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Postby pocketscience » 2011-Dec-Thu-05-Dec

<plants Australian flag firmly in the ground>

Hey,

Who else from Australia is getting a PB? I'm in Sydney (Lane Cove) and this is my first foray into 3D printing. I had been lusting after a MakerBot for a while, but PB fits my needs well enough.


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Postby visualmagic » 2011-Dec-Thu-20-Dec

G'day mate,

I'm still watching the hours count down sitting on the fence...

Not sure what I'd build, and don't want a house full of crocodile shaped paperclips.

But... I'm fascinated where this industry will grow to, so think there's some big advantages in getting in on th ground floor and evolving with everyone else.

What do you want to do with the machine?

I'm Alex, by the way.
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Re: G'day

Postby markvovo » 2011-Dec-Fri-08-Dec

Gold Coast here.

Also first timer in 3D. Been meaning to get a xy plotter or similar in the past, but 3D is fascinating. I would also like to make some interchangeable brackets, so that I can add a Dremel or a Laser.
I have the Dremel (with flexible chuck cable), but don't know where to start for a Laser. To continue the RepRap, I think a Laser Cutter is required, as well as plastic printing.

I have spent the last week reading wiki's and looking at vids of 3D printing - I am now totally hooked. Not that I really needed much to hook me. Into Ardunio's, programming and generally all things geek.

Pledged for the new printrbot LC (was the printrbot+ , but since seeing the new specs 6x6x6 should do anything I can think of for now).

I don't have anything worked out to print besides some things on thingiverse - got to get up to speed on 3D cad software for Mac first.

Cheers

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Re: G'day

Postby aDB » 2011-Dec-Sat-20-Dec

Melbourne represent!

Printrbot is my first time leaving the software world - like many of us I'm guessing, the price & simplicity (I hope!) compared to Makerbots & the RepRaps is what tipped the balance for me.

I'm most interested in discovering what making musical instruments will lead to, what my kids will do with 3D printing and doing whatever we can do to get these machines into every school in the country.

This is an exciting world we are opening up!

If you're new to the whole making scene - do check out the Hackerspaces movement and find (or start!) a Hackerspace in your community: http://hackerspaces.org/wiki/Australia. "Hackerspaces are community-operated physical places, where people can meet and work on their projects." There are spaces in most of the capitals and some regional centres!

Now to wait until (gasp) March for delivery!
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Re: G'day

Postby yeeehah » 2011-Dec-Sun-05-Dec

Sydney also. Very excited about getting one of these.Mostly interested in using it to create pieces for inclusion in art construction I am making.
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Re: G'day

Postby swordfishBob » 2011-Dec-Sun-16-Dec

G'day

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Re: G'day

Postby Calrain » 2011-Dec-Mon-08-Dec

Howdy,

I'm from Brisbane and have been saving for a long time to build a CNC machine from scratch, but saw this project and jumped in for a Printrbot which then upgraded the PB+ when it was announced.

I've already sourced some 3mm ABS plastic, I hope they don't change the extruder on me, but I got it from http://lybina.com/ who are based in Australia at a pretty decent price, the good thing was he cheap local shipping. I'm not affiliated with them at all. They only have 3 colours, White, Black and Natural which I've been told is the color of honey, but they don't have the Natural in stock until 2012, so I settled for the Black and White.

I'll try ABS plastic to start with, may try some PLA as well, it's the plastic that smells like bikkies when it's heated as it's made from sugar cane as the raw material. ABS can be a bit stinky I've been told so I'll build a little hood with a soldering iron exhaust fan blowing the air down a 4 inch tube and out the window, hope the people next door don't mind the smell of ABS plastic in the morning!

I'm looking forward to building a CNC machine, with the 3D printer I hope to make some parts until the CNC machine can manufacture wood and then aluminium parts to replace the plastic bits, unless plastic can last.

I've never done 3D printing before so tons to learn, looking forward to it!
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Re: G'day

Postby eddiema » 2011-Dec-Mon-17-Dec

I'm in Ipswich(Brisbane).
I've never 3D printed but I've been following the reprap project since before the reprap site was created.
I have a lot of things to try but I may get distracted.
One thing I need to begin is a CAD system which can do compound curves.
Like something that could design say a (model) canoe or aircraft and cut it into join-able pieces.
Ciao Eddie.M.
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Re: G'day

Postby Viper » 2011-Dec-Mon-21-Dec

Hey Chaps,

Another Melbournite here.
I'm probably going to use it to prototype car/race parts and such, before getting them CNC'd or laser cut.
Then just to print random shit to have lying around the house ;p

Always wanted to get into 3D printing, never found the right unit, so hopefully the PB+ shall be right choice.
Have a few ideas for upgrades and mods, so it shall be fun discussing them here.

Cheers,
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Re: G'day

Postby dhein » 2011-Dec-Wed-04-Dec

.. and Adelaide!

I'm a gadget/technology fan, so have been fascinated by the idea of 3D printing. However @ over $1000 I just couldn't justify the outlay, but the Printrbot for around 1/2 that was too good to pass up. I saw a couple of thing-o-matic machines @ TEDx Adelaide a few weeks back which was my first live demo of these machines - you can see some pics here http://www.flickr.com/photos/davecafe/. It was so cool to see these things spitting out Darth Vaders head, bolts, gears & such. Really looking forward to getting my kit!
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Re: G'day

Postby markvovo » 2011-Dec-Wed-05-Dec

@Calrain
Where did you find the ABS filament on the lybina.com website?
I can't see it mentioned anywhere.
Anyone know of supplier in Brisbane or closer?
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Re: G'day

Postby eddiema » 2011-Dec-Wed-06-Dec

markvovo wrote:@Calrain
Where did you find the ABS filament on the lybina.com website?
I can't see it mentioned anywhere.
Anyone know of supplier in Brisbane or closer?
Mark

I've heard NZ is worth a try too. I'll try to get details.
I saw some fairly cheap ABS on an ebay link posted here somewhere - it was I think 5Kg.
Alibaba was also mentioned but I wouldn't deal with them unless I was desperate.
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Re: G'day

Postby Cazna52 » 2011-Dec-Wed-19-Dec

I am in Sydney on the north shore and am very eager to get hold of a printrbot but it is going to take me at least a few months to get the money together. I have been wanting a 3d printer for years but makerbot is too expensive and building a reprap seemed like a hell of a challenge sourcing all the parts.

I am also interested in trying to modify the printrbot to print wax so that I could print wax moulds for aluminium casting.
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Re: G'day

Postby eddiema » 2011-Dec-Wed-20-Dec

Cazna52 wrote:I am also interested in trying to modify the printrbot to print wax so that I could print wax moulds for aluminium casting.

Looks like we have a few people interested in wax.
This will be a thread in mods.
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Re: G'day

Postby Calrain » 2012-Jan-Fri-19-Jan

@eddiema - I sent them an email and got the prices that way, their web site is pretty poor. Delivery was quick.
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Re: G'day

Postby eddiema » 2012-Jan-Fri-22-Jan

Calrain wrote:@eddiema - I sent them an email and got the prices that way, their web site is pretty poor. Delivery was quick.

What was the price?
I've backed the filabot. Not totally confident but will see how well it works.
I've emailed astronplastics. http://www.astronplastics.com.au/aus/resin.html
I enquired about recycled plastic to run through it.
My concern is particle contamination blocking the head.
Hopefully their process filters the pips out.
It sounds like some of the processes de-polymerize the plastic then re-polymerize it again.
I'm not optimistic about using commercial recycled flakes.
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Re: G'day

Postby Anna » 2012-Jan-Sat-02-Jan

Hi all,
I'm in (western) Brisbane, and looking forward to learning the ropes of 3D printing.
I've pledged for the printrbot LC.
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Re: G'day

Postby eddiema » 2012-Jan-Sat-03-Jan

Anna wrote:Hi all,
I'm in (western) Brisbane, and looking forward to learning the ropes of 3D printing.
I've pledged for the printrbot LC.

Sounds like you live close to me - think motorway upgrade.
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Re: G'day

Postby Michael@Oz » 2012-Jan-Sun-23-Jan

G'day from Canberra.

I'm getting the plastic kit.

I've been collecting bits & pieces for a REPSTRAP for a while now, but for the price (and simplicity) the Printrbot sold me.

I've got PLA filament on order from here. I asked whether they could produce a starter pack of various colours, they think it is a good idea; I'll post when I get more info.
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Re: G'day

Postby eddiema » 2012-Jan-Mon-03-Jan

Michael@Oz wrote:
I've got PLA filament on order from here. I asked whether they could produce a starter pack of various colours, they think it is a good idea; I'll post when I get more info.

Prices seem about right. What did postage cost you?
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Re: G'day

Postby kiah » 2012-Feb-Mon-23-Feb

G'day from Perth.

I'll be getting one within the next few months. Looks very nice.
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Re: G'day

Postby MissMegs » 2012-Feb-Sat-20-Feb

G'Day from Tassie :)

I've had a makerbot for about 18 months now, lots of fiddling and a fairly steep learning curve..

Its more of a useful toy given it's size.

Would love to see one with a 2400 x 1200 footprint
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Re: G'day

Postby Michael@Oz » 2012-Feb-Tue-01-Feb

eddiema wrote:Prices seem about right. What did postage cost you?


Sorry Eddie, I didn't get an email re your post.

Postage was ~$10, fastway couriers. (for 1kg reel)
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Re: G'day

Postby Michael@Oz » 2012-Feb-Wed-10-Feb

Michael@Oz wrote:G'day from Canberra.
I've got PLA filament on order from here. I asked whether they could produce a starter pack of various colours, they think it is a good idea; I'll post when I get more info.

It was shipped promptly. Obviously I have yet to get my Printrbot, so filament is untested by me, but it looks good. :mrgreen:

Tony @ ozreprap has released the starter pack, "Multi coloured pack of 5 x 20 metre coils of 3mm PLA filament. The colours are red, blue, yellow, green and natural. $40.00"

http://ozreprap.com/zencart/index.php?m ... ucts_id=29

Also 10% off all orders. :D "The coupon is worth 10.00% discount against your order. The coupon is valid between 02/29/2012 and 03/01/2013".

Coupon is "10%OFF4PRINTRBOT".

Note, ordering is two step, Order, then manually logon to paypal and xfer the payment. Hopefully this will mature.

My multicolour PLA & 2.5kg black ABS is incoming... $40 + $75 + $14 shipping -10%, seems 2 b good value.

Enjoy. ;)
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Re: G'day

Postby Michael@Oz » 2012-Feb-Wed-11-Feb

Michael@Oz wrote:
Michael@Oz wrote:G'day from Canberra.
Also 10% off all orders. :D "The coupon is worth 10.00% discount against your order. The coupon is valid between 02/29/2012 and 03/01/2013".

Coupon is "10%OFF4PRINTRBOT".


edit/ The coupon only works once /edit
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Re: G'day

Postby tony » 2012-Feb-Wed-21-Feb

There's no hurry, that coupon is good for 12 months. 10%OFF4PRINTRBOT
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Re: G'day

Postby Michael@Oz » 2012-Feb-Wed-23-Feb

Yeh well it was 3am after all :?
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Re: G'day

Postby qaszar » 2012-Mar-Sun-17-Mar

Hi all
Gympie side here,
It's been absolutely pouring with rain all night and is still pouring.
Can't go to work, not that I do anyway - work at home, but partners can't get in.

I am new to this 3D print world,
thanks for the discount code,
I am keeping an eye on things happening, specially near Brissy.
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Re: G'day

Postby pocketscience » 2012-Apr-Thu-23-Apr

Picked up my multi-colour PLA starter pack from Tony at OzReprap this afternoon. I suggested he might want to offer an ABS starter pack as well, which he said he could do. It's nice being able to pickup stuff in person. Tony seemed like a nice bloke and I'd suggest people checkout his store if they're looking for printer bits.

Anyway, not much else to report - still waiting for my Printrbot to arrive - backer #147, so hopefully not too long now...


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Re: G'day

Postby Michael@Oz » 2012-Apr-Fri-01-Apr

pocketscience wrote:still waiting for my Printrbot to arrive - backer #147, so hopefully not too long now...


How do you find out your backer number?
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Re: G'day

Postby Michael@Oz » 2012-Apr-Fri-18-Apr

Thanks Karma,

I'm backer #274 :D

So now we need a thread where received Printrbots are listed by backer number; assuming they are shipped in order (??).
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Postby pocketscience » 2012-Apr-Mon-18-Apr

I got a tracking number from Brooks wife - my PB has landed in Oz and is going through the local system right now. Hoping for delivery Thursday, Friday at latest in time for a weekend of building.


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Postby Michael@Oz » 2012-Apr-Mon-20-Apr

pocketscience wrote:I got a tracking number from Brooks wife - my PB has landed in Oz and is going through the local system right now. Hoping for delivery Thursday, Friday at latest in time for a weekend of building.


So #274-#147 = only 127 to go :) .... tapping foot ...
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Postby Michael@Oz » 2012-Apr-Thu-19-Apr

Michael@Oz wrote:only 127 to go :) .... tapping foot ...

No longer tapping foot...

LOOK WHAT I GOT! :D
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now work to do....

PS No email/tracking number received ??

edit
Like others on the kickstarter comments page, my package did not have the power supply.
I've emailed the store, perhaps they were shipped in a seperate package??
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Re: G'day

Postby ajd4096 » 2012-Apr-Mon-20-Apr

http://i.imgur.com/RcOD9.jpg

I figured spare gears were a higher priority than glass mounting tabs.
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Re: G'day

Postby eddiema » 2012-Apr-Mon-20-Apr

ajd4096 wrote:http://i.imgur.com/RcOD9.jpg

I figured spare gears were a higher priority than glass mounting tabs.

Agreed. Gears and limit switch stuff.
We should make pact (is that the word) if any locals (aussies in this case) break a vital part those with working printers will help them out if we can.
I'm out of action today - minor repairs and real work to do.
Do you have links to the gear files? I'm guessing the extruder parts are just "wade extruder" parts but what about the toothed belt pulleys?
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Re: G'day

Postby ajd4096 » 2012-Apr-Mon-20-Apr

I used some steel make-a-bracket stuff from big-B to mount the limit switches.

For the toothed belt pulleys, I used this:
http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:6822
http://www.thingiverse.com/download:20990

For the extruder gears, I used this:
http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:10707
http://www.thingiverse.com/download:49460
(slightly different ratio, but I couldn't get the scad export to be manifold)
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Postby eddiema » 2012-Apr-Mon-21-Apr

ajd4096 wrote:I used some steel make-a-bracket stuff from big-B to mount the limit switches.

For the toothed belt pulleys, I used this:
http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:6822
http://www.thingiverse.com/download:20990

For the extruder gears, I used this:
http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:10707
http://www.thingiverse.com/download:49460
(slightly different ratio, but I couldn't get the scad export to be manifold)

Thanx,
I want to used printed stuff where I can. A lump of polymorph is a practical solution for many mods but now I have a printer I want to print and publish improvements.
I'm also hoping my red ABS arrives soon so I can print the mods in a different colour.
It reminds me of the book "the soul of the new machine" which was about building a mini-computer in the old days of big frames and wire-wrapping.
The prototype would be wrapped in one color - say blue. The mods were done in another - say red.
Over time the machine became redder and redder.
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Re: G'day

Postby Michael@Oz » 2012-Apr-Mon-22-Apr

ajd4096 wrote:http://i.imgur.com/RcOD9.jpg

I figured spare gears were a higher priority than glass mounting tabs.
Got to work on your focus there aj... :geek:
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Re: G'day

Postby pocketscience » 2012-Apr-Mon-23-Apr

eddiema wrote:We should make pact (is that the word) if any locals (aussies in this case) break a vital part those with working printers will help them out if we can.


I'm totally onboard with making "a pact" regarding helping each other out. That's what being makers is all about!

Once I've got my bot sorted I'm printing an entire set of parts to have on hand, just in case...

Anyone heading up to San Francisco for MakerFaire? Long shot I guess, but I'll be there on Sunday 20th May.


Cheers,
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Postby Michael@Oz » 2012-Apr-Mon-23-Apr

pocketscience wrote:
eddiema wrote:We should make pact (is that the word) if any locals (aussies in this case) break a vital part those with working printers will help them out if we can.


I'm totally onboard with making "a pact" regarding helping each other out. That's what being makers is all about!

Once I've got my bot sorted I'm printing an entire set of parts to have on hand, just in case...

Anyone heading up to San Francisco for MakerFaire? Long shot I guess, but I'll be there on Sunday 20th May.


Cheers,

Yeh, i agree, both on a pact and after a few fun prints, a complete bot part print in a nice colour. I'm gona bling my bot ;D starting with LEDs :ugeek:
Hence my Printrbot #274 will reproduce Printrbot #274#2 (8" version) and be my own reprap (rather than brooks).
Then I have two bots so can print spares should one need some. :idea: Then 12", 16", 24" then the world ... oops geting carried away there sorry :roll:

Need to start listing Oz places to get the non printed stuff (called Vitamins in the Reprap community), I'll start another thread for this soon...
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Re: G'day

Postby ajd4096 » 2012-Apr-Mon-23-Apr

Michael@Oz wrote:Got to work on your focus there aj... :geek:


It was moving too fast!
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Postby Michael@Oz » 2012-Apr-Mon-23-Apr

ajd4096 wrote:It was moving too fast!

Shutter speed then... ;)
By the way, did you see Brook's comment to not use blue tape with printing on it?
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Re: G'day

Postby eddiema » 2012-May-Tue-00-May

Michael@Oz wrote:
ajd4096 wrote:It was moving too fast!

Shutter speed then... ;)
By the way, did you see Brook's comment to not use blue tape with printing on it?

I think so. Not sure what their blue tape is. I haven't seen it here.
I tried silver cloth tape - terrible mess and brown plastic packing tape - no good.
I haven't tried paper tape or the un-reinforced silver tape.
I get really good results on the bare bed. If I let it cool down the piece usually pops off by itself.
Related note - I wish he hadn't printed on the hotbed - is blemishes the part stuck there.
I think we will find stuff to prime the (glass?) bed as we go. The ink used on the PCB works. Marking pen might work.
Yes ABS glue came to mind. It is a new area of research. I'd like to be able to print without using so much heating power.
Fairly minor issue on a small bed but a big waste as the printers get big.
My whole house runs on about 250W averaged.
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Re: G'day

Postby ajd4096 » 2012-May-Tue-00-May

eddiema wrote:I think so. Not sure what their blue tape is. I haven't seen it here.


This was "Scotch" brand from bunnings, available in several colours.

Any of the smooth low-residue masking tapes should work ok:
http://reprap.org/wiki/BlueTape

I'm quite happy with how my prints are turning out - my gears are better than Brook's. (But then again, I'm not working against a deadline. :) )
Bridging isn't as good as I like yet, but I'm getting there.

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Re: G'day

Postby eddiema » 2012-May-Tue-00-May

ajd4096 wrote:
eddiema wrote:I think so. Not sure what their blue tape is. I haven't seen it here.


This was "Scotch" brand from bunnings, available in several colours.

Any of the smooth low-residue masking tapes should work ok:
http://reprap.org/wiki/BlueTape

I'm quite happy with how my prints are turning out - my gears are better than Brook's. (But then again, I'm not working against a deadline. :) )
Bridging isn't as good as I like yet, but I'm getting there.

(edit: fix quoting)

I'll give it a try sometime.
I'm happy with most of my prints but sharp corners aren't great.
Also a made a calibration box with 1mm walls and get a strange contraction about 5mm up then to goes flat again.
I started some prints at .1mm layer but my E-gear started to slip. Did another and Y belt slipped.
I must do some work and I'll fire up PB again later.
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Re: G'day

Postby aDB » 2012-May-Fri-00-May

Michael@Oz wrote:
Michael@Oz wrote:only 127 to go :) .... tapping foot ...

No longer tapping foot...

LOOK WHAT I GOT! :D
now work to do....

edit
Like others on the kickstarter comments page, my package did not have the power supply.
I've emailed the store, perhaps they were shipped in a seperate package??
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Congrats! Once I figured out my backer number (1645) I know I get to learn from all the experience of just about everyone else :-)

Since I have a plus on the way, I have to work out this power supply issue as well. Any tricks? Seems like most any ATX unit will do.

Might be a while yet for me ... time to learn what I need to get ready to build & print.
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Re: G'day

Postby Michael@Oz » 2012-May-Fri-01-May

aDB wrote:Since I have a plus on the way, I have to work out this power supply issue as well. Any tricks? Seems like most any ATX unit will do.

Might be a while yet for me ... time to learn what I need to get ready to build & print.


Welcome :mrgreen: - where are you - helps if you put your location in your profile.

Yeh any 250+W ATX (recent vintage - with a 2+2 plug in addition to the ATX24 plug) will do.
If you do a bit of looking around here you will see various people doing different things.
For example if you're electrically 'handy', you have options.
I spent a bit more to get a 'cable management' ATX so it had less spaghetti to deal with.
I went with a 450W one because I'm planning a double wide bot so it can power the second hot bed.

Lots of ground breaking stuff here to learn, as you probably have the time :|

You should watch the build videos before browsing too much and it may make more sense.
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Re: G'day

Postby Cubane » 2012-Jul-Thu-08-Jul

G'day everyone,

Another Canberra local here. My printbot just arrived. Unfortunately one of the base parts is very poorly printed so I am going to have to ask for a replacement. That will give me time to review the assembly videos and order some glass, tape and more ABS for future prints.

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Re: G'day

Postby Michael@Oz » 2012-Jul-Thu-08-Jul

Cubane wrote:G'day everyone,

Another Canberra local here. My printbot just arrived. Unfortunately one of the base parts is very poorly printed so I am going to have to ask for a replacement. That will give me time to review the assembly videos and order some glass, tape and more ABS for future prints.

Alistair


G'day, I'm in Canberra and have have a couple of printed bases, or rather this one (in stylish black), waiting for other bits to make bot#2.

Happy to donate if that helps. PM me if interested.

Michael
ps But you still need to review the videos and more importantly browse through the assembly thread here, lots of tips.
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Re: G'day

Postby Cubane » 2012-Jul-Thu-19-Jul

I'll see what they say. I looked through the other parts and I am also missing the vertical stop bit that attaches to the new base design and the extruder mount had the bearing already installed but is cracked in 2 directions from where the bearing was installed. I am keen to get some glass mounting pieces that don't come with the kit though.
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Re: G'day

Postby Michael@Oz » 2012-Jul-Thu-19-Jul

Cubane wrote:I'll see what they say. I looked through the other parts and I am also missing the vertical stop bit that attaches to the new base design and the extruder mount had the bearing already installed but is cracked in 2 directions from where the bearing was installed. I am keen to get some glass mounting pieces that don't come with the kit though.

I assume you mean the Zendstop that bolts on next to the base? If so glue gun can suffice initially to mount thw switch, just align with the screw, then you can print one.

For the crack, get some acetone from H/W store and a small brush.
Brush some acetone so it gets sucked into the crack, remove bearing, clamp so the crack closes and leave for a few hours to dry.
Acetone melts & bonds the ABS so it is one piece again.
Then carve/file out a little of the inside, you will see where the bearing wont fit.

For glass most use it from cheap 6x8" picture frames at $2 shop etc, thin but works. Careful if clamping the end with a gap below the end of the hotbed, put something under of the same thickness, other wise you will have two broken pains like me. :? edit/ and bulldog clips to clamp it /edit
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Re: G'day

Postby ajd4096 » 2012-Jul-Fri-05-Jul

Michael@Oz wrote:For the crack, get some acetone from H/W store and a small brush.


Yep, this works well.

Make sure the brush has a wooden handle and natural bristles, and get the big bottle.
You will use it.

From memory, Bunnings prices were very non-linear, something like:
250ml $8, 500ml $9, 1000ml $10

I think I paid $3/l last time I bought a drum.
Check your nearest smash repair supplier.
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Re: G'day

Postby Cubane » 2012-Jul-Fri-08-Jul

I actually already have some in the garage. I'll have to give that a go over the weekend.
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Re: G'day

Postby Michael@Oz » 2012-Jul-Fri-08-Jul

ajd4096 wrote:
Michael@Oz wrote:For the crack, get some acetone from H/W store and a small brush.


Yep, this works well.

Make sure the brush has a wooden handle and natural bristles, and get the big bottle.
You will use it.

From memory, Bunnings prices were very non-linear, something like:
250ml $8, 500ml $9, 1000ml $10

I think I paid $3/l last time I bought a drum.
Check your nearest smash repair supplier.


Yeh, 'cheapest prices'....

After my acetone spill on the laptop exerciseI have a 250ml bottle with 10% full which I top-up from the 1000ml bottle, less risk of doing it again :o or at least as badly...
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Re: G'day

Postby Cubane » 2012-Jul-Sun-01-Jul

Well I hit it up with the acetone. The crack is still quite visible would you expect it to disappear? It actually looks like another section of this part has the same method applied to it and some of the holes have been drilled out. If I ever get a response from the printrbot team I will see what they say. If I haven't heard from them by mid week or the weekend I might hit you for the base part and hopefully I can get things tuned up and then print out some replacements in case it breaks in the future.
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Re: G'day

Postby Michael@Oz » 2012-Jul-Sun-01-Jul

Cubane wrote:Well I hit it up with the acetone. The crack is still quite visible would you expect it to disappear? It actually looks like another section of this part has the same method applied to it and some of the holes have been drilled out.


If the two bits are firmly stuck and don't move the that's all you need, just don't force anything, trim/drill etc for a nice fit.
Cubane wrote: If I ever get a response from the printrbot team I will see what they say. If I haven't heard from them by mid week or the weekend I might hit you for the base part and hopefully I can get things tuned up and then print out some replacements in case it breaks in the future.

No probs.
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Postby Cubane » 2012-Jul-Mon-18-Jul

I got a reply from the printrbot team. They are going to send more parts out.

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Re: G'day

Postby StormAngel » 2012-Jul-Mon-20-Jul

:geek: Hi all, another Canberra local here - well, I actually live closer to Bungendore.

I've been creating various things in SketchUp for a few years now; some of which I have actually built, such as some shelving units, an office in the garage, and my garden.
Anyhow, I got an email about an hour ago to say my Printrbot+ has finally been shipped :shock: :o :P :D :!:
This will be my first 3D printer; so I'm quite excited, as I'm sure you can see ;)

Looks like there's plenty of info in here to keep me occupied for a long while.
Se ya around,
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Postby Michael@Oz » 2012-Jul-Mon-21-Jul

StormAngel wrote::geek: Hi all, another Canberra local here - well, I actually live closer to Bungendore.
Anyhow, I got an email about an hour ago to say my Printrbot+ has finally been shipped :shock: :o :P :D :!:
This will be my first 3D printer; so I'm quite excited, as I'm sure you can see ;)

Looks like there's plenty of info in here to keep me occupied for a long while.


G'day. Make sure you also checkout the Wiki, top right ^ corner of page (need separate registration).
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Re: G'day

Postby Cubane » 2012-Jul-Mon-21-Jul

Woot my replacement parts showed up today and they look good so I think I am all ready to go.
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Re: G'day

Postby StormAngel » 2012-Jul-Tue-17-Jul

A courier van just dropped a package off for me :D
I thought it might be my Printrbot, but the box is the wrong shape, and has Sony printed all over it; instead its the new Handycam that I ordered on Monday.
Oh well, it will be here soon enough :|

Michael, thanks for the wiki link; I had a look around there last night. The Export to .stl plugin for Sketchup should be just what I need - as far as I can tell it works fine, though obviously I have yet to actually print the file it created.
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Re: G'day

Postby fermata » 2012-Aug-Thu-20-Aug

G'day from Melbourne.

I just got my delivery notice via email for my PB+ (KS #1505).
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Re: G'day

Postby SMM » 2012-Aug-Sat-05-Aug

Another Canberran here. Seems to be a few of us.

Just finished assembly of my LC, waiting on some Kapton tape now to start printing.
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Re: G'day

Postby Cubane » 2012-Aug-Sat-07-Aug

Mine is assembled now and has done it's first prints. I am already super impressed by the output and I have done no calibration. I printed out a test model and then a skull for one of the kids. They are doing the Human body at school and 3D objects in maths so it was good timing for it to start printing.
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Re: G'day

Postby fermata » 2012-Aug-Sun-19-Aug

Got my PB+ on my desk today. Pity I wont be back in the office for another 2 days to check all the parts are there, and I cant start assembling it for another week. But its getting closer.
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Re: G'day

Postby gecko » 2012-Aug-Mon-21-Aug

Hi Guys. I got my PB+ in the mail in Sydney about 2 weeks ago.

I had some problems with an incorrectly cut base piece and a cracked extruder idler which slowed me up while I hacked a solution together. Chris from the PB team was really helpful and offered replacement parts, I am just a little too impatient to wait for new parts before starting the build. I made up some better fitting belt idlers and extruder components on our handy office Makerbot because I'm too lazy to clean up the ones that came in the kit.

Last night I finished the build, connected all the electronics up and checked the stepper motors, I even made a few small blobs of molten plastic and giggled like a little school girl. Tonight I should be able to start my first calibration prints and expect to have a fully functioning Printrbot+ by the weekend. :D

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Re: G'day

Postby adrian6129 » 2012-Sep-Fri-01-Sep

G'day Guys
Just ordered an LC ..... and now settling down to patiently await the arrival of the goodies from across the pond.
Based just outside Melbourne .... Ferntree Gully actually.
As I 'play' with 'toy trains' I have a never ending stream of projects that I want/need/can't-do-without that can, possibly, be fabricated but the thought of 3D printing is mind-blowing. Draw it once, start the printer, move on to the next project.
Realize that there is going to be a learning curve .... just hoping its not too steep !
Interesting to see if the quality of my 'prints' match those on the net.
I am glad to see that I am not the only one here down-under.
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Re: G'day

Postby mirrorfinish » 2012-Sep-Wed-19-Sep

Hi all again.

Fermata here, however I forgot my password and the reset function doesnt seem to be working. So new account.

finally opened my PB+, hope to starting to setting it up tonight and have it finished by the sunday.

Have some suggestions I will post in other forums.
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Re: G'day

Postby JonB » 2013-May-Sat-23-May

In Redcliffe (Brisbane Northside)

Just started putting together my Plus V2, taking a little longer to tweak things to get everything square and running to the full travel lengths.

Going to upgrade to m5 x axis rods before I start calibrating it.

Looking forward to hopefully learning some and getting it running properly over the next few weeks then working out what mods to do for best quality.

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Re: G'day

Postby Hadesblue » 2013-Jun-Wed-06-Jun

I'm from Perth, i got a plus v2 also, nearly finished building it. Assembly wasn't as easy as i thought it would be, I'm glad i had experience building a 3D printer before. My first 3D printer was a Mendal Prusa.
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Re: G'day

Postby REPRAP SQUAD » 2013-Jun-Fri-12-Jun

I too just got a Plus not too long ago. I upgraded my PB original to the new V2. I love it so far but I havnt got it up and running yet because I am doing heavy modifications to mine before starting her up. So far ive extended the Z-axis, converted to a bowden setup, added z axis stiffiners, custom bed and bed mount reinforcements and much more. I cant wait to get my new RAMPS electronics so I can run it as a standalone printer.
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Re: G'day

Postby IanY57 » 2013-Jul-Sun-22-Jul

Gold Coast Here :D

Just this very moment order my PB JR

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Re: G'day

Postby IanY57 » 2013-Jul-Mon-21-Jul

So just received an email confirming that my printrbot JR has been shipped - amazing

I thought i would have to wait for 3 weeks

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