Friday, March 23, 2012

Something has gone wrong with my RepRap...

Like a scene out of a cartoon, the feed tube of my Huxley Reprap extruder got a great big bulge in it.

I suspect I got some foreign matter in the feed when I changed over the filament, which blocked the nozzle. Rather than have a look to see what the problem was, when the filement was slowly dribbling out, I let it run thinking (hoping) that it might clear itself. You can see the result.

Maybe it's time to order some spares.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

My Anderson Powerpole Connector crisis is over..

After forking out $5 for a single set of Anderson Powerpole Connectors from Jaycar I thought that I would bite the bullet and purchase enough from the US supplier so I wouldn't have to worry about this any more.
100 sets of 30A Anderson Connectors.
I purchased 100 sets from Powerwerx at $0.87 each including shipping, just in time for the Amateur Radio John Moyle Field day. (A previous post about the use for these connectors is here.)
The photo shows the connectors in groups of five, so I could easily count them.

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Reprap Huxley starts to print.

This last weekend (Saturday, 24 February 2012) my Reprap Huxley oozed it's first plastic.
First plastic

This was quite an excitable moment as we have purchased the 3D printer before Christmas as a kit with promises of all the things we could create with it. Since then it has been successfully printing lots of stuff in PLA plastic and I have been able to figure out how to further tune it up and make the prints even better.

A big shout-out to the great guys an the Adelaide Hackerspace who
helped me through the final set of bugs and explained how to effectively use the printing software. (Compose.. then print.) Thanks Pix, Jonathan and Ryan.

Clips for mounting the Huxley circuit board.
Yes, it needs to print parts for itself before it was finished.
The following are some of the items that have successfully been printed.
Small Pink box, 40 x 40 m

Yellow Dragon. 

I need to buy some more filament.