Are 3D Printers Finally Practical?

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Re: Are 3D Printers Finally Practical?

Post by ctwo » Tue Nov 27, 2018 5:21 pm

I've run out of ideas of things to print.
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Re: Are 3D Printers Finally Practical?

Post by WJH » Thu Nov 29, 2018 7:45 am

I just bought a Taig ballscrew CNC, and an Acorn. Can't wait to give it a try. As for printing stuff, try using it for actual parts.

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Re: Are 3D Printers Finally Practical?

Post by Rick » Thu Nov 29, 2018 7:49 pm

Been printing models to be used as casting patterns for a club member that's building a J Class Loco. Printed drivers and tender truck frames that will be cast and printed journal box covers that will be used on the tender trucks once they are cleaned up and painted. The tender truck frames has to be printed in two pieces. I evidently didn't take a picture of the covers.
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Re: Are 3D Printers Finally Practical?

Post by Bill Shields » Sat Dec 08, 2018 5:33 pm

Printing steamer patterns and other things like lost wax forms for jewelry is a great boon...3D printing has a lot of uses..

some patterns I made for a fellow at the club.
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Re: Are 3D Printers Finally Practical?

Post by WJH » Tue Dec 11, 2018 8:33 am

I just designed and printed DIN rail mounts and clips for my Acorn, relay board, and power supplies. Also made mounts for my G540 for my CNC Taig project for less than $5 in material.

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Re: Are 3D Printers Finally Practical?

Post by Adirondack » Wed Feb 20, 2019 10:42 am

SteveHGraham wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:54 pm
I put an Anet A6 together, but I can't get it to work. Apparently, the free software either likes your computer, or it doesn't, and debugging the problem is the end user's job. I have no idea how to make it run.
Have you read the manual? Contacted customer service? Gone online and used Google?

What is the "free software" called? That would help with answers.
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Re: Are 3D Printers Finally Practical?

Post by SteveHGraham » Wed Feb 20, 2019 1:57 pm

No, none of those things occurred to me. Do you think they would help?
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Re: Are 3D Printers Finally Practical?

Post by NP317 » Wed Feb 20, 2019 11:57 pm

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Re: Are 3D Printers Finally Practical?

Post by Adirondack » Thu Feb 21, 2019 10:18 pm

SteveHGraham wrote:
Wed Feb 20, 2019 1:57 pm
No, none of those things occurred to me. Do you think they would help?
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Re: Are 3D Printers Finally Practical?

Post by PhooBar » Fri Jun 07, 2019 12:01 pm

SteveHGraham wrote:
Wed Feb 20, 2019 1:57 pm
No, none of those things occurred to me. Do you think they would help?
Steve,
I had the same kind of problems with my Printrbot
Ask around and see if you have a Makerspace in your area. There are usually several 3D experts in their membership.
Check out your local High School as well. Some of them teach kids how to run 3D printers.

I'm using Tinkercad and Cura with good results.
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Re: Are 3D Printers Finally Practical?

Post by Bill Shields » Fri Jun 07, 2019 1:10 pm

remember that generally you get what you pay for.

if you pay nothing, then expectations should be low..

HOWEVER, if you pay something...then it is a different kettle of fish...

sometimes you pay a lot and get nothing...other times, you actually get what you pay for..which is why many of the more successful companies are still in business..but $$$ for what they provide.
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Re: Are 3D Printers Finally Practical?

Post by PhooBar » Tue Oct 08, 2019 3:37 pm

And I think this answers the original question very nicely.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrJPGO_ ... L&index=35
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