2013年3月24日日曜日

Makerbot!

I've tried 3D printing using Makerbot for the first time! Since I think many people will be doing similar things in the future, I will document what I did here and add links to some of the tools I used.

Accomplishment of the day!

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This is the Makerbot I used.

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 The easiest place to start is to print a sample model from SD card. Makerbot has a SD card slot, just put some data in a SD card, boot Makerbot, select "print from SD card", and you're all set. Easy! Since it's a test, just use something small, thin, so that you don't waste your resource!

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 Cool. Next, I tried to get some softwares on my Mac and print via USB. I also wanted to make something more 3D.

The other thing I did was to change the color of the filaments. They have it written in the link below but is not very apparent- you need to push the grey ring covering the tube when you change the filaments.

http://www.makerbot.com/support/replicator/troubleshooting/

So I went to download Makerware. It's extremely easy to use, it's free, and has some sample 3D models.

 So I started printing a pot ;P

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Done! (The quality is not very good, since I wanted to make it fast. You can actually control between speedy/high quality to slow/low quality)

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Next, I wanted to start making things I wanted to make. I went to a website called Thingiverse where many people creates and shares their 3D models for 3D printing. Searched on "Android" at Thingiverse, and found a 3D model there.

Android Figure Customizable by frankkienl, and it's CC-BY-SA licensed. Awesome!



I'm fumi on Thingiverse by the way :)

http://www.thingiverse.com/fumi/

Imported it to MakerWare and started printing.



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Houston, we have a problem! The arms of Android was too light and it came off and made everything wishywashy!

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I was then advised that I should probably change the temperature. Also, I was told that I should be using a software called ReplicatorG since it has much more control over what you do.

http://replicat.org/

Downloaded ReplicatorG, changed the temperature to 230, also changed the scale to 50% since it was already 9PM or so... and the printing estimate said it will take 3 hours in the original size. Scaling it down to 50% made the printing time to 30 minutes. Yay!

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Cool- this time it stuck!

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Done!

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Honestly... the hardest part for me was pulling off this head part. It stuck on the platform so hard that I thought it was impossible to pull it off!

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So this time I was just printing from a model that other people created, but if you'd like to tweak the model itself, Tinkercad allows you to do it on a browser (and it's free) so definitely check it out.

https://tinkercad.com/

3/26 Update: It looks like Tinkercad is going to be discontinued and the team is going to be starting "Airstone". Announcement here:



BTW- I did get Itokawa (asteroid) printed in the past, but the data was there, all I did was push a button, so that doesn't count.

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I've been making stuff with 3D mills in the past, but 3D mills and 3D printers are 2 different things. This is 2D data used to mill on acrylic boards.

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 Milling.... waiting...

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 Result!

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 Acrylics are pretty cool because if you put LEDs behind it, it will reflect the colors.

  3D mill

 This one, I tried using a 2D HTML5 logo, put it on 3D modeling software and make a 3D data so that it looks cooler.

  3Dmill


3/25 Note:
I heard that using Slic3r will make the slicing on ReplicatorG faster, so installed it.
http://slic3r.org/download
The problem is, I haven't figured out how to change the temperature setting with this ;)

3/29 Note:
Mashable: How 3D Printing Actually Works

4/5 Update:

I wanted to do something more complicated, so I went on and created a 3D Yoda.

3D Voronoi Yoda - by @Dizingof

The original takes 8 hours to print, so decided to shrink it. 33% model takes around 40 minutes to print. Not bad!

Garage band

Err, I take it back. It is bad- it was too small so Yoda's ears could not hold... :(

Tried with 50% size, and this time it took 1 hour and 40 minutes.

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But it worked! From the front...

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Right...

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Left...

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Back...

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Perfect!

So my next step was to create something more complicated with multiple parts.

This R2D2 had 8 parts, and looks interesting.

R2D2 (derived from InnovationByLayer, fixed, turned)

So I started building it...

head

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Feet and legs

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Body

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OK, this worked.

TODO:

The next step is using dual filaments.

I tried downloading this model, but the "glowing parts"is getting errors on ReplicatorG, so this might not work...

Ingress Xmp Burster

The other thing I want to try is using PLA filament instead of ABS (all of the printing I did so far is with ABS).

This is what they did at NoiseBridge with Makerbot using PLA filaments- transparent objects, and put LEDs that change their colors. Extremely cool.

Plastic and transparent filaments

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 This is how the lamps look.

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And this is how the lamps look when you put the LEDs inside

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LEDs inside that changes colors

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Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are my own, and do not reflect those of my employer. -Fumi Yamazaki