tuesday’s meeting, getting our 3D printer going, and picking a great object to demonstrate it with. You’re great and I hope you’ll teach some classes for us soon.

I don’t have a lot of room and I don’t know when, but I’d like to soon invite you and others who are interested, to come over to my house to use it and maybe play with some other toys (Raspberry Pi, Arduinos, the tricopter Wyatt and I are building, a CNC mill, etc…)

That’s all for now.  I’ve got to run. 

Rob

January 4, 2013
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I would be happy to hang out, let me know!  Sorry for the slow response, the past two weeks have been crazy.  I am actually printing something right now, haha.  I also got that arduino project I was telling you about working just in time.

 

-Kevin

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chainmaille, huh?  I started a shirt of 6-in-1 with 14 gauge wire back in college.  If I woudl have done 4-in-1 it would be done by now!!!

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November 12, 2012
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Kevin
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My name is Kevin.  I am glad to see a move for a makerspace in Rochester.  Comes along at just the right time too(had been discussing with some friends that we should start one if we can’t find one :) .  I work as a computer tech by day.  I am a long time chainmaille artist who has also done bookbinding, origami, and paper craft for years.  I have helped with cosplay and props over the years.  I even had a blast with some arduinos a few years back for a few projects.  Most recent obsession is 3d printing with a nice new Printrbot+. I also have a ton of experience with electronic paper cutters such as the craft robo.

Let me know if there is anything that I can help with.

 

-Kevin

November 18, 2012
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Hi Kevin,

Our long overdue Solidoodle 3D printer is suppose to arrive in 2 or 3 weeks and this time I think they mean it.  When it does we’re going to need someone who is willing to teach others how to use it. 

Also, I think we just ordered one reel of filament and I’d like to order some more ASAP so we don’t run out.  Can you recommend a vendor?  We also have to figure out an easy and fair way to charge people for the amount of filament they use. 

I’d like to hear more about your Printrbot+ because I think we will soon be wanting to build or buy an additional 3D printer.

We’re also looking for someone to teach a basic Arduino class and I’m sure we’ll have people who would like to learn some of your other skills.

And we need people who can inspire others to start making something. I sense a lot of people like the idea of a makerspace but they don’t have something they want to do.  So IMHO, I think we should give them opportunities to help work on some interesting group projects.

If none of those things interest you we have a large assortment of organizational, administrative and managerial type tasks you can help with. laugh

November 18, 2012
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Kevin, welcome!

Me and you are going to have to talk. I’m interested in building a high-res 3D printer based on the DLP projection method. 

Thanks for joining our group, I look forward to meeting with you soon.

November 19, 2012
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I would love to teach how to use this new tech.  I have rapidly learned that it is not as easy as just hitting print, and have picked up a quite few best practices.

Did you get ABS or PLA and how much did you get(usually measured by weight)?  It would not be a bad idea to charge by weight of the finished print including support and whatnot.  This would give a good estimate of remaining material, be a fair way to price, and give a good warning of when to order more.  Another thing to think of is the amount of time it takes to print.  My typical print job lasts from 1 – 8 hours depending on what I am printing and the quality.  I haven’t even got into some of the larger prints I want to do since I am still calibrating everything.

The printrbot+ is Great!  I am still tweaking it since it is a kit form printer.  I am currently looking for a different sheet of glass for it.  The build volume is great (8″^3) and the assembly went pretty smoothly.  It is not a printer I would want to move around a lot though.  You would need to build a case for it if you wanted to move it easily.

As for the Arduino, I love the thing and am good with basic coding for it, but my knowledge of electronics is minimal and I probably am not the best resource for it… although I’ll help if I can.

As for DLP printing, there are some good finished products and kits coming/available that make it an easy entry place now, but it still has the drawback of resin cost. Even if you built one from scratch that is the weakest link.  Not saying don’t go for, just be aware that resin is expensive and not as easy to come by.  That being said, the print quality is amazing, although I do not know about the strength of the parts.

BTW, I applaud you for having a project you want to do.  As was said above, often people love the concept of making things and fail to have any concrete goals to work toward.  That’s one of the reason for all of the friendly makerspace competitions as well as maker sites competitions….to give people a goal to work toward while learning new skills.  Let me know if there is anything I can do to help with your printer….say for example learning how to print any parts needed on that new solidoodle or a printrbot+ :)

 

-Kevin

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We bought a 2-pound reel of black 1.75mm ABS filament with our 3D printer for $43.  Yesterday I found 2.2-pound reels (1 kg) of ABS in a wide variety of colors on Amazon for $31 with free shipping.  That seems like a very good price and the reviews are good so I want to order at least a couple of reels within the next day or two.  I’d like to know what you think and what colors you think we should get.

  http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=bl…..e=16310091

I’ve heard PLA melts at a lower temp and emits less smell and fumes when it does.  But otherwise I know nothing about it, why we should buy some, or where we should get it.

November 29, 2012
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Sorry for not responding right away, I have been having some health issues(actually going in for surgery tomorrow morning to hopefully resolve it all).  That filament looks ok, the only thing I can say is that sometimes there is too much moisture in the filament or it is inconsistent diameter or oval and not round(all are less than ideal).  The good reviews leave me hopeful that it is worth it.  I would say get it, only way to find out is to get some and if it is good you know you have a good source.  As for colors, I have been using natural and red.  Black, red, and blue tend to be fun to play with.  Be aware that different colors tend to have to use slightly different settings, so I would stick with just one while first playing around and getting everything calibrated.

Hows the order with the solidoodle?

I’ll get back in touch after surgery(hopefully :) .

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I hope the surgery goes well and you have a quick recovery.

Our Solidoodle 3D printer is suppose to be delivered this Monday. It won’t be until at least Thursday night, but I’d like to get a small group together at my house next week to check it out and start learning how to use it. I’d also like to start creating user guides / training materials and figure out how we’re going to allocate time to use it and how we’re going to charge for filament. And I think we need to start thinking about buying or building a second 3D printer.

It seems to me that 3D modeling / CAD and 3D printing go hand-in-hand. We’ve had a couple of people offer to teach it so we need to try and get some classes going ASAP.

I ordered the Solidoodle with a reel of black filament. I also bought a reel of white from the Amazon vendor I mentioned earlier. I was going to order additional colors but I thought we I thought we should try out their filament first.

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Kevin,

Thank you for coming to Tuesday’s meeting, getting our 3D printer going, and picking a great object to demonstrate it with. You’re great and I hope you’ll teach some classes for us soon.

I don’t have a lot of room and I don’t know when, but I’d like to soon invite you and others who are interested, to come over to my house to use it and maybe play with some other toys (Raspberry Pi, Arduinos, the tricopter Wyatt and I are building, a CNC mill, etc…)

That’s all for now.  I’ve got to run. 

Rob

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I would be happy to hang out, let me know!  Sorry for the slow response, the past two weeks have been crazy.  I am actually printing something right now, haha.  I also got that arduino project I was telling you about working just in time.

 

-Kevin

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chainmaille, huh?  I started a shirt of 6-in-1 with 14 gauge wire back in college.  If I woudl have done 4-in-1 it would be done by now!!!

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